Sunday, December 11, 2016

Stayin' Alive

  Mr. Baker, of the Ole Baker Farm in Harpersville, Alabama was probably 100 years old when he told me the story of a local family that had moved down from Birmingham, Alabama during the Great Depression of the 1930's. They had become his neighbors. This particular family was inexperienced at gardening and had failed in their first attempt to feed themselves. Mr. Baker and his family, being the good neighbors that they are, helped this family survive the winter by supplying them with sweet potatoes and molasses.

  This recipe survived. 

Sweet Potato Dumplings

2 or 3 Sweet Potatos (Raw Grated)
Basic Biscuit Dough
2 C. Water
1 1/2 C. Sugar
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Nutmeg
1/2 Stick Butter

1) Roll out Basic Biscuit Dough into a long rectangle about 1/4" thick.
2) Spread sweet potato on top.
3) Roll up jelly roll style and slice into 1/2" circles and place circles in a greased baking dish cut sides down.
4) Heat water, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg & butter in a sauce pan.
5) Pour over circles & bake at 425 Degrees F for 30 Minutes.

(Basic Biscuit Dough)
2 c. Plain Flour
1 tsp. Salt
3 tsp. Baking Powder
6 tbs. Butter
1 c. Buttermilk

Combine dry ingredients together into a large bowl. Cut butter into mixture until it begins to look like cornmeal. Make a well with flour mixture and slowly add milk into the middle. Knead dough with your fingers and add milk when necessary. 

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