Thomas Jefferson's Sweet Potato Biscuits 1774

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by Aimee88

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.

Top Review by free-free

These worked out nicely for us...I tagged this recipe playing the "I Recommend..." game based on KateL's review and went with her idea to simply approach them as a scone because I am not a biscuit eater~maker either...{{LOL}} :)-I do however have "scones in me bones", being raised on them as a "BLD&T" :) I used a left-over baked sweet potato from dinner the nite before...mashed it flavored with vanilla soy, cinnamon, and brown sugar...used a little less butter (& LOTS of pecans)... no reason there (w/ the butter)- just saving some to grease my pans and hands because no rolling out after kneading...just a pluck and drop type' 14 "bics-scones" and served with a dinner of salmon (recipe#108775) and asparagus (recipe#21438) which is very not norm in my house cause I usually serve more like rawish-veganish based dinners... but this was a special event and I was "playing being a Martha"...lot of left-over "bics-scones" that I served as breakfast/brunch/snack with some free-free was really into these, very "olde homey" recipe & it was his special event so THANKS Aimee...great recipe and good times... :) very Autumn festive...and fun...

Ingredients Nutrition


  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.

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