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Nothing says country living like the smell of fresh homemade biscuits in the oven. Waking up at Granny’s house meant the smell of hot homemade biscuits, homegrown bacon, and heavenly dripped coffee. Even after all these years, these smells transport me back in time to a young girl crawling from beneath handmade quilts and skipping to the kitchen to find love and breakfast. Who knew then how precious those days would become.
Biscuit recipes, like cookie recipes, can become closely guarded secrets. I knew a lady in Mississippi who would shoo everyone out of the kitchen when she got ready to assemble her biscuits. She was known for their deliciousness all over the county but when asked about her recipe she would say, “over my dead body”.
Kind of like this cookie recipe I saw somewhere:
My Granny taught me to cook and this included her homemade biscuit recipe handed down through the generations. In the cookbook I’ve been building for my sons for the last 15 years, I gave them the recipe for Granny’s homemade biscuits but I’ve never shared it with anyone else…until now.
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 Tbs baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter cut into small pieces(leave in frig until ready)
- 1/2 cup cold buttermilk (you can use milk or make your own buttermilk - see note below)
- 1/4-1/2 cup water
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Put oil in bottom of large cast iron skillet only to cover the bottom.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine first 3 ingredients well.
- Remove butter from frig and cut into small pieces. Using a hand held pastry blender or fork, combine butter with flour until butter resembles coarse crumbs. Do not mix too long or the butter will soften too much before baking and you don't want this to happen.
- Make a well in the middle of the flour using the spoon you combined the dry ingredients with. Next, add 1/2 cup of buttermilk and 1/4 cup of water and mix with pastry blender (hand tool, not electric) or you can use your spoon.
- If the dough is too dry and crumbly, add a little buttermilk and if you need more, a little water.
- This is tricky. You don't want the dough to be too moist or runny and you don't want it to be dry either.
- Next, place a little flour onto a saucer and use the spoon to scoop out the dough for the size biscuit you want.
- Place the dough gently in the flour and turn it once to coat the other side, but not to much, only a dusting.
- Now pat and roll the biscuit into a nice round shape being careful not to handle to much.
- Place it in the skillet and turn it over so both sides are oiled. I put the ugly side down.
- Once you have done this with all the dough, place the skillet into the oven and wait....25 mins or so until the tops are golden brown.
- You should have light, fluffy biscuits like Granny always made.
- Make your own buttermilk from whole milk by adding 1 Tbs raw, organic ACV to 1/2 cup milk
- If your biscuits are too crumbly it means they're too dry, so you didn't add enough liquid, added too much dusting flour, and/or handled the dough to much.
- Gummy biscuits means to much moisture. You could have dusted a little more.
- Trial and error, trial and error. You may not believe this, but I made some really bad biscuits in my younger days, so keep trying.
Here’s a recipe for Vegan Coconut Oil Biscuits. You know what a big fan I am of coconut oil in the kitchen and for its many uses around the homestead. You can get this recipe at The Health Family and Home
If you are looking for a different variation of your grandma’s classic biscuit recipe, this one just might do the trick. You can get this recipe at Pioneer Settler.
This recipe uses food storage items to make homemade biscuits in under 20-minutes. Not only is it fast, the biscuits will please your hungry family as well. You can get this recipe at The Health Family and Home
Who could resist sharing a special Chocolate Chip Biscuit S’mores recipe? If you’re like me and love a good pastry with your morning coffee, these might just be what the chef ordered.
After all, biscuit recipes are so diverse they’re almost begging to be artfully blended with whatever your mind can imagine. You can get the recipe at Sugar and Charm.
Do you have a favorite homemade biscuit recipe? Please share it with the Famers Lamp community by posting below.
Happy Biscuit Making,
Rhonda and The Pack