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Homemade Sweet Potato Drop Biscuits

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These Homemade Sweet Potato Drop Biscuits are so Yummy!  They make for a delicious 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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Prep Time: 15 to 20 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 to 20 minutes (watch carefully after the 15-minute mark)
Total Time: 50 minutes
Yields: 22 standard size biscuits
Equipment: Food processor, 3 baking sheet pans, large cookie-dough scoop, parchment paper, pastry brush, 2 large mixing bowls

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 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
2 sticks of unsalted cubed cold butter
8 ounces (2 4-ounce jars) of organic “baby” sweet potato purèe
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 the 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 for 10 minutes.

In the meantime, 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 to 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.

Once the biscuits come out of the oven and are still nice and hot, lightly brush the tops of each one with melted butter. Serve hot or warm. These are my Homemade Sweet Potato Drop Biscuits.

Tip: Keep a close eye on the biscuits after 15 minutes.

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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Prep Time: 10 to 15 minutes
Cook Time: 14 to 16 minutes
Total Time: 31 minutes
Yields: 8 to 10 standard size biscuits
Equipment: Food processor, 3 rimmed baking sheet pans, parchment paper, large mixing bowl, small mixing bowl, measuring cup, measuring spoons

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

Directions:
Preheat oven to 425-degrees F.
Place all the dry ingredients, including the shredded cheddar, into the food processor.

Tip: 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.

Tip: Keep cubed butter in the refrigerator until needed.

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 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 to 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.

Now you can have the most delicious Homemade Cheddar Drop Biscuits whenever you want.

 

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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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