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Monday, July 23, 2007

Buttermilk Biscuits

I saw a recipe for buttermilk biscuits in the June issue of Southern Living that looks almost identical to mine. The thing that makes mine (and theirs) different from most all other biscuit recipes is the extra amount of kneading. As a matter of fact, I read the recipes on the flour bags in the grocery store yesterday. Most will caution against kneading very much, recommending only 3 or 4 times. But the method I use, that I learned as a girl from Momma, is to knead about 20 or more times, working in some more flour every time I fold the dough over. You know it’s ready to roll out when the dough springs back when poked. I cook in an oven set higher than normal, and even though I use self-rising flour, I still add some more baking powder, resulting in fluffier, higher rising biscuits.

This is my version of buttermilk biscuits, perfected for my oven and my family’s taste.
3 ½ cups self rising flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup butter flavor shortening
1 ½ cup whole buttermilk
1 cup flour set aside for rolling and kneading

Roll to a rectangular shape roughly 8 by 12 inches. Use a pizza cutter to cut 2 inch squares. Separate by about a half inch on the baking sheet. Place in an oven preheated to 500 degrees and bake for 10 or 11 minutes. Makes two dozen.


Eninaj said...

Hey Carol, I copied that and sent it to Steve. He's a VERY good cook however his biscuits never seem to turn out. I'll get him to halve it. That's a good tip.

You could always write a cook book, or add recipes and tips to your writings. Sometimes that's the only reason I buy books, because of the tips they have interspersed with them, that aren't so obvious that I could just copy them w/o buying the book. lol

Rebel Fan 1973 said...

Yeah, I'm kinda drawn to books that have food in them, too. I tend to remember what the characters ate. Why is that?
One that I remember right off is Darnell Arnoult's Sufficient Grace. Lots of food in that one.

Anonymous said...

I think a cookbook from you would be an awesome thing. intersperse it with things of your family, your family history, the history of an ingredient, that's what people buy. they buy HOME. Everyone wants a home, a family. In this day and age, most don't have it. There's nothing extended about our families much anymore. Give people buttermilk biscuits with the tips you gave here. give us shortcake with tips from yo mama. Give us Appalachian apple sauce or something. Something that brings HOME back. Good food, the old fashioned way. Food made with plants. I'll buy it! You must have access to scads of recipes from the older folk you've been around. I have my grandmothers. Mock apple pie, how to make kahlua, lots of stuff.