Thursday, May 17, 2007

Rod's Biscuits make for a great morning

Today's been a slow day. I haven't done a lot of cooking or cleaning or anything else, for that matter.

The garden is going well. We have Sweet 100 tomatoes just starting to ripen and those should be ready to eat in a few days. I picked a small yellow squash and gave it to my mother. It's just enough for her to cook with some onion and it will be a tasty treat for her dinner tonight.

Speaking of my mother, she had to take my stepfather to work and she had an hour to kill before being at her job so she came by here for breakfast. My other half made homemade biscuits and gravy and they were incredible just as they always are! Mom is a tiny person who eats like a bird and she managed to eat a whole biscuit but just barely. I had one and after the rest of the household had theirs, there were two left. Those two went to Wee Black Doggie along with some of the gravy. He was a happy boy, indeed!

Here's his biscuit recipe:

Rod's Biscuits

2 to 2 1/2 c flour
3 heaping tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 to 1/2 c oil
1 1/2 c milk (we use powdered milk)

Sift the flour, salt and the baking powder into a large bowl. If you don’t have a sifter, go buy one. They’re cheap and the biscuits will be much fluffier after sifting. Add the oil and milk until you have a fairly stiff mixture. If the mixture is too runny, you can add some more flour to thicken it.
In another bowl, pour some flour into the bottom (roughly 1/2 cup). With a large spoon, scoop out enough of the biscuit mix to make a 2" ball. Drop this into the small bowl and roll the ball of mix around, covering the outside with flour.
Pat this into a 1/2 inch thick patty and place into a baking pan. Repeat this until you have used up all the biscuit mix. Place this into a preheated oven at 325 to 350 and bake for 15-30 minutes or until biscuits begin to brown on top.

Rod tells people he learned to make biscuits after trying for years to find a woman who could make them. He finally gave up and learned how to do it himself. I have to admit they beat the patootie out of my old Easy Baking Powder Drop Biscuits I made for years so I'm thrilled when he makes them.

So, what recipe do you use for biscuits? Come on, surely you don't use the wop kind! You know, the kind you wop on the countertop?

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