Sweet, Quick Treat

One of my favourite things to do when I have a bunch of left over sweet potato in the morning is turn it into sweet potato biscuits. A nice recipe can be found in one of my favorite standby cookbooks (was a favourite since it came out in 1995), The Welcome Table, by Jessica B. Harris. There are versions online that you can find I imagine, and in other recipe books. Without going over the recipe in the book verbatim, which sometimes seems a bit unfair to me, I’ll say that it involves just a bit of butter (with about a cup or two of the mashed sweet potato. A spoonful of sugar, a tiny bit of salt, some grated nutmeg and cinnamon, and a couple of cups of flour go in (after you’ve mashed the potato into the butter), as well as a 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda. A little dab of lemon juice and some milk or buttermilk (not too much) get added in there to make a firm (but soft) dough that you press out onto a floured board, cut up as desired and bake in a moderately hot oven for a quarter of an hour. It is quite fast, and while the sun is rising (as you can see from the light) you can bask in it with a cup of coffee and the warm biscuits produced by your labour arranged on a plate, perhaps stuffed with a roughly cut piece of mature cheddar cheese…

Breakfast can be simply delightful at times.

-cvj

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