Growing up, did you have something on a regular basis that you just got a little tired of? Nothing serious, just simple? In our house there were regular staples: Cornbread, biscuits, and black-eyed peas. Seriously, every meal had two of those items! Okay, not breakfast, but all the rest had two.
As a cook, one of the things I try to do is provide a variety. I can’t stand repetition. But, that is in more areas of my life than just cooking. I don’t like CD’s, because it is the same artist, or style of music over and over and over and over…..okay, get it? I don’t like running around a track because it is the same scenery over and over and over and over…. Sure, there are some things I like the same…..but I DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE!!!!
With the cost of groceries sky-rocketing just like everything else, it has become increasingly difficult to stick to a budget of $160 a month for our family of 2 1/2 (Joshua’s only with us 1/2 of the time) We’ve done it, but it has only been through creative planning. I have decided to start one thing that I deliberately have chosen not to do because of the WEIGHT gain effect!!! MAKE BREAD! I can make bread at a fraction of the cost of buying it, and it is a great staple to fill a body. Unfortunately, it fills some of us too much!
When I make bread, I make french bread, rolls, pitas, tortillas, etc. Something fun, different and good. Of course, it is all wheat based. Yesterday, I decided to do something extremely different for me: I made biscuits! Why is that so different? Have you considered the ease of making biscuits? Sure, there is a bit of practice needed to get them just perfect, but of all the breads, biscuits are the easiest in my opinion. And, they are SIMPLE!!!
Having not made biscuits in about 15 years (NO JOKE), they weren’t my best. I rolled them too thin, and I think I probably worked the dough too much. All-in-all, to the non-trained eye and the hungry, they were good biscuits. I knew there were serious issues. But, it is the first time I’ve made biscuits in 15 years!!!
I made them to go with Joshua’s smoothie for breakfast. Fresh out of the oven, I put peanut butter and jelly on one for him. He told me it was good, and off to school we go.
When I picked him up last night, guess what the subject was on the drive home. BISCUITS!!! Please remember, I enjoy making bread: tortillas, rolls, pitas, etc. But he wanted to talk about those biscuits (and also remember, they were flat). He needed an explanation of why he has never had them (he’s 12, and has them at my moms). I explained that Tata (my mom) fixed them for almost every meal and I didn’t have a need for them. He proceeded to tell me that I need to start fixing them a lot. I reminded him he likes my other breads too. He agreed, but asked for more biscuits.
For supper last night, things didn’t go as planned. We had to go to a local Mexican restaurant. I ordered a child size meal, and he ordered an adult meal. He ate as much as his daddy for supper, and claimed to be stuffed.
We walked in the house, and he asked for a BISCUIT!!!
Here’s the recipe I used:
1 cup Better for Bread flour
1 cup wheat flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup shortening
2/3 cup milk
Preheat oven to 425
In large bowl, combine dry ingredients and shortening. With potato masher (or fingers or fork) mix well, but do not over mix. You want to incorporate, but not eliminate the appearance of the shortening.
Add the milk. Stir to form a soft dough. Roll into a ball. Turn on to a pastry mat or wax paper. Knead dough A LITTLE. Once again, overworking will give a non-desired outcome! Often 10 times is plenty, but no more. Roll flat with a rolling pin. But not too flat!!! At least 1/2 inch is needed to give it a decent rise, 3/4 inch is better.
Cut dough as desired (round, cookie cutters, squares, etc). Place on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve warm!
NO THERE ARE NO PICTURES!!! THOUGH I GUESS I SHOULD SHOW YOU WHAT BISCUITS SHOULDN’T LOOK LIKE!!!! 🙂
What items did you have growing up that you just don’t cook?