I have a slight fascination with scones. They can be savory or sweet, which means there are a variety of ways to work them into your weekly menu. They are quite simple to make, too...ALWAYS a bonus!!
I love sweet potatoes, too. I can make a meal from just baking one, tossing on a little butter and cinnamon. There are soooo many things you can do with them...from pie to muffins. Well, today we're going to make scones with them, which would be a great addition to ANY Thanksgiving table!! Sweet potato gives these scones a pale orange color, and they are meltingly soft in the center, just waiting for a dab of butter...YUM!!
SWEET POTATO SCONES
1 large sweet potato, peeled and chunked
Butter, for greasing
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
2/3 cup milk
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
In a large saucepot, boil the sweet potatoes until very tender, about 8-10 minutes. Drain thoroughly, allow to cool slightly, then mash and set aside.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease a large baking sheet.
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix in the sugar. In a separate bowl, mix the mashed sweet potatoes, milk, and melted butter until thoroughly blended. Add to the flour mixture, and stir until a very soft dough forms.
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and knead until soft and pliable (adding a little flour at a time...do NOT over flour). Once dough is ready, roll or pat out the dough until it's about 1/2 inch thick. Using a 2 inch biscuit cutter (or a small glass dipped in flour), cut into rounds. Reknead and reroll until all used...do NOT add additional flour during this.
Arrange the rounds on the baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes until risen and lightly golden. Serve warm. Makes about 20-24 scones.
These are REALLY tasty, folks...a little warm butter on top, perhaps a hint of honey...your family will adore them!! ENJOY!!