These Sweet Potato Yeast Biscuits are light and delicious! They are a must for the Thanksgiving table. The biscuits do take a little time and effort but they are really worth it. I usually make them for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. They also make a great appetizer for a party. If you have to take finger foods somewhere, just use a small biscuit cutter to cut them out. Bake them and put ham between each biscuit. I experimented with this recipe using mashed pumpkin instead of the sweet potato and they were just as great. If you are in a hurry you can use both canned sweet potato or canned pumpkin.
Because you can use either sweet potato or pumpkin, these biscuits remind me of the wonderful things that are harvested in the fall. John 4:35 says “Open your eyes. Look at the fields that are ready for harvesting now.” This verse is telling us to look around and see all the people who we need to tell about Jesus. When you are making these biscuits, thinking about your list of friends and family who need to hear about how God loves us so much that He sent His Son to die on the cross for our sins. The seeds may have already been planted in their hearts and you just need to harvest them.
Sweet Potato Yeast Biscuits
Plan ahead and prepare the dough the day before you need it. Allow it to rise overnight in the refrigerator.Wash sweet potatoes, bake at 375 for 1 hour or until done. Let potatoes cool and mash 3-1/2 cups. You could also use 3-1/2 cups of pumpkin. In a separate bowl, mix together 3 packs active dry yeast plus 1 tsp sugar (2-1/4 tsp yeast per 1/4 ounce pack) in 3/4 cup warm water at 110 degrees (water that is too hot will kill the yeast). Let yeast mixture sit for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Sift all-purpose flour and then measure 7-1/2 cups.
- Add 2 tsp all-spice to the flour.
- Add 1 TB baking powder and 1 TB salt
- Add 1-1/2 cups sugar and stir the dry ingredients together
- Using a pastry brush or a fork, cut in 1 cup shortening and 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed small. You can also grate the butter like cheese if it is very cold.
- 1/4 cup butter
- 3 TB honey