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Sweet Potato Drop Biscuits

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These Sweet Potato Drop Biscuits are so Yummy!  They make for a delicious on breakfast. I’ll tell you that I didn’t make mine super sweet because the sweet potato is naturally sweet. I also incorporated Greek yogurt to balance out the sweetness of the brown sugar and it worked perfectly!

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You could go this route, but why. It takes over an hour to bake the sweet potato. Then you have to let it cool so you can peel and process the sweet potatoes through a food mill to get the right consistency. I have a better idea!

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Organic sweet pureed baby food. Yep! It contains no additives and all the work is done for you.

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In a bowl, I have the “baby” sweet potato puree, Greek yogurt, and brown sugar. I like to transfer the wet ingredients into a measuring cup, it just makes it easier to add to the dry ingredients.

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Once the wet has been introduced to the dry, the batter should have a sticky consistency.  I doubled the recipe because I know from experience that one batch will not be enough.

I’m choosing to use a scoop instead of two spoons to drop the biscuits onto the baking sheets. It’s just easier for me. I’m using the large scoop, (1/4 cup capacity), for my biscuits today. Using this size scoop, after coming out of the oven, they’ll produce approx. 22 standard size biscuits.

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Once the biscuits come out of the oven and are still nice and hot, I brush some unsalted melted butter over each one. Let them cool for a couple of minutes and serve.

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Yields: 22 standard size biscuits
Prep Time: 15-20 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18-20 minutes (watch carefully after the 15-minute mark)
Total Time: 40 minutes
Equipment: Food processor, 3 baking sheet pans, 1/4 cup capacity ice cream scoop, parchment paper

Ingredients:
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons of baking powder
2 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
1 teaspoon of Kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon of fresh nutmeg
1-1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
2 sticks of unsalted cubed cold butter
8-ounce of organic “baby” sweet potato purèe (comes in jars)
8-ounces of Greek yogurt
1 cup of packed dark brown sugar

Directions:
Preheat oven to 450-degrees F.
Tip: You want to process the ingredients in stages. Do Not overfill food processor.

Whisk dry ingredients together in a mixing large bowl. Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients into a food processor with 1/3 of the cold diced cubed butter. Pulse until butter is the size of peas. The flour and butter mixture needs to look like coarse crumbs. Repeat this process until all the flour and butter have been processed through the food processor and return to the bowl. Place the flour/butter mixture into the refrigerator to keep cold.

For the wet ingredients, in a large mixing bowl, add the sweet potato puree, brown sugar, and Greek yogurt, mix to combine. Pour the wet mixture into a large measuring making the process easier to combine. Mix the wet into the dry ingredients just until the flour is incorporated. Do not overwork the dough. The mixture will have a sticky consistency.

Scoop the dough on lined parchment paper baking sheets about 1 to 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until dough is set and just golden brown. To test if done, take a toothpick and if it comes out clean they’re done.

Tip: Keep a close eye on the biscuits after 15 minutes. Once the Sweet Potato Drop Biscuits come out of the oven, lightly brush the tops of each one with melted butter.

Note: If needed, they can be reheated for 5 minutes at 400-degrees F. and be just perfect.

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Homemade Cheddar Drop Biscuits

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These are the easiest  Homemade Cheddar Drop Biscuits to make EVER! Once you’ve tried them, you’ll want to make them all the time. So easy, just watch.

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The best thing about this recipe is that the food processor is going to do all the work. If you don’t have a food processor, you can mix all your ingredients in a large mixing bowl, and use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the flour until the butter becomes the size of peas.

Add flour, baking powder, salt, and shredded cheddar to the food processor, and pulse a few times just to combine everything.  It’s important to add the cheese to the flour mixture before adding the cold cubed butter. The reason is so that the cheese will be evenly distributed throughout the flour.

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A great tip is to keep the cubed butter in the refrigerator until you’re ready to add it to the flour.

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I start off with 1 3/4 cups of whole milk, but I may not have to use all of it. As you feed the milk slowly through the feed tube, the dough will start to come together. You can see this in the 2nd picture above.

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Listen, everyone’s oven can be a little different. I like to check on the biscuits once they’ve been baking for 14 minutes. Take a toothpick and stick it into the center of one or two of the biscuits to see if it comes out clean. This way I’ll know if a couple of minutes more of baking time may be necessary.

On the top of the stove, I’ve melted a stick of unsalted butter. I like to add dried parsley flakes to the melted butter for extra color.

You could also play around a little with the flavors of your drop biscuits and add garlic powder to the melted butter for the tops or freshly minced jalapenos along with shredded cheddar, delicious!

Once they come out of the oven, brush the tops of the biscuits liberally with the melted butter and parsley mixture. Pretty easy right? Now you can have the most delicious Homemade Cheddar Drop Biscuits whenever you want.

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Yields: 8-10 standard size biscuits
Equipment: Food processor, 3 rimmed baking sheet pans, and parchment paper
Prep Time: 10 to 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 14 to 16 minutes
Total Time: 31 minutes

Ingredients:
3 cups of all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of Kosher salt
1 3/4 sticks of cold cubed unsalted butter, plus 1 extra stick of unsalted butter to melt for the tops of the biscuits
1/2 cup of shredded sharp cheddar
1 3/4 cups of whole milk
2 tablespoons of dried parsley flakes

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 425-degrees F.
Place all the dry ingredients, including the shredded cheddar, into the food processor. Next, add the cold cubed butter to the food processor and pulse until the butter pieces become the size of small peas.

Through the feed tube add the milk in slowly until the dough just comes together. Using either a large spoon or a 1/4 cup measure drop the biscuit dough onto parchment paper lined baking sheet pans. Make sure they are around 1 to 1 1/2 inches apart.

Bake for 14-16 minutes. When a toothpick comes out clean they’re done. Brush the tops liberally with the melted butter and dried parsley mixture, serve warm or at room temperature.

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Yorkshire Pudding

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Moving to London in the early ’70s was really a scary time for me. I was from a small suburb in New Jersey where everyday life as I knew it was turned upside down. England was a different world for me and took some time to adapt. We live with my Auntie Joyce and my cousins Gina and Marco. As time went by and I’d adjusted to this new way of life, food seemed to have become my happiness.

During this time in my life, it was only my mom, my sister, and me and we didn’t have much in the way of money but we had each other, and food became more important than I’d ever remembered it being.

I remember having fun watching my mom making dishes she knew as traditional but ones I didn’t recognize. I asked a lot of questions. My mom was born and raised in London and I could see in her face how she loved the style of cooking and the traditional dishes that were familiar to her.

I found this new style of food to be really different but delicious. Now I can tell you, being a kid, there were some foods I just wouldn’t touch, however, Sunday dinners were the best. Yorkshire Pudding  I loved. Roast beef, roasted potatoes, gravy, and Yorkshire Pudding. I do remember this strange looking muffin that was always served roast beef.

I’d watch Auntie Joyce preparing the Yorkshire Pudding and because I loved it, I memorized every step. Yorkshire Pudding is not so much a pudding as we know it here, but a type of bread that’s used to dip into a gravy. I’d say it’s more like a popover. I do remember taking my first bite. Being a bread lover I was hooked. I think the reason I  remembered this recipe is because it took only a few ingredients and the measurements were simple. A cup, a cup, and a cup. Let me show you how I did it.

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I wanted to increase the recipe a bit because I knew when Steve tried this, he would love them as much as I do. I mentioned it was a cup, a cup, and a cup, I’m increasing the recipe to 4 cups of each ingredient.

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 20 to 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Equipment: 2 large muffin pans
Yields: 12 Yorkshire Pudding

Ingredients:
4 cups of all-purpose flour
4 large eggs
4 cups of milk
1 block of vegetable shortening (depending on how many you’re making, you’ll need 1 tablespoon in each muffin holder)

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 450-degrees F.
Start by whisking the milk and eggs together, then slowly whisk in the flour until just combined. DO NOT overmix. The batter may be slightly lumpy, that’s fine. Place the batter in the refrigerator to rest for one hour.

Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable shortening in each one of the muffin holders. Place the muffin pan into the oven until the oil is super hot and bubbly, 2-3 minutes. Remove the muffin tins from the oven and carefully ladle in the batter. Fill each tin about 3/4 of the way full. Place the muffin pans back in the oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove the Yorkshire Puddings from the muffin tins as soon as you’re able to handle them. You want to serve them while they are still nice and hot.

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