Sweet potato biscuits

My friend Danielle graciously shared her sweet potato biscuit recipe with me, so that you (and I) can try them at home. They are delicious! She suggested adding more sweet potato than the recipe called for (and reduce the liquid a bit) to make them more flavourful.

Sweet potato biscuits


  • 1lb sweet potatoes or yams (usually 1 is enough)
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 8 tablespoons chilled, unsalted butter, cut into small pieces (or margarine or olive oil)
  • 1/4 cup milk (or water)


Step 1
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Prick the sweet potato and bake until soft (about one hour...you can also do this more quickly in a microwave).

Once the sweet potato has cooled, scoop the flesh from the skin and pass through a food mill, ricer or sieve. You should have about 1 3/4 cups puree.
Step 2
Stir together the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and cayenne. Cut in butter with a pastry cutter (or use your fingers) until it resembles a course meal.

Mix milk with sweet potato puree and add it to the other ingredients.

Mix dough, just to incorporate (I use my hands). If the dough is really sticky, add a touch more flour.

Turn dough out onto floured surface and knead a few times. Pat out to a 1/2 inch thickness. Cut biscuits with a biscuit-cutter or glass. We make ours small, about 2 inches in diameter.

Place on parchment-lined cookie sheet and refrigerate for 10 minutes.

Place in preheated oven and cook until risen and slightly brown, about 12 minutes (longer for larger biscuits).

Serve warm.