Today’s tip for Amazingness:
A Plate Full of Biscuits
Musings of a Southern Girl
Down here in the south we take biscuits seriously! Everybody’s momma or grandmomma makes the best biscuits and you can’t argue that! Now, I know that many of you are not from the south, so let me explain what a biscuit is. A biscuit is similar to what the British call a scone, but not so fancy. It is a made with flour and the leavening agents are baking soda and baking powder. You make a dough with cold butter that is worked into the flour by hand until it looks like corn meal before you add in the liquid and a really good fluffy biscuit has lard!! DO NOT TOUCH IT TOO MUCH; Cardinal rule of biscuit making! The end result is round bready bits of wonderful in varying degrees of fluffyness! Recipe below.
Biscuits are eaten any time of the day and in many ways, sort of Forrest Gump descriptive: Biscuits and gravy, biscuits and jelly, biscuits with ham, biscuits with steak, biscuits with sausage, biscuits with butter, biscuits plain, biscuits with buttermilk, biscuits with bacon, biscuits with apples and cheese, broiled biscuits, on a casserole, for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack…well “That- that’s about it.” Basically if you want a biscuit, cuz I know you do, you can legitimately eat it any time you want- booyah! Oh yea! Snap! Bam!
One of my favorite ways to eat it is the next day split, buttered, and broiled and then I’m always glad I have two pieces because I can’t ever decide if I’m going to put jelly on it or just butter, so I do one half each way. That is to say unless I have apple butter, which is another of God’s gifts to the south! Side note, down here it is called jelly unless it is preserves which are lumpy, but you may call it jam, it’s OK, we know what you mean.
My Mamame used to put the leftover biscuits on a plate and stick it in the cupboard; no plastic wrap, no Tupperware, just on a plate in the cupboard! It was the greatest thing to wake up in the morning and find a plate full of yesterday’s biscuit. They would dry out a little and make them perfect for broiling. Down here that is what we call “smack your momma good!”. mmmMMMMmmm!
How serious do we take biscuit makin’? When I was 18 I couldn’t make biscuits, gasp!!! and that same grandmother told me “How do you expect to find a husband if you can’t make a biscuit!” Aaaand people, she was serious! Then my mother gave me a wooden “biscuit makin’ bowl” with the instructions that if I didn’t make biscuits I had to return the bowl! It’s serious y’all! I still have the bowl!
Recently I was in Michigan and had a picnic dinner where someone brought her “famous” biscuits. They were sourdough and made in a muffin tin, ummmm no, just no. After dinner one of the fellas asked “How did you like my mom’s famous biscuits?” to which I had to reply “Well, those were good bready things, but there were NOT biscuits”. Fortunately he laughed, I’d hate to offend the Michiganders and normally we say “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all”, but really people; this was serious-we were talking about biscuits here!
Now, excuse me while I go eat my biscuits and have a glass of tea; notice I didn’t call it sweet tea because that is a given y’all, but that is another story.
Biscuit recipe: Now, don’t y’all write in fussin’, I know that’s not how your momma made them, but you can share Your momma’s recipe with us in the comments.
3 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
6 tbsp shortenin, (it is just a southern word for the fat-Crisco, butter, lard)
1 cup of milk
Sift flour (this is something we used to do, but no longer needed) and sift with baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening with 2 knives (fingers work well too). Add milk. Turn onto lightly floured board. Knead lightly and pat into sheet 1/2 inch thick. Cut with floured cutter (most of us just use an inverted glass-fancy no?) Bake in a hot oven (450 Fahrenheit) 12 minutes.
Biscuit recipe 2
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp shortening
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
Mix flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, soda, and shortening until shortening is well mixed into (cut in) the flour. Use your hands and you can tell by the feel when the shortening is completly mixed in. Addd buttermilk and mix well. The mixture will be moist, you will need to add more flour until you reach the “right” consistancy to have a ball or dough (don’t fuss with it too much). Roll out and cut. Bake 325 for about 20 minutes.
There are as many biscuit recipes as there are southerners. Here are a few links to some more:
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