Country Biscuits

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Homemade biscuits… we love them!

As you know, I am a huge fan of freshly ground, whole wheat flour.  We jokingly refer to processed white flour as “kill ya flour”.  I am here to tell you that we still use “kill ya flour” in our home.

See, if you have an incredibly patient husband who grew up in the south and he graciously tried about 2,469 versions of whole wheat flour biscuits, and none of them could make this southern boy happy, AND if you are his loving wife, and you like doing things to make your incredible husband happy, you too, would make biscuits with “kill ya flour”! 

In my cooking classes, I tell my students to make changes gradually; don’t change everything at once.  Keeping the family happy, and not stressing them out over food is really important.  

My relationships with my family members are much more important than my desire to feed them healthy food for every meal.  Yes, healthy food is important to me.  I make most our meals from scratch for that reason.  But, if making biscuits out of “kill ya flour” once a week makes my husband happy, then I am happy.  I refuse to worship healthy food.  We eat lots of healthy food; I figure some unhealthy food won’t hurt us too bad.

It is my pleasure to present to you Country Biscuits (made with “kill ya flour”).

Preheat oven to 450 degrees before you get started.  It takes a bit for the oven to get that hot.

2 C white flour (we use organic unbleached- it makes me feel better!)
1 TB sugar
1 TB baking powder
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 C palm shortening or Crisco
3/4 C milk

Combine dry ingredients.  Cut in palm shortening until the mixture is crumbly.  Palm shortening is very soft at room temperature and cutting it in is very easy.  You can use a pastry cutter or even two forks since the palm shortening is so soft.

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Palm shortening cut into dry ingredients

Stir in the milk.  Use your hands to combine the dough and knead it for 10 strokes.  Pat it out into a thick circle.

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Use a biscuit cutter to cut out the biscuits.  Place cut biscuits on a cookie sheet (I love my baking stones) with sides not touching.

Bake at 450 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until they brown slightly.

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Check out Gravy 101 and learn how to make awesome gravy that can be used on these biscuits or in a number of other meals.

Do you make homemade biscuits?  What is your favorite thing to put on them?   (P.S. Jason here…  if you know a good biscuit recipe with freshly ground flour, go ahead and mention that in the comments too…)

 

Country Biscuits
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Ingredients
  1. 2 C white flour (we use organic unbleached- it makes me feel better!)
  2. 1 TB sugar
  3. 1 TB baking powder
  4. 1 tsp sea salt
  5. 1/2 C palm shortening or Crisco
  6. 3/4 C milk
Instructions
  1. Combine dry ingredients. Cut in palm shortening or Crisco until the mixture is crumbly.
  2. Stir in the milk. Use your hands to combine the dough and knead it for 10 strokes. Pat it out into a thick circle.
  3. Use a biscuit cutter to cut out the biscuits. Place cut biscuits on a cookie sheet (I love my baking stones) with sides not touching.
  4. Bake at 450 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until they brown slightly.
Notes
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees before you get started. It takes a bit for the oven to get that hot.
  2. Serve biscuits with butter, jam, jelly, or gravy.
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