Spicy Sweet-Potato Biscuits


These spicy biscuits taste best warm from the oven.


  • 1 pound (about 4) sweet potatoes

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

  • 4 teaspoons baking powder

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, chilled

  • ¼ cup milk


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Wash sweet potatoes, and prick all over with a fork. Place on a baking sheet; bake until soft, about 1 hour. (The juices will start to run out.) When cool enough to handle, scoop out flesh and press through a sieve (you should have 1 3/4 cups of puree). Set aside.

  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, and cayenne. With a pastry cutter or two knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal.

  3. In another bowl, whisk together milk and sweet-potato puree. Add to dry ingredients, and mix until well combined.

  4. Place dough on a lightly floured surface; knead once or twice, and pat out to 1/2 inch thick. Cut out biscuits with a floured 2-inch-round cutter. Bake on parchment-lined baking sheet until golden brown, about 20 minutes.

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