I have a thing for scones. I used to think they were just over-baked biscuits, until I made them myself. My first take at homemade scones was with my Candy Cane Scones and they were so delicious I think I may have eaten the entire batch....maybe.
These sweet potato scones are not as flaky as others, but they are super moist thanks to the sweet potatoes and carrots. I still thought they needed a little something so I tossed on some orange poppy seed glaze for good measure.
My dough was stickier than it probably should have been, so I needed more flour than I probably should have...but everything worked out in the end! After you roll the dough out (about 1/2-3/4 inch thick), you can cut them with cookie cutters, but I always have an easier time using my pizza cutter.
Sweet Potato Scones (adapted from bettycrocker.com)
2-2 1/4 C all purpose flour
1/3 C dark brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 C (4 Tbsp) cold butter, cubed
1 C mashed sweet potato
1/2 C shredded carrot
1/4 C cream or milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 400ºF
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Cut in the margarine with a pastry blender or fork until resembles course crumbs. Stir in sweet potato, carrot, cream and vanilla, just until combined.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, turning to coat the dough. Roll dough flat to about 1/2 inch thickness. Cut into triangles with sharp knife (I use my pizza cutter) and place about 1 inch apart on an un-greased baking sheet.
Bake 18-20 minutes, until edges are golden brown. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
You could leave these as-is, but I added a simple glaze for aesthetics.
Simple Orange Glaze
1 C confectioner's sugar
3-5 Tbsp orange juice (you could cut the orange flavor and just use milk/cream here if you prefer)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp poppy seeds (optional)
Whisk all ingredients together, incorporating liquid just a little at a time until you reach your desired consistency, and drizzle or pour over warm scones.