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Clayton Baptism Luncheon ~ Sweet Potato Biscuits with Maple Butter

I have the joy of catering the Baptism Luncheon for my minister’s granddaughter tomorrow at HBUMC.

Sweet potato biscuits with maple butter are on the menu!!

Old Fashioned Buttermilk Biscuits

 3 1/2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 pound cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4 inch cubes

1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups buttermilk

Egg Wash: 1 large egg beaten with 2 tablespoons milk

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Lightly grease a baking sheet.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.

 Add the butter and cut it into to the flour mixture using a pastry blender (or 2 knives). It will look like coarse meal.

 Store the dough in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

 Add 1 1/4 cups buttermilk and mix lightly just until the dough begins to stick together. Do not overmix!

 Pat or roll the dough out into 3/4 inch thickness. Cut with  a biscuit cutter.

 Place the biscuits on the baking sheet and brush with the egg wash.

 Bake for 12-15, until golden brown.

 Serve immediately.

For sweet potato biscuits add 1 cup peeled, cooked, mashed sweet potato to the batter before adding the buttermilk.

 

 

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Butterscotch Pumpkin Muffins

18 muffins

 

Pear-Dried-Cherry-Butterscotch-Muffin-Harry-And-David-Eat-The-Love-Irvin-Lin-311 ¾ cups flour

½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar

½ cup sugar

½ teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon ground mace

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

1 cup canned pumpkin

½ cup butter, melted

1 cup butterscotch chips

½ cup chopped pecans, toasted, optional

 

In a large bowl, mix flour, sugars, ginger, mace, cinnamon, cloves, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Create a well in the center of the mixture.

 

In another bowl, whisk together eggs, pumpkin, and butter. Stir in butterscotch chips and pecans and pour into the well of dry ingredients. Fold together just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Do not overmix.

 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spoon batter evenly into greased muffin cups. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

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Greek Easter Bread ~Tsoureki

Tsoureki (tsoo-REH-kee)is the traditional sweet, braided bread of Greek Easter. Tsoureki is a rich yeast bread flavored with orange and a delightful spice called Mahlab (also called Mahlepi) that is ground from the pits of wild cherries.


Tsoureki is traditionally baked with dyed red hard-boiled eggs braided into the dough.
The three-strand braid symbolizes the Holy Trinity, and the red eggs symbolizes the blood of Christ. From ancient times, the egg has been a symbol of the renewal of life, and the message of the red eggs is victory over death.
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