Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Sweet Potato Biscuits (TWD)


This week's Tuesdays with Dorie (TWD) recipe was chosen by Erin of Prudence Pennywise: Sweet Potato Biscuits. I love biscuits but have never seen anything like this, so I was eager to try this recipe.

I've never had any problems with making biscuits. The key is to use really cold butter and to not overwork your dough. When cutting the biscuits you also need to make sure you press straight down, as twisting the cutters can inhibit some of the rise in the biscuits.


This recipe presented a lot of problems for me though. Even though I used 29 ounces of canned sweet potatoes (instead of 30 ounces), my dough was super sticky and moist. Not sure where the extra moisture came from? It was so hard to work with; I had a lot of trouble cutting my dough into biscuits. Then after they went in the oven, they hardly rose at all. I know my baking powder isn't too old, so that wasn't the issue. I am not sure what went wrong, but my biscuits look pretty pathetic.

Thankfully, aesthetics aside, these tasted great :) I enjoyed them with some butter and brown sugar. These would be great to make the morning after Thanksgiving, when you want something besides leftovers but don't want to spend too much time in the kitchen.


Thanks Erin for picking this recipe, I loved it. If you would like the recipe, you can find it here. Make sure you check out the TWD Blogroll, to see how everyone else enjoyed this perfect-for-fall breakfast treat.

* Recipes notes:
- Consider putting your butter in the freezer to get it extra cold before using it.
- For more tips, click here.

25 comments:

  1. MMmm... you can say what you want about their apparence, I find they have a gorgeous texture! and I'm glad you enjoyed them so much!

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  2. your biscuits look like skyscrapers compared to mine :)

    i think you did a great job. mine was really moist and sticky too. whew. at least it wasn't just me :)

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  3. I made these a week or so ago and mine didn't rise either, so I'm sorta relieved to hear yours didn't either. Of course I tend to have issues with this, so don't take my word for it! I really liked the flavor too.

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  4. I thought they looked pretty good and am wondering if pumpkin could be subbed in.
    ~ingrid

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  5. troublemakers, eh? i've never had potato bread, much less sweet potato bread. i have had cake, though, and i liked that just fine. i think they look quite tasty. they'd look even better slathered with apple butter. :)

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  6. Despite the trouble, I'm glad these turned out to taste really good.

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  7. Ooh, you know what would taste really good? Using leftover sweet potato casserole--the kind with brown sugar, nuts and/or marshmallows! Now THERE'S a biscuit!
    I think yours look great and very moist.

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  8. I don't think your biscuits look pathetic. I think they look really nice and flaky!

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  9. Your biscuits look delish. I agree I think they are a keeper for Thanksgiving and wow, you can do ahead. Great job

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  10. Interesting! I didn't know that about twisting the biscuit cutters. I used a 29 ounce can too - it wasn't too sticky but I didn't get the rise i hoped for. still yummy though!

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  11. These look so good. We love sweet potatoes. I'm definitely going to try them.

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  12. Mine didn't get the rise that I thought they should have either. Perhaps these would have been better as drop biscuits.
    Mimi

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  13. These seem to have given a lot of people trouble. I definitely struggled! I'm so glad you enjoyed them even if they didn't get the rise you were hoping for.

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  14. I alwys struggle with sp biscuits. They are always a little sticky, but im too scared to over flour. I'll give these a shot and see what happens

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  15. What tempting photos of these biscuits. These were just okay for me, but after seeing your pictures, I feel like I should give 'em another chance. Way to go!

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  16. Nice, this story has a happy ending! I was a little worried in the middle there. :) Glad you loved them in the end!

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  17. Those look perfect. Beautiful color from the sweet potatoes.

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  18. Well, I guess I was trying to comment on both the muffins and the biscuits. They both look great.

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  19. Wow, yours look great!! If you hadn't said you had problems, I never would have guessed you had a lick of trouble.

    My mom always gives her biscuits a little roll between her hands, and she says that makes them rise better. Everyone else says differently, but I swear hers are good and tall.

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  20. Yumma-Yum-Yum! Your sweet potato biscuits are amazing! I have got to make these. Maybe for Thanksgiving?

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  21. Your biscuits look just perfect!

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  22. Your biscuits look great! I made them, but didn't get a chance to post as I was in San Francisco this past week. Personally, I think there was too much sweet potato to deal with, that the dough was too heavy and moist to rise as biscuits should. They were very tasty, however.

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  23. Oooh I've been wanting to make these! Yours look super beautiful and delicious :)

    Sues

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