I have always loved homemade biscuits. Crazy Daddy's Grandma makes the most delicious biscuits I have ever tasted. Ever since I tasted hers, I have tried to find a recipe that I liked. The only problem is, I cannot roll out biscuits without making a huge mess. I'm not kidding, there is flour all over the counters, the floor, me, and usually the kids too.
I tried rolling them out in a large pan. It did contain the mess, a little bit, but it was hard to use the rolling pin.
Then I read this book:
This is one of my favorite books. If you are not familiar with the Foxfire series, it consists young people interviewing the older generation in Appalachia. There is a magazine, and several books, and they are all good reads. This book is my favorite, because it consists of stories and memories about food, and recipes. There are a great deal of wonderful tips and tricks inside. It has everything from how to cook on a wood stove, to how to make cheese.
This is a book I have read 4-5 times, and I've had it less than 2 years.
Back to Biscuits:
One of the ladies in the book gave her recipe for biscuits, and she said that she never rolls them out, but just pats them out by hand. I had never thought about doing it that way, but if it is good enough for the old timers, then it's good enough for me. Since then, I have always done that way, and guess what? They taste exactly the same. They may not look quite as pretty, but I can live with that.
The first time I served them to Crazy Daddy he told me that they were delicious.
I said "Well, they are not as good as your Grandma's." To which he replied "They are pretty close."
I think that is one of the best compliments I've ever received.
I have since found out that my Pappy called these Cathead biscuits. So that's what we'll call them.
Here is the recipe:
2 cups All Purpose Flour
1 tbsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/3 cup Lard
1/4 -1/2 cup Milk
Mix dry ingredients, and then cut in your lard. Add milk until you have a manageable dough. Roll out or pat into biscuits. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees.
Note: You can use shortening or butter in place of the lard, but the lard is what makes them so good.
This is a great recipe to make with your kids. Puddin' loves reaching into the bowl, and patting out her own biscuits.
Anytime she can cook, she is a happy camper.
Puddin' smashing graham crackers for Cherry Delight.
Just a note: I am an Amazon Affiliate, but I would never recommend anything that I don't love myself.
I am recommending this book, because it is fantastic.
You could also check your local libary!
Love in Christ,