There are also a couple of 'secrets' I will share with you so your Broinhas de Batata will have a greater depth of flavor.
This recipe makes about 15 scones. This is not a 'yeast bread' but still a traditional Portuguese bread worth baking.
|Broinhas de Batata doce|
1 medium potato (cut up, steamed and mashed)
1 1/2 cups of flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup milk
4 tablespoons of unsalted butter (melted)
zest of one orange
1 tablespoon ground fennel
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Fruits and nuts
1/2 cup raisins or currants
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup chopped almonds
Substitutions - any dried fruit will work! Figs, dried cranberries, etc. You can also use lemon rind instead of orange.
1. Steam and mash the potatoes. (secret #1) After the potatoes are mashed and still hot, add the zest of the orange. The heat of the potatoes releases the essential oils of the orange rind, adding greater flavor. Cover and let sit for 1/2 hour
2. Soak the raisins (or currants) - (secret #2) If you happen to have Port wine (a good red wine will also work) - heat enough wine to just cover, and soak the raisins for 1/2 hour.
3. In a large bowl combine the potatoes, eggs, milk, sugar, melted butter,cinnamon and fennel and mix together until blended. Add the flour and baking powder, nuts and raisins and mix - wet all the ingredients but do not overmix. The dough should be moist and slightly sticky but not too wet. You may need to adjust by adding a little more milk or flour.
You should be able to spoon out a portion and it will hold it's shape but still be a little sticky.
Next - put about 1/4 cup of flour in a soup or shallow bowl. Spoon out a portion of the batter about the size of a small potato. I use a tablespoon to do this - and the batter is thick enough (but still sticky) so what I spoon out is about the size of a small potato. Place the batter into the flour in the bowl and gently turn it to lightly coat the surface. This coating of flour allows you to handle the soft dough. Place the scone onto a baking tray sprayed with Pam.
Bake at 350F for about 20-25 minutes until golden brown.