Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

I'm Biscuit Challenged No More

For most of my married life I have been biscuitly challenged.    Biscuits are a big deal on the prairie.    Biscuits and gravy is THE breakfast.    Every restaurant on the prairie serves biscuits and gravy as a breakfast offering.    Well, even our McDonald's serves biscuits and gravy for breakfast (for $1.19 for one biscuit and a small container of gravy).

And I've tried -- really tried to make good biscuits.     But I gave up.    I just couldn't do it and Pillsbury makes great frozen biscuits and so I depended upon those when we wanted biscuits for breakfast or dinner.  

And then, last week, a light bulb went off . . . .

The biscuits fresh from the oven

And I produced these wonderful, tall, flaky biscuits.

Perfect Biscuits!

The light bulb moment?    Mixing the biscuits in the food processor.    It works!    I've made them more than once so it wasn't a fluke!    And each time they've been tall and flaky -- perfect biscuits.

Ina Garten taught me to do pie crust in the food processor.   I had been pie crust challenged as well and my pies were always made with the Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust.    But Ina changed all that.   I hardly ever buy a pie crust anymore preferring instead to make my own.

It was easy to do -- the baking powder, flour and salt in the food processor and then add the fat (I use butter usually) and whirl until it's all mixed together.     Then add 1 beaten egg and milk (I prefer buttermilk).   Mix until the dough comes together.

As you know, the dough needs to be handled gently and once it has come together, knead a few times and then roll out and cut with a biscuit cutter and bake.

It's Friday and I'm joining Michael at Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday.


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh, they look yummy. I need to give this a try. Thanks, Hugs, Marty

Anonymous said...

I need to get my food processor out of the box it's in. Your biscuits sound good. Pat

Anonymous said...

Interesting; will have to keep this in mind.

Blondie's Journal said...

Who would have thought?! These look delicious! I have to give this a try!

Happy Holidays, Martha!


Carol at Serendipity said...

I have never been able to make a biscuit!!! I will try this. I make my pie crust in the processor and have for years.

Now if I could just make pretty bows for my packages - I am wrapping challenged.


Pondside said...

The biscuits look lovely, but I'm trying to get my head around the thought of biscuits and gravy for breakfast. What sort of gravy would it be - beef? chicken? mushroom?
Like others, I'll have to get out my food processor and try this recipe. We like our biscuits hot, with butter and molasses!

Bluebells and Lavender said...

Hi Martha, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your comments. I love your posting of the afternoon tea, a real ritual in England, and I have the same Willow pattern tea set...only my teapot's handle broke in the move, so I'll need to buy another one...Happy Hols

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Great idea! Your biscuits look delicious. I'm going to add this note to my recipe!