Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Flaky Potato Biscuit

This week seems like a potato bread. Since we have some leftover mashed potatoes sitting in the refrigerator and we have had enough of mash potatoes, we were thinking of doing some baking with the mash potatoes. Finally, we decided to try an all time Canadian favorite food- the potato biscuit. I would it is something like scone but with a crusty skin. It is great for breakfast/tea serve with butter/jam. Alternatively, it can also be served as a side dish for your lunch/dinner.

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups leftover mashed potatoes
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • extra milk for brushing the tops
  1. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  2. Gradually stir in melted butter.
  3. Next, mix the mashed potatoes into the dry ingredients and it's fine that you have some chunks of potatoes in the mix.
  4. Make a well in the mixture, and stir in egg, water and milk using a wooden spoon until you get a loose dough.
  5. Put the dough onto a lightly floured surface, and knead for 6-8 minutes until the dough holds together. Along the way, you may add some flour to reduce the stickiness.
  6. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  7. Divide the dough into 12 pieces and shape the dough into a ball.
  8. Place the dough onto a baking sheet with parchment paper and flatten the dough into a 3/4 inch circle.Brush the tops with a bit of milk.
  9. Bake for 18- 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until bottoms are golden.
I would say this is a great way to use up the leftover mashed potatoes and above all, it can be used for breakfast, lunch, tea or dinner.

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