biscuits can wake the dead

Monday, March 06, 2017

It was 5 am.   A child is stirring.

Seriously?  Seriously!

It's the weekend.  How do kids miss this memo.  This is the one day of the week that I really have minimal responsibility.  All I'm in charge of is keeping my family happy and alive. Totally doable!  I don't have to take kids to sports or to school.  I have done all of my grocery shopping and weekend meal planning and prep so everything is supposed to be on auto pilot.

But let me get to the best part of this 5 am wake up call.....  Their father doesn't move.  Should I check his pulse?  Okay, check he has one.  The man is playing like he is asleep.

Seriously?  Seriously!

Yes, seriously.  I tried to move him.  Tried to negotiate, barter, beg anything so I can be the one to stay in bed.  But you guessed it.  He still plays asleep.

Now, before D gets mad at me for all of these unflattering words about him, he is a wonderful Daddy.  Just the wonderful part of that Daddy isn't on display at 5 am.

So I get up.  I take the troops far away from their sleeping father.  Yes, he owes me!  
I ask my preschooler what he wants for breakfast.
His response...  'Biscuits with Bacon.'

Seriously?  Seriously!  Did he miss the memo that it is 5 am.  Simply spoiled.   

But I went with it. I figured the smell of fresh baked biscuits and sizzling bacon would be my best hope to get Daddy dearest out of bed.  Well that and a biscuit sounded pretty great to me as well.  

So I made the child some biscuits.  Created a biscuit sized mess in the kitchen. Because that is what biscuits do.  And when the child sat down to eat them he asked for pancakes.   But at least they got the Daddy out of bed.

Wake the Dead Biscuits 
Recipe adapted from Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook

2 1/2 cups self-rising* flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 stick cold butter - diced
2 tablespoons shortening
2 cups buttermilk
2 tablespoons butter, melted (for brushing)

Preheat oven to 450.  
Whisk together self-rising flour, salt, and sugar.  Add cold butter and shortening, work it in quickly with a pastry blender or your fingertips.  

Make a well in your flour mixture and add buttermilk.   Mix it by hand or a rubber spatuula.  Fair warning, the dough will be very sticky.  

Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface. Work the dough, then gently fold the top third of the dough over to the center, and repeat this over and over. (8-10 times should do the trick) If layers are too sticky sprinkle flour before folding. You are prepping your dough for baking into beautiful layers here!   Do not skip this.  It is so worth it.  

Roll your dough out until it is about 3/4 inch thick.  Dip a 3 inch biscuit cutter in flour and punch out the biscuits.  Do not twist the cutter because the twisting motion will seal your layers.   

Place the biscuits on a baking sheet so they touch.  Lightly brush the tops of the biscuits with the melted butter.  

Bake for 18-20 minutes. 

*Make sure you use self-rising.  Another day, another time, I'll tell you the story of 5am biscuit making when and I grabbed the wrong flour.  Worst. Morning. Ever!

This recipe is from Back in the Day Bakery Made with Love Cookbook.  It is my all time favorite cookbook.  Well it ties with the Day's other cookbook.  If you don't have it, buy it.  Seriously.  All of the recipes are so very doable for the home cook.  Most of the recipes (sweets mainly!) are just slightly updated versions Southern staples - Coke Cake, Hummingbird Cake, Lane Cake, biscuits etc...  How can you go wrong with that?  I use these books just about every week, the ingredient splatters on the pages show it!    

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