Thomas Jefferson's Sweet Potato Biscuits 1774

"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."
 
Thomas Jefferson's Sweet Potato Biscuits 1774 created by May I Have That Rec
Ready In:
30mins
Ingredients:
11
Yields:
10-12 biscuits
Serves:
10-12
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ingredients

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directions

  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • Combine the dry ingredients. Add butter with fork, food processor or pastry cutter until the texture is small crumbs.
  • Combine milk and sweet potatoes. Add to flour mixture. Add pecans.
  • 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.
  • Place on a greased baking sheet 2" apart.
  • Bake for about 10-15 minutes, or until lightly browned.

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  1. Mark and Stacy
    Made exactly as written, except I left out the pecans. They rose beautifully, as they should have with that amount of baking powder. I was trying to duplicate the biscuits that our ham sandwiches were on at Gadby’s Tavern in Alexandria. That was 9 years ago, so my memory isn’t great, but I recall enjoying those sandwiches immensely - just like we enjoyed these biscuits with leftover Easter ham tonight! I had to cover the tops with foil when they were brown enough but not done inside. The again, I made big biscuits so maybe that was why they weren’t done in the middle whenthe tops were done. Some of my bottoms burned and some didn’t so I wonder if I have a hot spot in the oven. I may drop the temp a little next time, or try two cookie sheets stacked together. But there will be a next time. These were fabulous!
     
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  2. Elisa U.
    Is there a glaze that is put on after they are baked because from the pictures shown, it seems there is...also, how are these without the pecans?
     
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