Baking biscuits makes me feel like a true homemaker (even if I do work.) It makes me want to pour a glass of sweet sun tea and say things like “hey y’all” and “bless your heart!” Which in my southeastern Massachusetts, combo-of-Boston-and-Rhode Island accent sounds truly ridiculous.
Recently, I learned how to make a really awesome biscuit. We rendered a few quarts of lard awhile ago (more on that someday) and I fully believe that lard is the secret to amazing baked goods, and to happiness in general. I know the name lard is really gross sounding…maybe lard needs a rebranding campaign. How about…pig butter? That actually sounds worse. Any thoughts on new names for lard?
I recently learned about the benefits of using lard from real food blog 100 Days of Real Food. She has a ton of great info there about eating unprocessed foods.
These biscuits go wonderfully with just about anything. You can use them for breakfast, lunch or dinner…even dessert! (strawberry shortcake, anyone?)
Annemarie’s Awesome Biscuit Recipe
1 cup of whole wheat flour (what, haven’t you heard that white flour is the devil??)
1 cup bread flour (don’t forget you can order flour from Wood Prairie Farm in Maine)
1 cup milk, buttermilk is even better
1/2 cup lard, very cold
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
The secret to good biscuits is cold, cold ingredients. Very cold lard and milk will make for biscuits with lots of crumbly texture. If it’s hot in your kitchen, don’t even bother with this recipe.