TWD: Sweet Potato Biscuits

by Holly on October 20, 2009

This week’s recipe pick for Tuesdays with Dorie for the Sweet Potato Biscuits comes to us from Erin of Prudence Pennywise.

These are your basic biscuit, given an extra twist from Dorie by substituting mashed, cooked sweet potato for the liquid in the recipe. I think the possibility for error on these biscuits was increased for quite a few TWDer’s due to the substitution of the liquid. The recipe calls for two 15-oz cans of sweet potatoes, drained, to mash and come up with 3/4 to 1 cup of mashed sweet potato. I had one 29-oz can that drained gave me almost 2 cups of mashed sweet potato. I’m not sure if it is Dorie’s intention to use the full amount from both cans or not since the 3/4 to 1 cup measurement is actually contained in the notes before the recipe. I think that either way, you would have to use the measurements as a guideline.
Either way, I think, due to weather and how you measure your flour (or over measure in a lot of cases if you are like me) you may need more of the mashed sweet potatoes to come up with an amount that will actually bring your dough together into a soft, workable, biscuit like dough without overworking it. In my case, I actually ended up using about 1 1/2 cups of the sweet potatoes to bring the dough together and it still may not have been enough since I think I overworked my dough just a bit still.
The sweet potato flavor wasn’t overwhelming and it was good when at room temperature with some thinly sliced roasted pork loin. The biscuits made for nice and easy little sandwiches. For a sweet topping alternative, I think some lightly warmed dulce de leche would be delicious on these.

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vibi October 20, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Mmmm what a great looking mini sweet potato bsicuits sandwich! You got those right in the nose, perfect!

Clivia October 20, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Your biscuits look perfect! I learned so much about working the dough from your post that I may have to try these again. Thanks.

Mary Ann October 20, 2009 at 2:07 pm

Holly, your biscuits look beautiful. I should have added more sp, but I just kept trying to get the dough to come together. oh well, they were delicious!

Maria October 20, 2009 at 4:28 pm

the biscuits look so good! Nice job on this one!

Kim October 20, 2009 at 4:28 pm

These look wonderful. Everyone made such delicious looking sandwiches. I wish I would have thought of that. Perfect.

Kayte October 20, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Love the idea of them as tea sandwiches, they are perfect for that! Very nice styling on those. Practicing wrapping up a wee one, right? 🙂 I am going to have to examine that recipe again re those sweet potato measurements, it could well be that I erred there…yep, could be. Thanks for the tip.

theeclecticconnoisseur October 20, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Impressive pics (as always)! I totally spaced on the measurements in the notes and used all of the sweet potatoes from my 2 15-oz. cans. No wonder the dough was so sticky! No matter, they still turned out tasty. 😉

Nichi October 20, 2009 at 5:44 pm

yum! they look so nice with the roast pork

thewhimsicalcupcake October 20, 2009 at 6:38 pm

these look awesome!!

Jennifer October 20, 2009 at 7:31 pm

YUM! Your biscuits look awesome!

Flourchild October 20, 2009 at 7:35 pm

Yum what a great looking biscuit sandwich..I would so eat it!
I made mine more on the sweeter end, added some chocolate chips to mine!

Jodie October 20, 2009 at 8:18 pm


Amy October 20, 2009 at 8:32 pm

I made a little sandwich with some maple butter and bacon…Y.U.M! These look beautiful!


TeaLady October 20, 2009 at 10:05 pm

Perfect. Unlike my discs of SP. But yours are lovely and look delicious in your little sandwich.

steph- whisk/spoon October 21, 2009 at 12:49 am

what great little sandwiches! they make the southerner in me smile!

Rachel October 21, 2009 at 1:35 am

So now I know what I'm having for lunch tomorrow. Ham sandwich with leftover Sweet Potato Biscuits. =)

AmyRuth October 21, 2009 at 1:58 am

I wish I could just reach into the photo and have a bite. Looks so delicious.

Katrina October 21, 2009 at 2:41 am

Yum. I never even thought about making a sandwich with them. (I went with a cinnamon glaze.) Great!

SteamyKitchen October 21, 2009 at 5:02 am

I made biscuits for the very first time this weekend! Can you believe it!? It was fab. LOOOVE biscuits

pinkstripes October 22, 2009 at 12:27 am

Your biscuits look great. Awesome photos!

Tammy October 22, 2009 at 4:05 am

Yum! that looks so delicious

Carol Peterman October 22, 2009 at 5:04 am

The texture on your biscuits is lovely. I used fresh sweet potatoes and just went by weight.

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