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Biscuits
« on: December 14, 2022, 12:45:07 PM »
I wanted biscuits on my day off.
 
I remembered eating biscuits in the kitchen of the house on Route Two, and watching the sun come up while listening to the local AM station to see if there was too much snow to have school.
 
Those were Bisquick biscuits.
 
And they were good.
 
I made some today, but I cheated. I used heavy cream instead of milk.
 
And they were good.
 
And odds are,  you'd hear this... Or an even older version...
 
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Re: Biscuits
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2022, 02:03:37 PM »
Mtnbkr occasionally makes biscuits. He's tried to recreate his grandmother's recipe. Not sure if he ever nailed it, but I've been party to some damned good batches of biscuits.

He, I think, uses lard.

I've made biscuits a number of times over the years and they've turned out OK, but anymore I'll just buy some of the frozen Grands biscuits and pop them in the toaster oven. They're about as good as anything that I can make on my own.
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Re: Biscuits
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2022, 02:20:50 PM »
We do the frozen Grands ourselves.  They're pretty good for a frozen biscuit.
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Re: Biscuits
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2022, 02:57:52 PM »
We do the frozen Grands ourselves.  They're pretty good for a frozen biscuit.

Surprisingly they're a lot better than the Grands in the tubes.
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Re: Biscuits
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2022, 03:25:38 PM »
Man, I used to make biscuits all the time. I need to make some again. I recall when we had a thread on it back in the day, my recipe was similar to mtnbkr's using lard (lots of lard) and a cast iron pan in the oven. Pretty close to this old boy - it's just cowboy cookin'.  =)

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Re: Biscuits
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2022, 03:36:57 PM »
I used butter and mayo in my biscuit dough
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Re: Biscuits
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2022, 03:41:36 PM »
Mtnbkr made a batch some years ago that were literally oozing lard. I called them his lard pucks.

They were freaking INSANELY good.

I grew up in the North, so I don't have anything even remotely approaching a family biscuit tradition. Up north it was all about yeast raised dinner rolls.
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Re: Biscuits
« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2022, 11:07:15 PM »
I use lard and buttermilk in my biscuits. Just good ole' southern buttermilk biscuits to go with my fried chicken, mashed taters, corn and pan gravy. That is basically the menu this coming sat when my daughter visits.

I am sure most people know but just in case, always freeze your lard and then use a grater to grate it over the flour mixture before cutting it in. My recipe calls for 1 cup of lard so I make one cup rounds and freeze them that way. Lard will last nearly forever in the freezer.

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Re: Biscuits
« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2022, 06:57:17 PM »
I've been in a mood trying to get biscuits right. I had them close on my first attempt using crisco because I am not sure if a pork allergy deals with lard or not. Local Virginia mill with soft winter wheat flour. Then I got what I really wanted, a bag of White Lily. So far unimpressed I guess the hipster rumors of them moving the mill changed the product. I will be back to it soon, try a different grease. Beef tallow, bear, and duck are the current plottings.
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Re: Biscuits
« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2022, 07:59:13 PM »
Duck fat biscuits sounds mighty tasty.
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Re: Biscuits
« Reply #10 on: December 16, 2022, 07:54:54 AM »
I've been in a mood trying to get biscuits right. I had them close on my first attempt using crisco because I am not sure if a pork allergy deals with lard or not. Local Virginia mill with soft winter wheat flour. Then I got what I really wanted, a bag of White Lily. So far unimpressed I guess the hipster rumors of them moving the mill changed the product. I will be back to it soon, try a different grease. Beef tallow, bear, and duck are the current plottings.


Not hipster, not rumors. White Lily HAS changed, and not for the better. I know many people who had used it for years (I also used it quite a bit) who suddenly had their biscuits, cakes, and other baked goods completely change, and not for the better.

The company that made it was sold and manufacturing was moved to other mills; there are also rumors that the specific breed of wheat also changed and that had an impact, too.

I know some people who now resort to using Swan's cake flour when they really want the best biscuits they can make.
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Re: Biscuits
« Reply #11 on: December 16, 2022, 09:33:34 AM »
I have a box of swans. Was seriously unimpressed by the white lily.
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Re: Biscuits
« Reply #12 on: December 16, 2022, 09:40:50 AM »
And the flour I liked so much? Big Spring Mill in Elliston Virginia. Permanently closed in August so no wonder my backwoods store didn’t restock. Arrrghh.
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Re: Biscuits
« Reply #13 on: December 16, 2022, 12:55:28 PM »
I have a box of swans. Was seriously unimpressed by the white lily.

It's not as good as it used to be.
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