Sunday, October 12, 2008

And the dog got some too....

The biscuits were acceptable. Not up to Brigid standards, but not bad for a mere mortal.

Breakfast was cheddar biscuits and sweet maple sausage. Thunder got some... spoiled dog that he is. He can stare at a plate with enough intensity to cause spontaneous combustion.

Here's how I made them....and there's not a single measurement in the whole story. Sorry, but that's how I cook most days. Byguess and ByGod as Mom always said...

Start with the oven creeping up to 400
degrees. It needs to be full temperature before shoving these in. Grease a cookie sheet or a biscuit tin, and set it nearby and ready.

In a large bowl, dump in about three cups of four. (This mornings adventure fed three people and a dog, with a few left over). Into the flour, stir a few tablespoons of dried garlic granules, the same again in dried onion flakes, a largish pinch of dried parsley, about ten grinds of black pepper, a large pinch of kosher salt, a scant tablespoon of baking powder, and a scant teaspoon of baking soda.

Next, a small fistful of shredded cheddar cheese. Stir this mess a few times to distribute the goodness well, then start slicing in small dabs of ice cold butter. Every four or six slices, stop and stir the mix again till the butter is well coated and separated. Do this with a whole quarter pound of butter.

Now comes the messy hand work.....

Open a jug of whole milk and have it standing by. Do the same with a bottle of Crystal hot sauce.

By hand, and working quickly, stir the dry mix with your fingers. Squeeze together and break it up, working the butter into smaller chunks as you go. Do it quickly enough that the butter does not melt. When there are no large chunks, you are ready for the liquid.

Make a well in the mix and pour in about a cup of cold milk. Not too much, more can be added later but it's darn hard to take away. Into the milk, splash a good shot of the Crystal hot sauce, and then stir it in with your fingers or a wooden spoon. Widen the stirring to drag in the dry mix, and keep moving till it draws into a ball and sucks up the dry mix into it. Don't over mix... just enough to draw it all together.

Dump the ball onto a greased cutting board and pat it out into a half inch thick sheet thats roughly square. Top with more
shredded cheese. Slice into biscuit sized chunks and line them up on the cookie sheet. Let the biscuits rest while the oven comes to temp.

When the oven is up to temp, bake on a high rack for about 15 minutes, or until they start to brown at the edges.

If yours come out like mine, they crumble in the mouth, and go really well with sausage and eggs.

If the whole thing goes wonky, they still make darn good dog biscuits. Just ask Thunder.

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