Book characters deserve good food too! Songbird and Song of Return are full of good southern food, and there is one food consistent throughout. Can you guess it? It makes me hungry just thinking about it! That food is homemade buttermilk biscuits. A couple of years ago I gave you three recipes featured in my books that I got from my Grandmother, Granny, and my husband’s MeMaw. I thought it time to give you another.
I grew up eating my Granny’s homemade biscuits, and when I got married, I was determined that I would also be able to make good biscuits. My Granny gave me her recipe, and I tried and failed. The recipe she wrote down didn’t completely work for me. To be fair, my Granny doesn’t make her biscuits from a recipe. She just makes them without thinking or measuring from years and years of practice. I certainly couldn’t do that, so I had to take her recipe, look at other recipes, and figure out what worked for me. After many tries, I did it! This is my recipe. It’s simple and only three ingredients. Maybe it will work for you too!
Laci’s Homemade Biscuits
2 cups White Lily self-rising flour
1 cup buttermilk
¼ cup vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Measure two cups of flour and put into a large bowl. Make a crater in the middle of your flour. Measure and pour 1 cup of buttermilk into the center of your flour. Next, pour ¼ cup vegetable oil in the center with the buttermilk. With a spoon, fold and mix the buttermilk and oil into your flour. The mixture should have a wet consistency. Flour your hands and form the dough into eight balls. Place the balls into an iron skillet. Bake for fifteen minutes. For a prettier and tastier presentation, take a stick of butter and rub it over the tops of each biscuit. My husband's stepmom, Donna Post, recommended that I use White Lily flour for a better biscuit. I switched to White Lily years ago, and it did make my biscuits lighter and yummier. Enjoy!
Read my past blogs for Joyce’s Banana Nut Bread, Gwen’s Chocolate Pie, and Lois’ Peanut Butter Cookies.
“Oh, can I make the biscuits?” Vivie interrupted. “That is one thing I’m good at.”
“I…I suppose.” Victoria’s dark eyebrows arched, and Ava knew her mother was not pleased. She had a certain way she liked her biscuits made, and she had taught Ava precisely how to make them.
“Ava, get her out the flour, lard, buttermilk, and the iron skillet. Then, get to cutting up the potatoes.”
Song of Return, Chapter 1