Sweet Potato Biscuits From Screen Doors and Sweet Tea Recipe

Sweet Potato Biscuits From Screen Doors and Sweet Tea Recipe

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Martha Hall Foose's literary agent, Sharon Bowers, swears by this recipe for Sweet Potato Biscuits from Martha's new book, Screen Doors and Sweet Tea. Don't be fooled by the short list of conventional ingredients—these biscuits are anything but ordinary. Top them with your favorite marmalade or salty country ham.

  • Yield:12 biscuits


  • 1 cup mashed baked sweet potato (about 2 medium)
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. 1.

    Preheat the oven to 450°F. Grease a baking sheet and set aside.

  2. 2.

    In a medium bowl, mix the sweet potato, milk, and butter. Sift together the four, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Add to the potato mixture. Gently mix the dry ingredients into the sweet potato mixture to form a soft dough. Drop the dough by tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet.

  3. 3.

    Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until a deep golden orange tinged with brown. Serve warm or let cool on a wire rack.