Thursday, May 19, 2011

Homemade Biscuits Recipe, A Southern Family Tradition

Homemade biscuits are a family tradition passed down from my Grandma to my mom and now to me.

I remember as a little girl watching my Grandma cut out white circles of dough and hoping she'd have just a little bit leftover so I could sample the uncooked biscuits.

Now my daughter watches me cut out the white circles, confident that a little treat will soon be hers.

Today I am participating in Third Thursday Thoughts hosted by Hearts at Home. Our theme for this month is a favorite homemade dish. My family's hands-down favorite homemade dish is my biscuits. Once you've had easy homemade biscuits you'll NEVER want to go back to canned ones!

Homemade Sausage, Egg and Cheese Biscuit

Homemade Biscuits

2 cups all purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/3 cup shortening
3/4 cup buttermilk (or 2% milk)

Mix dry ingredients, cut in shortening and mix. Add milk. Flour surface and lightly knead dough, adding flour if dough is too sticky. Roll out dough to about 1/2-3/4 inch thick. Cut out with biscuit cutter or small cup. Place on baking sheet. Bake at 400* for 20 minutes until lightly browned.

Yield: 8 biscuits (depending on how thin you roll them out).

If you've never made biscuits from scratch here's a tutorial to get you started.

Measure dry ingredients into bowl.

Cut in shortening until it's like lumpy dirt.

Add milk and combine until it's like play dough.

Lightly knead. Then flatten using your hand. Cut out with biscuit cutter or small cup.

These biscuits are very forgiving. As long as you follow the easy recipe it's really difficult to mess them up.

They are delicious for breakfast: with jelly, with honey, with cream gravy, or as a sausage, egg and cheese biscuit. We also eat them for supper with brown gravy (roast beef). They are even good for dessert as the base for strawberry shortcake.

My family would eat home made biscuits at every meal if I'd cook them that often!

Do you make home made biscuits? If not, will you try it now?


Shelley said...

I haven't made biscuits in years and your post reminds me of how good they can be...I will have to try your recipe this weekend. Thanks for the pictures - love that part.

Linda @ Country Road Faith said...

Funny, I am making biscuits this morning. Loving hearts think alike.

I use 3 cups of self-rising flour in mine. That makes enough for tomorrow's breakfast here. As a little girl, I also had your grandma giving me a piece of left over dough to nibble on while waiting for the real thing.
Mom's biscuits were made in a yellow glass bowl, which is yours to inherit some day. I broke the measuring cup the other day :(
Got some homemad blackberry jelly to go on mine.ummmmmmmm good!

Wherever HE Leads We'll Go said...

These do look really good, but I have to admit I am not a biscuit girl. Maybe it is the yankee roots! : )

Jenn said...

Your mama's biscuits have converted me- my FAVORITE is using them to make strawberry shortcake!! Of course, your brother would prefer cake, but I always want your mama's biscuits!! ha :-)

Debbie Giese said...

You are speaking my love language...biscuits! That first pic with the sausage looked so good! Thanks for sharing this recipe, I look forward to getting rid of the crack on the counter biscuits and try some real ones.

Christie said...

I learned from another missionary in Africa that biscuits are EVEN BETTER when the butter is very cold...I mean like I put the butter and the pastry blender hand tool thingy in. The freezer when I got in the shower on the morning I was going to make biscuits. Also, she always said cream of tartar was the secret ingredient to the best biscuits??? I have always used it since then because before her advice my biscuits were no good and afterward...yum!

The boys I taught in Nigeria loved for me to make them orange tea biscuits....a little orange rind shreds in the biscuit batter, juice of one orange mixed with a tsp of sugar, drizzle sugar over the top and bake the good! :)

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