Okay- winding up the summer vacation with the family, and almost back home.
We're all ready to be in our own beds, to see our dogs Ghost and Keska (not to mention the fish and the silkworm caterpillars), and hang out with our friends and neighbors.
I called my mom for the biscuit recipe. She's famous for starting every recipe with,
"you take a stick of butter..."
and this recipe has both butter and shortening... so keep in mind this is not a light snack.
2 cups sweet potatoes (about 3 medium sweet potatoes)
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup sugar
4 cups self-rising flour
1 cup shortening
1-2 Tablespoons of water if needed
Boil peeled potatoes for 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees
Drain potatoes and mash, then add butter and sugar while still hot.
Sift flour into mixture.
Cut in shortening.
Add water if needed for the right consistency.
I asked my mom, "what is the 'right consistency'?"
She said, "until it feels like a biscuit."
She was a home economics major. So these are things she just knows. When I asked for clarification she said, "you should be able to roll it out and use a biscuit cutter on it."
Sprinkle flour on your rolling surface to prevent sticking. Roll out to the size and thickness you want. When we make them, we make them smaller than your basic KFC biscuit, usually just a little larger than a silver dollar in diameter, and maybe 3/4 of an inch thick. You may want to try a few sizes/thicknesses to find your own preference.
Bake approximately 10 minutes until lightly brown (obviously, this can change if you make really large and thick biscuits).
Makes 4-5 dozen biscuits, so you will have plenty to share.
Serve with a pat of butter (there's that butter again), a slice of sharp cheddar cheese, or a slice of honey baked ham.
Let me know if you try it, and if you like it.