Susan Spess Shay

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♥ Mama’s Biscuits ♥


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I’m just back from my annual retreat with my Romance Writer Ink sisters. We had a GREAT time (as usual!) The women in the group do most of the cooking while we’re there, and I have to say, we’ve got a great bunch of cooks.

I make a breakfast each year, and I always make the same thing. Biscuits and gravy. I’m always happy to share the how-to, and this year our speaker, the fabulous Jean Brashear,  asked for my recipe. (If you haven’t yet, check out her book, The Goddess of Fried Okra. It’s great!)

So while I was sharing, I thought I’d share here, too.

Mama’s biscuits:

Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees

2 C flour
2 t baking powder
½ t baking soda
½ t salt

Mix the dry ingredients, then add enough buttermilk to make a sticky dough—about 1 cup.

Flour a pastry board, dump the dough onto it and knead lightly until just manageable.

Pat out dough (you can use a rolling-pin, but Mama never did) until it’s about an inch thick.

Cut out biscuits.

Put enough oil in your biscuit pan to cover the bottom well. Heat the oil in the oven until very warm. One at a time, turn biscuits over in hot oil and scoot to the edge until all the biscuits are in the pan. Bake at 450 for twenty or twenty-five minutes or until the biscuits are golden brown.

Easy-peasy, huh?

I gave the recipe to a friend once, who came back and said, “You left something out. Don’t you put oil or fat or something in the biscuits?”

“No. You don’t. The oil or fat is in the pan.”

“I’ve never heard of any kind of bread without fat in it.” She had I-think-you’re-wrong look on her face. “Neither has my mom.”

I called my mother to see if I’d been making them wrong for fifteen years, but she assured me it was the way her mama taught her.

I told Marilyn Pappano, who had the pleasure of living several places in the south while her husband was in the navy, about that once. She said she’d seen them made that way many times when she lived there, and since Grandma Reeves was born on the Delta (Mississippi Delta) that makes sense.

What recipe do you make when you’re cooking for a crowd?

Author: Susan Shay

For as long as I can remember, I've loved two things--reading and people--and that led me to become a writer. Many of my stories are set in Small Town Worlds. I'm a wife, mother, sibling and an aunt. I have a deep faith in God, and an exciting life in Christ. Maybe I shouldn't be (after all, he's God!) but I'm constantly amazed at the things He's up to. :)

12 thoughts on “♥ Mama’s Biscuits ♥

  1. I suppose you know I just stole this recipe and will experiment tomorrow morning. 🙂

  2. Yummy! I will try this recipe tomorrow morning too! My daughter’s wedding went beautifully! The weather was windy but it did not rain and the wedding was outside in our back yard. All that work in beautifying our yard paid off. The wedding vows were so touching. They made their own and Justin (groom) (now son-in-law) cried as he read his. Pretty awesome! Our God is so awesome. He allowed us this perfect day. I got up before sunrise and did a few things in the yard and took photos of the empty chairs under the patio. Then I photographed the sunrise from the patio. All the prayers for our daughter were coming to pass. Their little family was united in holy matrimony. I give God praise for that!

    • Oh, Terri,
      How beautiful! I feel as if I just did my morning quiet time.
      There’s never a more beautiful wedding than when it has the Lord at its center.
      Thank you so much for sharing your daughter’s wedding day with us.
      I’m so thankful for friends like you! Will you be posting pictures?

  3. Thanks for my new best and easy biscuit recipe. Judy and I are setting here with window open and cool breeze blowing across our biscuits as we devour them.

  4. I haven’t had Mama’s biscuits in a very long time. Guess I will break down one of these days and make them.
    Glad you are home.

  5. The fat is in the “butter” milk:)
    This is exactly the way my grandmothers and mother made biscuits.

    • I always knew you were good people!
      You’re the only person (besides Marilyn) who ever heard of making biscuits that way.
      So how do you like your biscuits–with honey, apple butter or just gravy? 😉

  6. Mmm–gotta make these! My kids & grandkids love biscuits with chocolate gravy, too–a bit of Heaven here on earth 😉

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