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All the rage right now with 'foodies' are sweet potato fries, breads, pies, cakes, chips and more. This southern favorite has suddenly become mainstream America...but these biscuits come from an old family recipe donated to the Mt. Holly Cemetery cookbook committee.

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup shortening (you can use butter)
  • 1 Tbs. milk
  • 2 Tbs. baking powder
  • 2 Tbs. sugar
  • 1 cup cooked, mashed sweet potatoes

The potatoes are easiest to handle if you bake them in a 425 degree oven for approximately 1 hour. Let them cool, carefully slit the jacket and scoop out the flesh or peel the jacket off and then mash.

Combine the first 4 ingredients; cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add sweet potatoes and stir until evenly distributed. Sprinkle milk over flour mixture; stir until dry ingredients are moistened.

Turn dough out onto a heavily floured survace; pat to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut dough with a 2 inch biscuit cutter. Place biscuits on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Makes 1 dozen.

This recipe and many others can be found in the wonderful and quirky cookbook: Recipes in Perpetuity Timeless Tastes and Tales from Residents and Future Residents of Mount Holly.

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