Tuesday, October 20, 2009

TWD - Sweet Potato Biscuits


I am a native Queenslander. During most of my formative years, the Premier of Queensland was Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, a former Kiwi and a peanut farmer from Kingaroy. Joh was a character in his own right, and I will leave it up to history to decide on whether that was good or bad. Sir Joh's wife, Lady Flo, was famous in her own right, not just for being the Premier's wife or a State senator, but for her pumpkin scones. That's right folks - if you visited the Darling Down in the 70's and 80's, a popular souvenir was a tea towel with Lady Flo's pumpkin scone recipe printed on it. In the Internet age, you no longer need to buy a tea towel to get Lady Flo's pumpkin scone recipe - you can get it online here.


This brings me to this week's
Tuesday with Dorie challenge, hosted by Prudy of Prudence Pennywise, which is Sweet Potato Biscuits. When I first saw this recipe name, I was imagining sweet potato cookies, because in Australia, as in the UK and New Zealand, a biscuit is the word for a cookie. However, on reading the recipe, I soon realised that this recipe was for biscuits in the North American sense of the term - a savoury scone.


These biscuits were delicious!!! I am a pumpkin scone fan, and these biscuits were just like a sweet potato version of a scone. They also looked like sunshine with their deep orange colour.


The biscuits were terrific served warm and slathered with butter (or in my case, reduced fat margarine, because my jeans are telling me very unhappy things about my expanding backside). I would happily make this recipe again and again, and it made a pleasant change from the very sweet and rich treats that have frequented our agenda.

If you would like the recipe for these sweet potato biscuits, please visit Prudy's site, or buy the book. To see what the other TWD members thought of these biscuits, see the
TWD blogroll.

31 comments:

The Blonde Duck said...

I love Prudy! And these biscuits look great!

Food.Baby said...

I love a good pumpkin scone and I agree, great change of pace for TWD.

Tammy said...

one of the nice things about being pregnant is that i have been eating things buttered that I normally wouldnt :0) There is nothing like a hot buttered scone though, pregnant or not and i have to agree with you - I loved these

Cakelaw said...

The biscuits are good Duckie!

Hi Susan, it is nice for a change - I was surprised just how much I enjoyed these (out of a batch of 13, I ate 3! A record).

LOL Tammy - a hot buttered scone is always good, and I have to say that after having these, I am going to favour the savoury scones in the future.

jillbert said...

They look good! I skipped these because I'm the only one who would have eaten them, but now I wish I had made them. AND, now I want pumpkin scones too! Love the picture of Lady Flo with her scones.

Cakelaw said...

Thanks Jill. I made a half batch, and it was probbaly just as well, because I really did want to gobble these up.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

these look great-- i loved the change of pace from the normal twd sweets, too!

Clivia said...

Look how fluffy! Mine were flat. I'm going to try Lady's Flo's recipe. Thanks for the link!

Talita said...

Sweet potato is so common here in Brazil, but we usually boil and eat like a savory dish. I'm curious about these biscuits!

Pamela said...

It was something different. I enjoyed them, but I had some trouble with them. Glad you enjoyed them!

Brenda said...

Nice one!!!
Oooo I think I have the same plate as you.....Benzer Baroque plate...I think....hehehehe

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Hehe I love Flo's Pumpkin Scones! I remember my god mother made me some and I thought "Oh wow, what is this?"

natalia said...

Ciao ! Nice story ! I was tempted by pumpkin but stucked to sweet potato !! Beautiful and yummy !!

Prudy said...

Yumma! Yours look fantastic. I'm so glad you liked them!

Kim said...

Your biscuits look fantastic. I thought these tasted wonderful too. The perfect treat.

The Blonde Duck said...

The cookie stealing bunny is quite a celebrity...

Flourchild said...

Great looking biscuits, Im glad you enjoyed them! I had to add some chocolate to mine..yum!

Jennifer said...

these were so tasty...and I loved your story!!!!

Amy said...

These look wonderful! I loved them too!

-Amy
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

margot said...

Nice job on the biscuits! I thought these were great too, I served them with soup and it was wonderful having a baked treat with dinner.

Ellie said...

Never had Lady's Flo pumpkin scones. Wish I am able to sample it one day... Your biscuits look yummy! Gosh... this reminds me I haven't yet made anything with pumpkin for October.

Joanne said...

Pumpkin and sweet potato are my two favorite veggies. I love pumpkin scones and I am sure that I would love these as well! They look so yummy.

Peggy said...

Pumpkin is always good in my opinion. :) Yours are nice and fluffy! Great job!

Ivy said...

Another original and lovely recipe.

adele said...

I swear, history class left out all the interesting details... why did I never hear about Lady Flo?

I might see if the sweet potato biscuit recipe can be adapted for squash - it's very much squash season in New England!

Kayte said...

That's what I love about visiting over here...not only is the food great (and yes, those biscuits look wonderful!), but I get to hear about people like Lady Flo and learn about local lore. Smiled through the whole post.

pinkstripes said...

Your biscuits look great! I'm glad you liked them.

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Interesting. I know veg in cakes can and does work, but I can never quite bring myself to make them..! These look particularly tempting, though

Emily said...

I love sweet potatoes. I love biscuits. I know I would loooovee these. Fantastic job!

TeaLady said...

Your biscuits look wonderful. You did a great job on these.

I have been looking for a good Pumpkin Scone recipe (my last one was bleh!) so I will try Lady Flo's.

lasinthekitchen said...

I loved reading your post and learning a little something new about you and your background.
Your biscuits/cookies look wonderful! Mine turned out a bit on the soft side, I think I would prefer a scone texture to it.