Last night I made an all American meal. Roast chicken, mashed potatoes, stuffing and biscuits.
When my great-aunt Elsie passed away, my grandmother let me have her cookbook. It’s a thick green book filled with thousands of recipes. It’s called The Wise Encyclopedia of Cookery. It has two inscriptions. One from my Gram to me dated 1998 and one from my Nana (my Gram’s mother) to my great-aunt Elsie dated 1954. I love the history of this book. I wonder how many meals it helped to create.
It has four different recipes for biscuits. The one I had been using was for Baking Powder Biscuits. It’s a great biscuit. Tom says they remind him of the ones his grandmother used to make for Sunday dinner. But I knew I could do better. I logged onto Pinterest and found a plethora of images of all types of biscuits, including dog biscuits.
I clicked on a few and then came across one that looked like it would do just fine. The original recipe can be found here.
I jotted down the ingredients on a scrap piece of paper. I measured and mixed, kneaded and folded. These biscuits came out better than I had imagined they would. I didn’t take any pictures of the process but I knew I had to share them with you.
They are fluffy and they have layers that you can easily pull apart. I liked them best plain without anything on them, not even butter. Tom preferred his with a bit of butter and honey. Ethan had his with butter, honey and jam.
I did change the recipe slightly. I reduced the temperature of the oven and I used less butter than was called for. I also didn’t have any buttermilk, so I just used skim milk.
First, whisk the following in a bowl:
- 1 3/4 cups of flour
- 1 Tbs. sugar
- 2 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 6 Tbs. of butter, cold and cut into cubes
Using your fingers, mix the butter cubes into the flour mixture just until crumbly. It’s okay if there are some chunks of butter remaining.
Then using a wooden spoon, mix in:
- 3/4 cup milk
Flour your counter and knead the dough a little. Flatten it out into a rectangle. Fold the rectangle into thirds, like a letter. Then turn the rectangle and flatten it out again. Do the fold two more times.
Flatten the dough to about 1/4 inch thick and using a glass or a biscuit cutter, cut out as many biscuits as you can. I got about 14.
Place the biscuits on a cookie sheet and bake in a preheated 400F oven. Make sure it is preheated. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until slightly browned. Enjoy!