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Thomas Jefferson's Sweet Potato Biscuits

Dear SOS: Can you obtain the sweet potato biscuit recipe from the City Tavern in the historical area of Philadelphia? They were Thomas Jefferson's favorite and would be good to serve for Thanksgiving. Pat Okada Glendale Dear Pat: City Tavern ... Read more

Total time: 50 minutes | Makes 24 biscuits
  • 5 cups flour, plus more for rolling
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups cooked and cooled mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Step 1Stir together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, ginger and allspice in large mixing bowl.

Step 2Cut in shortening with 2 knives or dough cutter until crumbly.

Step 3Add sweet potatoes and mix well with wooden spoon. Add cream and pecans and stir just until moistened.

Step 4Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll out dough to 1 1/2 inches thick. Cut out biscuits with a floured 2-inch biscuit cutter. Place biscuits 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.

Step 5Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve warm or cool on wire rack to room temperature.

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