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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sweet Potato Biscuits and A Winner!

        These are so goooood. Like dessert good,come to think of it it could be a dessert biscuit! Yeah that's it! Pale orange biscuits with little sweet potato jewels tucked away inside each bite...Okay wait now they are some darn fine biscuits,but that might be taking it a little to far.
     See just plain ol biscuits...well not really.These are Sweet Potato Biscuits and they have changed my view on just what a biscuit is supposed to be.I have recently learned how to make simple tasty traditional biscuits. And I thought I had found the biscuit recipe to use from now until the end of time.Oh and drop biscuits,have that recipe almost memorized they are so good.Welll...
  Let's just say now I have three biscuit recipes that make my heart sing.Each sweet potato biscuits is so simple in it's make up,light and almost fragile with every bite and the tiny bits of sweet potato are really an added bonus,come on sweet potatoes and bicuits,swoon.I love biscuits for dessert.

     I love a big ol' flaky biscuit with some butter and homemade jam.Come to think of it,that might have been a driving force this past canning season and why I made four bagillion different kinds of jam.That explains a lot.On that note let's get down to some business: We have a winner of last week's giveaway,(drumroll please):
  CT mom ! Congrats CT mom,you will be enjoying a lovely half-pint jar of homemade Orange Plum Jam,with an extra touch of lavender sugar,mmm so tasty. It's my new favorite jam and it's also pretty tasty with sausage (and what else) biscuits. And sounds like that Wolfgang Puck all-in-one mixer has got it goin' on,homemade pasta and mix drinks,sounds like a dinner party waiting to happen.If you would email me at and I'll get you that jam just in time to make some Sweet Potato Biscuits! Thanks everyone for commenting,it was so great to hear about all your favorite kitchen tools,from good husbands to good knives!
Sweet Potato Biscuits
adapted from Screen Doors and Sweet Tea
by Martha Hall Foose ( You want Southern charm,this 
book has all kinds of it,a joy to cook from and read too!
page 176
1 cup mashed baked sweet potato(about 2 medium)
 (I just peeled and chopped into uniform pieces 2 medium sweet potatoes
and then softened them in a saucepan with some water until they were sufficiently soft.)
2/3 cup whole milk
4 TBL(1/2 stick) unsalted butter,melted
1 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
3 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 TBL sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Grease baking sheet and set aside.
2.In a medium bowl,mix the sweet potato,milk,and butter.In a separate bowl sift together the flour,baking powder,sugar, and salt. Add to the sweet potato mixture. Gently mix the dry ingredients into the sweet potato mixture to for a soft dough. Drop the dough by tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheet.
3. Bake for 12-15 minutes,or until deep golden orange tinged with brown. Serve warm or let cool on a wire rack.

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