Mmmm, hot warm biscuits!
There’s nothing better than pulling apart a biscuit and smearing it with butter. I have several recipe cards and even a book for making a variety of different kinds of biscuits. It’s one thing I remember learning to cook from my grandmother when we would visit her in Mississippi. This recipe is pretty straight forward and super easy with the kids helping. Keeping with the appalachian theme of the Sody Sallyratus story I tweaked it from this Appalachian Cat Head Biscuit recipe.
We’ve even made our own butter in the past and believe me if there is anything that delights children more than making biscuits it’s making their own butter!
2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (do not use self-rising)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup milk (buttermilk may be substituted)
4 1/2 Tablespoons unsalted butter cut into small cubes
Preheat oven to 450 degrees
Combine the dry ingredient together in a large mixing bowl. Next, add the butter a few cubes at a time and with your impeccably clean hands snap the butter between your fingers until the dough resembles coarse bread crumbs. Make a well and add the milk and again mix with your hands, until the dough is just moistened. Knead just until it comes together, about three or four times. Always be careful to not overwork the dough.
The kids, by the way, love, mixing, kneading and playing with the dough – here is where they get to have some real fun!
To make biscuits, have them pinch off a ball of dough about 2 1/2 inches across and shape into a biscuit. Place the biscuits into large cast iron skillet side by side,(if you don’t have a skillet lay them on a cookie sheet) and pat them down as flat as you can. We’ve found this dough to be super sticky and the best way to flatten them is to use the bottom of a glass with a little oil on it. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the tops of the biscuits are a light golden brown.
This recipe was inspired be the appalachian folk tale Sody Sallyratus and you can find a link to the story here.
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