Category Archives: Flour

Buttermilk Biscuits

This post was originally posted in January of 2011.  I did not have a picture of the biscuits on this post.  So I’m reposting this blog with a picture.

buttermilk biscuits

I made these for our family’s New Year’s Dinner.  Everyone loved them because they are tasty.  Tonight I was asked to bring the bread for our Sunday dinner.  I was torn between making Easy Rolls, breadmachine rolls (haven’t posted this yet), or the buttermilk biscuits.  I let the Wee One and Imaginative One be the deciding factor.  They told me they wanted the biscuits.  So that’s what we are having.

Buttermilk Biscuits
Southern Plate

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1/2 cup cold butter or margarine (1 stick)
  • 2 1/4 c self rising flour (store bought or homemade)
  • 1 1/4 c buttermilk (or whole milk with a tablespoon of lemon juice added)
  • flour for dusting
  • melted butter for brushing baked biscuits

Steps:

  1. Cut butter with a  into 1/4-inch-thick slices.Put butter slices on top of flour in a large bowl. Cut butter into flour with a long tined fork until crumbly.
  2.  Cover and chill 10 minutes. Add buttermilk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.
  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead 3 or 4 times, gradually adding additional flour as needed. With floured hands, press or pat dough into a 3/4-inch-thick rectangle (about 9 x 5 inches). Sprinkle top of dough with additional flour.
  4.  Fold dough over into itself, like you are folding a piece of paper into a letter, in three sections. Repeat entire process 2 more times, beginning with pressing into a 3/4-inch-thick dough rectangle (about 9 x 5 inches).
  5.  Press or pat dough to 1/2-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface; cut with a 2-inch round cutter, and place, side by side, on a parchment paper-lined or lightly greased  cookie sheet. Try to make sure they touch because this will help them rise higher.
  6. Bake at 450° for 13 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven; brush with 2 Tbsp. melted butter.

Happy Eating,
Traci

DIY – Self Rising Flour

On Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, I decided to make biscuits to go along with our supper of split pea soup.  The problem was I did not have any fresh self rising flour.  I decided to make my own self rising flour.

It’s so easy to make the flour.  Why waste the money of buying self rising flour when you can make your own?

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DIY – Self Rising Flour

Add a Pinch

Stars of the Recipe:

  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Steps:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Whisk to combine.
  3. Use in place of self-rising flour in recipes that require self rising flour.

Makes 1 cup of self-rising flour.

 

“Chef Paul’s World Famous Pancakes” or Wee One’s New Favorite Pancakes

Disclaimer:  I don’t know Paul.  He attended the same church my grandma did back in 1994 but that’s all I know.

In 2007, my grandma fell and broke her leg.  Since she had to go live in a nursing home, we had to clear out her house.  That was a somber and tedious task.  I ended inheriting some of her cookbooks.  One was from the church she was a member of.  I ended up putting the cookbooks in her the bench I also inherited from her.  When I finally did pull the cookbook out, I was pleasantly surprised.  On some of the pages were notes about the contributors of the cookbook.  It was so nice to see her handwriting once again.

This summer I once again pursued the book and found this recipe for pancakes.  I made them for Imaginative One’s 12th birthday.  (When did he get so old??)  They loved the pancakes.

When I made the recipe again, Wee One ate 8 of the pancakes.  I think he approved of the recipe.  He also told me how good they were. Onto the delicious recipe:

World Famous Pancakes

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Stars of the recipe:

  • 2 c. all purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 2 lrg. eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. oil
  • 2 c. whole milk

Steps:

  1. Heat up the griddle to 400 degrees or medium high heat.
  2. Grease the griddle with vegetable oil or butter.
  3. Sift flour, baking powder, and sugar together in a large bowl.
  4. In another bowl, beat the eggs, oil, and milk until well blended.
  5. Add liquids to the dry ingredients.  Mix until creamy with little lumps.
  6. Ladle the batter onto the griddle using a ladle or 1/4 c. measuring cup.
  7. Cook until bubbles form and edges look dry.
  8. Flip and cook for a minute more.
  9. Enjoy!!!!

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Homemade Pizza Crust

In the last week, we’ve had homemade pizza twice.  Last Sunday I made a pizza for our Sunday night dinner at my mother-in-law’s house.  We then had it for supper on Saturday night.  I tried two new crust recipes and enjoyed the second one.  In fact, Hubby told me that the pizza was great on Saturday night.  Coming from a man who works in the pizza business that is a compliment.

The only problem with having homemade pizza is the Imaginative One does not like pizza.  He likes a few kinds but overall will not eat pizza at all.  He is allowed to eat something else for dinner when we have pizza.  It’s usually a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

The Wee One loves pizza and could have it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if allowed.  We had gone to the Home Depot for a DIY project for the kids earlier on Saturday.  They gave him an apron to wear when he’s doing projects.  He’s decided it’s his cooking apron.  He put it on to help me put the sauce, pepperoni, and cheese on the pizza.  We had strawberries for dessert and he put on the apron to help me prepare the strawberries.

While the pizza was baking, he watched the timer and would give me updates that were usually “2 minutes until 7 minutes.”  So cute and funny!

Onto the recipe:

Pizza Crust

Brown Sugar Toast

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That’s the Wee One’s hand – He was fake cutting the pizza.

Stars of the Recipe:

  • 1 c. warm water (105 -115 degrees)
  • 1 Tbsp. active dry yeast
  • 2-1/2 c. flour
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar

Steps:

  1. Make sure the water is 105 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit so the yeast can dissolve.  Add the yeast to the water.
  2. After the yeast is dissolved, add the rest of the ingredients to your mixing bowl.
  3. Using either your mixer or with a spoon, mix the ingredients.
  4. Knead your dough either using a mixer or with your hands on a clean floured surface for about 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. Place dough in greased bowl covered with a damp towel.  Allow it to rise in a warm place.  (This is the first time I’ve tried using my oven.  Turn it onto the lowest temperature.  Mine was 170 degrees.  Then turn it off and allow the dough to rise for 30 to 45 minutes.
  6. Spread out on a cooking pan or pizza stone.  Top with sauce and your favorite toppings.
  7. Bake at 450 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!

If you don’t have enough time you can do steps 1 through 4.  Skip step 5.  Then do steps 6 – 8.

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