Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Magic of a Mrs. Florene Biscuit...

First, you take her magical wooden bowl.  Magic! I tell ya! Flour is sifted and into the bowl it goes.  Next comes the secret ingredient: LARD!  You can only still find it in big red vats at the Piggly Wiggly.  Into this goes full fat buttermilk.  "It has to be full fat," she's said many times. This mixture is gingerly mixed.  "Too much and they will be tough!"  The biscuits are rolled out on wax paper and then gingerly cut - gingerly cut by a tomato paste can with the ends cut off. This makes the perfect bite-size.  All this goes into a 500 degree oven with loving hands - probably the most secret ingredient of all.  The magical biscuits can then be eaten with cheese, preserves, jam, etc.

6 comments:

Irishcoda said...

Mmmm, nothing like old homestyle cooking! They just don't make 'em like that anymore!

Sharyna said...

Is this Helen's recipe? Or Ms. Florene's?

Sharyna said...

Sorry, gotta learn to read better! Ms. Florene willing to share the proportions?

Leann said...

500 degrees....really?? Eat enough of those biscuits and you'll start putting on that much needed weight again.

Lena said...

Saw a show on food network about biscuits from a place down south that talked about a secret ingredient. Now I know what it is.

Peg McGuire said...

If you can't smother it with love, smother it with lard. That's the way my grandmother made biscuits. The tomato paste can form a perfectly formed biscuit. You should post more of Mrs. Florene's recipes. There's a cookbook in there somewhere.