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Monday, January 3, 2011

Homemade Biscuits

After I learned to make homemade biscuits, I thought I had arrived as a cook!  My husband, Phillip, wanted me to learn to make "cat-head" biscuits like his Mother made. ("Cat-head" is a Southern term for biscuits the size of a cat's head!)  My mother-in-law always kept a flour bowl in her kitchen cabinet.  It was a large glass mixing bowl with flour and a sifter in it at all times.  She covered it with aluminum foil.  When she got ready to make biscuits, she just took the flour bowl out of her cabinet and made a well or hole in the center of the flour.  She added her Crisco shortening and buttermilk and worked the flour until she got the consistency that she wanted.  She did not have a recipe, so she estimated the amounts of her ingredients.  I took her estimates and worked with them until I could make the "cat-head" biscuits that my husband loves.

                                                    Homemade Biscuits

4 cups of Martha White self-rising flour
1 l/2 cups of Crisco shortening
2 cups of buttermilk

Melt 2 Tbsp. of shortening in a large iron skillet.  Sift flour in a large bowl.  Make a well or hole in the center of the flour.  Add shortening and buttermilk.  Use your hands to mix all together.  Pinch off a Tbsp. of dough.  Place into floured hands.  Roll the dough in your floured hands in the shape of a ball and until the dough is smooth.  Place in skillet.  After all of the biscuits have been added to the iron skillet, pat the biscuits down gently.  Your iron skillet will be full of biscuits.   Top each biscuit with a small amount of shortening.

Bake at 400 degrees for 23 min. or until golden brown.  Remove the iron skillet from the oven.  My skillet is quite heavy, so Phillip usually inverts the biscuits onto a plate for me.

Pioneer Country Gravy Mix is delicious with the biscuits as well as butter and homemade blackberry jelly made with blackberries from our fruit orchard.  In the winter, it was always a treat for Mrs. Herring's children and grandchildren to get an invite for a supper of homemade biscuits, tomato gravy, and ham.

Iron skillets can always be found at Cracker Barrel.  Another great source in our area is Porter Hardware in downtown Dothan, AL


  1. I love homemade biscuits but have never been able to make them. Thanks for the recipe, Dianne. I can't wait to try them and see what you have for tomorrow!

  2. AAAH I wanted to be the first to post a comment on your new blog, but the biscuit post wasn't up when I checked early this morning. oh well, love your biscuits, and love the recipe. but I love you making me the biscuits from your recipe the best!!! GREAT blog. looking forward to the next one!!

  3. I Love this Blog. I am waiting on the cookbook to come out. I will be your first customer. Or better yet the restaurant!

  4. This is a great blog and wonderful recipes! Keep them coming and good luck! Congratulations.