Sunday Brunch Part 3 – Sweet Potato Biscuits

May 23rd, 2009

No self-respecting Southerner would have a brunch without biscuits. They are a part of our culture. And sweet potato biscuits are even better. The usual filling for our biscuits is country ham, but since I have already used proscuitto with the egg dish I chose a lighter filling. I used Italian turkey sausage. The biscuits are served with a Dijon mustard sauce. There are many recipes for sweet potato biscuits but the one I really like is from Orangette’s blog. She adapted it from a Martha Stewart recipe. As an aside, I just finished reading Molly’s wonderful memoir, A Homemade Life. It is a lovely book that will bring tears to your eyes and make you laugh. She is such a talented writer that it is no wonder her blog has garnered so many awards and a devoted following.

What I like about these orange hued biscuits is the flakiness. The picture doesn’t do them justice but there are layers of goodness achieved by keeping the butter bits cold so that they create pockets of air as the biscuits rise. They slice easily and hold together when you eat them. I would say that this is a perfect biscuit recipe.
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tbls light brown sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
6 Tbls chilled unsalted butter
3/4 cup chilled sweet potato puree ( I used refrigerated mashed sweet potatoes )
1/3 cup buttermilk
To make the dough:
In a large bowl, whisk together 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, 2 Tbls light brown sugar, 2 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp baking soda. Witha pastry blender or two knives ( or not too warm fingers ), cut in 6 Tbls chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces, until mixture resembles coarse meal, with some pea-size lumps of butter remaining. In a small bowl whisk together 3/4 cup chilled sweet potato puree and 1/3 cup buttermilk; stir quickly into flour mixture until combined ( do not overmix ).
To shape the biscuits:
Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface, and knead very gently until dough comes together but is still slightly lumpy, five or six times ( If dough is too sticky, work in up to 1/4 cup additional flour ). Shape into a disk, and pat to an even 1-inch thickness. Witha floured 2-inch biscuit cutter, cut out biscuits as close together as possible. Gather together scraps, and repeat to cut out more biscuits ( do not reuse scraps more than once ).
Baking the Biscuits:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees, with rack on lower shelf. Butter or spray an 8-inch cake pan. Arrange biscuits snugly in pan. Brush with 1/2 Tbls melted butter. Bake until golden, rotating once, 20 to 24 minutes. Yield: 8 Biscuits.
Form turkey sausage into patties small enough for the 2 inch biscuits and saute until done. Biscuits and sausage can be made ahead of time and warmed and assembled when ready to serve. Serve with mustard sauce of your choice.
Coming next: Fruit and Veggies and then Dessert.

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13 responses to “Sunday Brunch Part 3 – Sweet Potato Biscuits”

  1. girlichef says:

    I may not be a Southerner…but I’m all in! These sound delicious!

    I’ll have to check those books out, I don’t think they’re ones I’ve seen. I’ve found several different mystery solving food-types…I love them all!!! Thanks for telling me 🙂

  2. girlichef says:

    Okay, I should have read both comments before writing back…Dowagiac, really!? Very cool…so close!! Are you coming to visit family or one of the festivals?

  3. Mary says:

    These must have been perfect with the rest of your brunch. This menu was so well thought out. I’m inviting my self for next time :). Have a wonderful weekend.

  4. Penny says:

    Mary, I would be honored to have you and your wonderful husband for brunch.

  5. Donna-FFW says:

    I love the sound of these biscuits. I will have to try them.

  6. Oh those sounds so good! I have never had a sweet potato bisquit before! All of your brunch recipes sound wonderful.

    p.s. we are looking forward to meeting you too…just email me when you have the time and we will find a date.

  7. Grace says:

    ya know what? i haven’t had a good sausage biscuit since i’ve been in ny, sweet potato or otherwise. i’ve just realized how truly tragic that is!

  8. Natashya says:

    They sound delicious! I love sweet potatoes, and have to remember to use them more often.
    Thanks for the recommendation re Molly’s book, I will add it to my wishlist.

  9. Katy ~ says:

    I’ve seen recipes for sweet potato biscuits and think “someday”, but now here they are in color, recipe from a trusted cook, and I think, I need to do these now!

  10. Tammy says:

    Your brunch menu looks very impressive! I love how everything is different from the maintream brunch offerings- each component unique. I have bookmarked this page with the hopes of being able to do something similar for my friends. Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. Penny says:

    Donna, Hope the garage sale went well.

    Penny, Will be in touch soon. We are traviling for the next few weeks.

    Grace, You need a biscuit! Make these – you will not be disappointed.

    Natashya, Molly’s book is great. Got it on Amazon, but even Barnes and Noble have it.

    Katy, You must try these. Thanks for the complement.

    Tammy, I like the way you make time to entertain. And love your blog.

  12. Lickedspoon says:

    These look perfect! And what a lovely menu – your friends are very lucky, and I’m sure they know it.

  13. Rosabela says:

    Yummy yummy!

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