Sweet Potato Cakes (Biscuits)

This is an easy to work with dough and it makes tasty biscuits!

2 cups all purpose flour
1-1/2 tsp. sugar
1-1/2 tsp. kosher salt
2-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 cup mashed sweet potatoes (canned is fine)
1/2 cup vegetable (canola) oil
1/2 cup milk

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Take out a baking sheet and set aside.

Meanwhile, sift all the dry ingredients together, set aside. With a fork, mix the sweet potatoes, oil and milk together, then mix into the dry ingredients with the fork only until the mixture holds together.  Turn the dough out onto a light floured surface and with lightly floured hands, knead the dough just about 10 times – just until it is smooth. Roll or pat to 1/4″ thick and cut out biscuit rounds, or whatever shape you wish. Place on the baking sheet and bake for about 20-22 minutes.

Cheddar Biscuits

Not only are these biscuits big and delicious, but they’re a clone of a clone. A certain cookbook author who clones recipes, cloned this from a restaurant chain, then I cloned it again, because it wasn’t just the right “click” for our home. Isn’t imitation the best form of flattery? For best results you need a food processor.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and get out a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan.

2-1/2 cups of a biscuit baking mix (doesn’t have to be Bisquick- I use a store brand)
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 of an 8 oz. brick of cheddar cheese – just cut it into half, then into 4 pieces
1/2 of a stick of cold butter (not margarine) sliced into at least 4 pieces
3/4 cup buttermilk

Place the baking mix, garlic powder and cheese in the processor and whirl it for about 20 seconds – you gotta mix it well. Then add the butter and slowly pour in the buttermilk while it’s processing. Stop it when it all comes together in a blob.

Using your hands, pull out small blobs and slightly form into small balls and place on sheet pan – you should get about 12. Then rinse/wash off your hands because they will be gooey and – with wet hands – using the palms of each hand, slightly press to flatten each biscuit.

Bake for about 18-20 minutes, or until golden.