Tuesday, October 5, 2010

I'm Not Going To Brag........


I'm a Northern girl. I've lived in Illinois my entire life. My dad was from Alabama, Mobile to be exact. I've been told that that is as southern as you can git. My mother in law, Donna, is from the south too. She mostly grew up in Lebanon, Tennessee. Have I ever mentioned that it was her family that started Cracker Barrel? How cool is that?
Anywho, even though I'm a northern girl, my mother in law says all the time that southern is just in the blood. And I can make iced tea(which believe it or not most people up here can't make it) or as some down south call it sweet tea. And I can make corn bread and sausage gravy with the best of them. I don't know why I'm able to do this but I'm quite pleased that I'm able to please a southern palette. My only down fall is that I can't make biscuits. I've tried and tried.
Donna went to TN to visit some family. They had a long conversation about biscuits. She also, brought me back some flour. I'm pretty sure this is a hint. I found a recipe on the bag but it didn't seem like much of a recipe. So does anyone out there have a killer biscuit recipe? And it needs to be somewhat easy.
Thanks for helping a northern girl,
SonyaAnn

16 comments:

Sheila said...

I'm a sad southern girl--born and raised in southwest Louisiana. I can't make biscuits at all--but I can make a mean hockey puck!!! I think I figured out my problem--I have a very heavy hand--I think you need to mix it all carefully. All the recipes I've seen have been quite simple--the one on the bag should be fine--Martha White has great products. Huh--maybe I'll have to give it a shot again--you are inspiring me!!! Good luck. Take care.

Annie Jones said...

Is that the bag of flour in the picture the one she brought you? If so, it's self-rising. It already has the salt and baking powder in it, so the recipe on the back probably "didn't seem like much of a recipe". I'd try it first and see what happens. Meanwhile, I'll try to figure out what recipe I use most. I have a few.

A.Marie said...

I have a great biscuit recipe...it's called "Grands! biscuits" LOL

Seriously, though, I can make good biscuits. I found this site and I like this recipe alot!

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art45669.asp

A.Marie said...

http://www.ehow.com/how_4522806_homemade-southern-biscuits.html

This recipe uses self-rising flour.

SonyaAnn said...

Sheila-We are sisters! I can only make hockey pucks too! They are god awful! I've tried quite a few times and to me they just taste too much of baking soda. Odd problem, I know.

SonyaAnn said...

Annie Jones-You were one of the people that I hoped would help me. I feel like such a failure!LOL. I can make bread quite well and I just found a new wheat bread recipe that I'm going to try. But a biscuit seems to allude me!
And yes, I have the flour in the pic.

SonyaAnn said...

A.Marie-Thank you so much!! I have a ton of canned biscuits in the freezer that I got for free but I want a biscuit that I can pour gravy on.
Thank you for the link!

SonyaAnn said...

Thanks twice!

Nicole said...

If you're doing drop biscuits, it is really important not to over-mix. Get ingredients just wet and then start dropping.

If you're doing cut out biscuits, you can't put too much flour in them/roll them out too many times or they'll be tough.

Beaten biscuits take a lot more abuse, but they take forever to make, so we've only made them once.

You may like Angel biscuits-- these are thinner than standard biscuits but mighty light and tasty. The recipe is from cook's country but I'll have to look for it when I get home (you can get it online, but you have to pay).

SonyaAnn said...

Nicole-I'll take any recipe that you have. I'll have to do a taste test or something. Thank you. I just may need a lot of practice is all. I really need a dummy proof recipe.
Thank you for the help.

Jill said...

Your post just brings back memories for me. I'm a northern girl too, but live in the south for awhile. Southern ladies can cook! The sweet tea, never tasted any like it since, LOL I had no idea what grits were before living there either. Lately my biscuits have been from a can too :-( My luck with bread is not the best. But I can bake other things. LOL Just wanted to thank you for taking me down memory lane. :-)

Good luck with the biscuits! You'll have to post some after pics :-) Have a great day!

Blessings,
Jill

SonyaAnn said...

Jill-I wish that I had been taught to cook like that. Hell, I wish that I had been taught to cook at all!
And I'm glad that I took you for a lovely little stroll.
Have a great week.

Frances said...

My recipe is at home, but I looked around and I found a tutorial on how to make them. This is exactly how I make mine and they are YUMMY. (Note to self: I need to make some biscuits.)

http://www.southernplate.com/2009/05/buttermilk-biscuits-tutorial.html

Nicole said...

This is more complicated than I remember. More like a rolled biscuit than a drop.

Angel biscuits
1 cup buttermilk, heated to 110 d F
1 package yeast
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tablespoon sugar
1 tsp salt
8 tablespoons vegetable shortening cut into 1/2 inch pieces and chilled (we use butter)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1. Heat oven to 200 deg. Turn off. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. stir buttermilk and yeast until dissolved. Mix flour, baking powder, soda, sugar, and salt on low speed until combined. Add shortening and mix until just incorporated, about 1 min. Slowly stir buttermilk mixture until dough comes together, about 30 sec. Mix on low with dough hook until dough is smooth and shiny, about 2 min.
3. Knead on lightly floured surface to form smooth ball. RRolk into 10 inch circle, about 1/2 in thick. Using a 2 1/2 in floured biscuit cutter, cut rounds and transfer to baking sheets. Gather remaining dough and cut biscuits. Cover with towels and place in warm oven. Let rise until doubled in size, 30 min.
4. Remove from oven and heat oven to 350 F. Bake until golden brown 12-14 min, switching and rotating halfway through baking. Remove and brush with melted butter.

SonyaAnn said...

Frances-Thank you, it does look yummy! My mouth is watering now. Mmmmmmm, biscuits!

SonyaAnn said...

Nicole-Thank you! You are kind and wise beyond your years for all of your biscuit knowledge! Too much?
Have a great weekend!