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My sister and I would hop off of the school bus at the end of the driveway to see Grandmother standing at the top of the drive waving to us. We didn’t have huge backpacks like the kids now have, so we’d shift our books around as we raced each other up the driveway to see which one would be the first to get our afternoon hugs. Like she always did though, she’d tuck one of us under one arm and the other one under the other arm and give us a great big hug at the same time. Then, as we went in and put our things down, we each got another big hug as we started telling her all about our day.
We would sit at her long wooden kitchen table as we did our homework, but I admit I had a hard time concentrating as I watched her move about in her kitchen. Moving from one part of the kitchen to another, lifting a lid here, stirring the pot there, and doing it all as quietly and gracefully as if she were a butterfly. She was amazing to watch.
She would save a few things for us to help her do when we finished our homework – clearing and setting the table, putting the ice in the glasses, and helping her cut the biscuits to put in the oven. Somehow, she was always able to make a way for my sister and I to both be involved in the biscuit making.
As the weather started to get cooler for fall, she’d begin to make her sweet potato biscuits. Their orange coloring and slightly sweet taste was always welcome and we’d get excited knowing that Halloween, Thanksgiving and then Christmas were near.
Whenever I make sweet potato biscuits now for my family, it’s hard not to remember those afternoons with her in her kitchen. Sharing the stories with Little Buddy of those afternoons together make them even more special.
Here’s my family Sweet Potato Biscuits recipe. I hope you love them as much as we do!
Southern Sweet Potato Biscuits Recipe
- 1 cup cooked mashed sweet potato
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 2 cups self-rising flour
- 2 pinches salt
- 1 pinch sugar
- 3 tablespoons vegetable shortening
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
- Mix together sweet potato and milk in a small bowl.
- Cut shortening and very cold butter into dry ingredients of flour, salt and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
- Slowly pour milk and sweet potato mixture into your dry ingredients. Mix lightly.
- Pour dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently pat into a round disc about ½ inch thick. Cut dough with a sharp metal or glass cutter. Brush lightly with melted butter.
- Place into hot oven and bake for 10-12 minutes.