Sweet Potato Biscuits
Here’s a vegan version of the slightly sweet, traditional Southern biscuits.
Makes: 1 dozen
- 1 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/2 cup unbleached white flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons nonhydrogenated margarine
- 1/3 cup rice milk
- 1 cup well-mashed sweet potato
- 3 tablespoons agave nectar or maple syrup
- 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans, optional
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
In a mixing bowl, sift together the flours, baking powder and salt. Work the margarine in with the tines of a fork until the mixture has the texture of a coarse meal. Add the milk and sweet potato and work them in to form a soft dough.
Turn the dough out onto a well-floured board and knead for 2 to 3 minutes, adding a small amount of flour if the dough is too sticky. You can either roll the dough out and cut into 2- to 3-inch circles, gathering up and rolling out remaining dough until used; or divide the dough into 12 equal pieces and shape into balls, then flatten each lightly.
Arrange on a parchment-lined baking sheet and pat them down a bit to flatten. Bake for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of one tests clean. Transfer the biscuits to a rack or plate to cool.