I made biscuits, sort of.
We spend Thanksgiving with in-laws in another state, so I don't usually contribute much by way of bringing food. We either have an eight-hour drive or a drive-fly trip that makes hauling pie and green-bean bake a problem. This year, I thought about taking biscuits, a dinner variety like rolls but slightly different, which might travel well.
I found a recipe for sweet potato biscuits in a Martha Stewart Holiday magazine and decided to give them a practice shot before committing to anything later. Boy, was that ever a good idea.
This recipe calls for 1 3/4 pounds of or 3 large sweet potatoes. I didn't weigh the potatoes at the store, but I chose 3 large ones. I think this is where I went wrong. "Large" may be a relative term when it comes to things like potatoes, and it's possible I chose extra-large or even XXL.
I boiled them and mashed them as instructed and mixed them with the usual frothy yeast, a little sugar, melted butter, eggs, and a mountain of flour. The Kitchen Aid bowl was filled with glop that might have seemed right, I'm not sure, because it still had to rise for two hours. I let the stuff rise and came back to find an amoeba on my stove, the Creature from the Sweet Potato Mash.
I probably should have started over at that point, but I charged ahead and dumped the mess on the heavily floured counter top. I added enough flour to keep from wearing the dough up to my elbows and rolled it out. I managed to use the biscuit cutter to chop out a bunch of biscuits, but instead of nicely formed ones, what I got instead was something the consistency of really thick pudding. Again, I should have given up, but I kept going and baked the things anyway.
Biscuits they are not. And I will not be taking a batch of these things to the Thanksgiving gathering. I found that by slathering a layer of pumpkin butter on them, they are somewhat edible, but I still threw the finished product in the trash.
The lessons learned here are 1) a practice run-through is a good idea, and 2) weigh your produce and don't rely on your sense of "large."