Sweet potato is all the rage. This works well in my house because my husband loves them and my 4-year old has been brainwashed into thinking they are a super food. I thought I’d give sweet potato biscuits a try. You know, add a healthy element to an otherwise, umm how should I put this delicately, we’ll call it a butter-filled bread. The sweet potato and orange zest give these biscuits a beautiful, sweet flavor. We loved it. Add in the orange honey butter and you’ve got yourself a delicious little treat!
Sweet Potato Biscuits
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1 cup cold butter, cut into pieces
1/4 cup buttermilk
zest of half an orange
1/4 cup sweet potato, cooked and mashed
1. Add the flour, baking powder, brown sugar, and salt to the food processor and pulse to combine OR, combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
2. Slowly add in the cold butter and pulse until it is all crumbly (like a course meal). OR, use a pastry knife to cut in the butter.
3. Add in the buttermilk, orange zest, and sweet potato and pulse just until the dough comes together. OR, use a spoon to stir until the dough comes together. Refrigerate 1 hour.
4. Roll out the chilled dough on a lightly floured surface to 1-inch thick. Use a cutter or small glass to cut the dough into biscuits.
5. Place cut biscuits onto a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 425 degrees for 12-15 minutes, until the tops begin to brown.
Orange Honey Butter
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 tsp salt
zest of half an orange
juice of half an orange
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1. Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Use a hand mixer to whip the ingredients until well combined.
Fixing Flat Biscuits and Flat Cookies
Have you ever had your biscuits or cookies turn out flat? I bet you were using butter. Butter has a lower melting point than shortening which causes those biscuits and cookies to spread out instead of fluff up. To successfully use butter in a recipe that calls for margarine you can do 2 helpful things to combat the lower melting point.
1. Refrigerate the dough before baking.
2. Increase the baking temperature.
Do a test run of one cookie or one biscuit to see what happens to it.