We all have family traditions, right? One of ours is having fresh biscuits on Saturday morning. I don't remember when this first started, but we have been doing it for years and years. This week was no exception.
Our recipe has evolved over time. We started with
one, then changed, then kind of combined the two and that was it for years.
But recently, I was thinking about having to do with less, and not
being able to replenish what I have on hand and wondered how I could
simplify my recipe. As things get more expensive and supplies are harder
to come by, some comfort foods may have to be eliminated from our
diets. But there will be times when a little bit of comfort will go a
So I simplified my recipe by leaving out a few ingredients. We still think it is great! I don't have it written down anywhere. I have been making them for so long, I barely have to think about it anymore.
2 cups flour
3 heaping tsp. baking powder
1 heaping tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup shortening
between 2/3 & 1/2 cup butter milk (I use milk with a splash of apple cider vinegar)
I mix all of the dry ingredients together first. Then work the shortening in with a pastry blender until it is nice and crumbly.
The recipe I have always used includes buttermilk. My mom taught me in high school that you can add a little vinegar to milk for buttermilk in a recipe and this is what I have always done. By the way, this is some of our fresh goat milk.
Stir the dough until it is well moistened and turn it out on the counter.
Knead the dough until it is mixed well. It is best if it is almost sticky and will barely come off the counter when you roll it out and cut it.
As you can see, I use a wide mouth canning jar to cut my biscuits. We also use them for drinking glasses. Things have to be pretty tough and durable around me. We had some regular glasses, but I always kept breaking them.
We all have our favorite cookie sheet. You know, the one that looks kind of crummy that you have been using for years and years? Well, this is mine. I have probably had this for at least 25 years or more.
This morning when I asked Frank what he wanted for breakfast he said cereal or biscuits would be fine. When I told him cereal would be easier he said, "Yes. But biscuits taste better!"
So, here are our traditional Saturday morning biscuits with fresh butter and the pear butter we made last summer.
What are some of your family traditions?
It is the little things in life that mean the most and create the fondest memories.
Until next time - Fern