Thomas Jefferson's Sweet Potato Biscuits 1774

Total Time
30mins
Prep
15 mins
Cook
15 mins

This recipe is from the National Constitution Center (NCC), Philadelphia PA. According to the NCC, Thomas Jefferson's biscuits were served at the first meeting of the First Continental Congress in 1774 and are served today at the famous City Tavern (built in 1773) located in Philadelphia's historic district at 2nd and Walnut Streets. These are a light, tasty biscuit (scone), with or without the pecans. I enjoy them with butter and honey. The nutrition can be improved by using a margarine instead of butter and leaving out the pecans.

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Ingredients

Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients. Add butter with fork, food processor or pastry cutter until the texture is small crumbs.
  3. Combine milk and sweet potatoes. Add to flour mixture. Add pecans.
  4. Knead dough with your hands until it is a smooth mass. Roll out on a floured surface to 1/2" thickness and cut with a 2" biscuit cutter.
  5. Place on a greased baking sheet 2" apart.
  6. Bake for about 10-15 minutes, or until lightly browned.