Yam Biscuits

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We visited New Mexico last month and so enjoyed our visit in lovely Taos, set against hills covered with golden aspen. As usual, we stayed at the Taos Inn, an elegant but comfortable compound of adobe buildings. We like to eat at the Inn’s restaurant, Doc Martin’s, and enjoyed these yam biscuits with our huevos rancheros for breakfast one chilly morning.

Our waiter was kind enough to give me the recipe and I was eager to bake off a batch once we settled in at home after our autumn vacation. I played with the ingredients just a bit, adding some brown sugar and spices. The ice cream scoop makes “free form” biscuits that are easily prepared for baking. These might be a nice addition to our Thanksgiving celebration – or yours!

Yield: one dozen

  • 3 cups unbleached AP flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • 1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • ½ cup whole milk or cream
  • 3 cups cooked and mashed yams

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Sift dry ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl and transfer to mixer.

3. Add the cubed, cold butter and mix on low speed, using the paddle attachment, until the butter is the size of small peas.

4. Add the milk and mashed yams and mix until just combined. Expect to have small pieces of yam in your batter. They add color and fit with the rustic recipe.

5. Using a standard-sized ice cream scoop, measure out the biscuits onto a large sheet pan, lined with parchment paper.

6. Bake until biscuit centers are firm, 25-30 minutes.

7. Serve warm.


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10 Responses to Yam Biscuits

  1. Sunchowder October 28, 2010 at 4:23 pm #

    Hey Liz! So pleased to see this recipe…I am wanting to try these myself. Thanks so much for posting!

    • lizthechef October 28, 2010 at 6:12 pm #

      They are so simple to make. I’m a big fan of yams…

  2. Mare October 28, 2010 at 5:09 pm #

    Liz, these sound delicious…bring some up with you!

    • lizthechef October 28, 2010 at 6:12 pm #

      I cannot wait to get to SF! We will have a lot of laughs, no doubt!

  3. My Communal Table October 28, 2010 at 5:45 pm #

    These sound great. Brown sugar and ginger sounds great. I may make these for dinner tomorrow with pork chops. Have you ever used fresh ginger? That is all I may have, but either way I will let you know.

    Great Job!

    • lizthechef October 28, 2010 at 6:11 pm #

      Let me know how the fresh ginger works!

  4. Lynda October 28, 2010 at 7:35 pm #

    These sound just wonderful, and I love your idea of adding the sugar and spices.

    • lizthechef October 28, 2010 at 8:12 pm #

      The next time I make them I might even double the sugar…

  5. nutmegnanny November 8, 2010 at 11:47 pm #

    I love the idea of a yam biscuit! Perfect for the Thanksgiving table!

    • lizthechef November 8, 2010 at 11:49 pm #

      Let me know if you try them – enjoy the holiday, coming up way too fast!

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