Monday, January 18, 2010

Just Like Grandma's Biscuits

When I was a kid, we'd go to my grandparents' house (on my Dad's side). Among all the reasons we loved to go there, my sisters and I would look forward to my Grandma's cooking...specifically her breakfasts! She made a little dish called Biscuits and Chocolate Gravy. She would also serve Sausage Gravy and eggs, too, but her biscuits were out of this world!

I must put a little note here...I don't have my Grandma's exact recipe. This is as close as I can get without having her's written down. Now, my aunts can make mean biscuits, too, and I need to ask them if I'm missing anything but, they taste the same to me, so I'm happy!

Without further ado....

(The full recipe is at the end of the post!)

Preheat the oven...

It is much easier to measure with these handy, dandy blocks of Crisco. I always use these! One block is a cup. Cut 2/3 of a cup and set it aside.

Then cut the 1/3 cup piece in half again. Set the little blocks aside for use later.

Add 4 cups of self-rising flour in a large bowl.

Add 1 Tablespoon of baking powder to the self-rising flour.

Stir the dry ingredients together.

Add the 2/3 C. block of Crisco into the flour and cut in using a pastry cutter or forks.

Continue to cut it in until the mixture is uniform in texture...

and looks like this.

Then add 2 C. of buttermilk.

Stir the ingredients together with a spoon until it comes together...

and looks like this.

Then dump the mixture out onto a lightly floured counter top.

Gently knead the biscuit dough until it comes together and incorporates all the dry bits and pieces and looks uniform (but don't overdo it!)

It should look about like this...

Now, take a break from the biscuits and pull out your cast iron do have a cast iron skillet don't you?! Put one of the little pieces of Crisco in the skillet and...

melt it in the oven while you finish your biscuits.

Back to the biscuits...take your rolling pin and roll out the dough to about 1 inch thickness.

Using a biscuit cutter or glass rim, cut out the biscuits.

When you can't cut anymore, squish your left over dough together and...

roll it out again until you use up all the biscuit dough.

Now, take the skillet out with the melted Crisco and bring it over by your biscuits.

Put a biscuit into the Crisco and then...

flip it over and dip the other side in the melted Crisco.

Continue with the process until you fill up the skillet with biscuits.

Then put them in the oven...

for 11 minutes! When that timer goes off, pull those babies out of the oven.

Have a plate waiting...

and turn them out of the skillet onto the plate. Now, I'm sure they taste just as good if you just take them out and put them on a plate right side up but this is how my Grandma did it and so I do it that way, too!

Now, you want to take the skillet, put the other small piece of Crisco in to melt and start the process over with the other half of unbaked biscuits that have been waiting patiently.

Once you get the other batch in the oven, break open your fresh baked biscuits and enjoy!

And if you are really wanting a treat, whip up some of Grandma's Chocolate Gravy to go on the top of those yummy biscuits! For that recipe click here!

Just Like Grandma's Bicuits

4 C. self-rising flour
1T. baking powder
2/3 C. Crisco
2 C. buttermilk
1/3 C. Crisco (cut in half)

Preheat oven to 425. Stir together dry ingredients in a large bowl. Cut in 2/3 C. Crisco until flour mixture has a "mealy" texture. Add 2 C. buttermilk and stir until mixture is moistened. Melt 1/6 C. Crisco in cast iron skillet in oven. Turn out biscuit mixture onto lightly floured counter top and lightly knead until uniform in texture. Roll out dough to 1" thickness and cut biscuits out. Take skillet out of oven and dip both sides of biscuits into the melted Crisco. Arrange biscuits in skillet with sides touching and bake for 11 minutes.


erin said...

Oh dang. I should not know about these. I hesitate to look at the chocolate gravy post.

Pam Campbell said...

Oh my goodness! I have a recipe like my great grandmothers biscuits that I recently came across and was so excited! I am a southerner for cryin' out loud! I thought we were the only ones that ate chocolate gravy! So glad to hear you were able to enjoy it too! Thanks for inspiring the memories!

erin said...

I'm posting the link to these on my blog. Yumminess should be shared, should it not?

Kim said...

MMm....CJ LOVES it when I make the buttermilk and LARD biscuits. :-) I am thinking of that Chocolate-long-john tasting gravy right now! Yummy!