Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sweet Potato Biscuits with Maple and Pecans


***When I saw this recipe in the November 2010 issue of Bon Appetit magazine, I tore it out immediately.  It sounded like the perfect addition to our Thanksgiving table.  The recipe calls for 100% maple syrup and chopped pecans to be added directly to the biscuit dough.  Can biscuits possibly get much more scrumptious than that??  I think NOT!

These biscuits have a sweet and nutty taste, and because of their small size I bet you won't be able to eat just one of them.  I did substitute regular AP flour, instead of using the gluten-free flour that the recipe mentions.  I had already been to the grocery store and wasn't really excited about going yet again before Thanksgiving.  I couldn't really tell a difference...the biscuits still tasted great.  However, I later found a note on the Bon Appetit website that recommends reducing the baking powder to 2 teaspoons if you use AP flour.  Maybe when I make these again tomorrow, I will try this suggestion and see if it makes them any better.

Happy Thanksgiving and Bon Appetit!!!***

Ingredients:
  • 1 large red-skinned sweet potato (yam; about 1 1/4 pounds), pierced with fork
  • 1 1/3 cups gluten-free flour plus additional
  • 2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup Grade B maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup pecans, toasted, chopped
  • Ingredient Info

    For the gluten-free sweet potato biscuits, we used King Arthur Gluten-Free Multi-Purpose Flour. The mix of white rice flour, brown rice flour, tapioca starch, and potato starch gave us tender, delicious results ($8 for a 24-ounce box at kingarthurflour.com).

Preparation

  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Line baking sheet with parchment. Microwave potato until tender, about 6 minutes per side. Halve; scoop out 1 cup flesh. Cool. Blend 1 1/3 cups flour and next 3 ingredients in processor. Add butter; pulse to coarse meal. Add potato, buttermilk, and syrup; process to blend. Add nuts; pulse to blend.
  • Sprinkle dough with flour. Pat into 81/2-inch square. Cut into 16 biscuits. Transfer to baking sheet. Bake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, 18 to 22 minutes.

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