Granny’s Homemade Biscuits

When Hubby and I first got married one of the things that he wanted me to cook for him was homemade biscuits. I had never made biscuits before, as far as I was concerned biscuits were something that you bought at the store in a can. However that just wasn’t the same for Hubby. In fact he told me that he knew how to make biscuits and when I learned how to make biscuits for him then he would make his biscuits for me.

Learning how to make biscuits from scratch was a struggle for me. I used Bisquick and several package mixes but they always came out heavy and hard as rocks. I got really discouraged and gave up, Hubby had to settle for 2nd best with frozen biscuits.

Then in early 2002 I was able to quit work and become a stay at home wife. With the realization that I had way to much time on my hands; I found that I needed to find something to do to occupy not only my hands but my mind too. That’s when I discovered that I really didn’t hate cooking as much as I always had thought I had.

One of the first things that I “tackled” was once again trying to learn how to make biscuits. I had the internet as a resource for finding the perfect recipe. What I discovered was that there wasn’t a perfect recipe, at least not one that was exactly what I was looking for. It did however give me a starting point to refine and define my own recipe. It’s taken me several years of trial and error but I finally came up with what Hubby and my grandchildren think are biscuits as good as any they have ever eaten. Oh, and as for Hubby making me biscuits, he didn’t know how to make them, that was just the ploy he used to goad me into learning how to make them….men, you can’t live with them and you can’t cut them up and use them as fish bait.

This recipe can be doubled but it is really hard to work with when doubled because of the size of the dough ball is really hard to knead; but it does freeze well. I’ve added the directions for freezing at the end of the recipe.

Granny’s Homemade Biscuits

2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine
3/4 cup milk

Combine all dry ingredient and blend well with whisk. Cut in butter until resembles coarse bread crumbs. Stir in milk until all comes together to form a dough ball. Turn out dough ball onto a heavily floured surface (I use wax paper). Let set for a couple of minutes and then knead for about a minute and then re-flour surface and pat out to about 1/2″ thick. Cut biscuits with floured biscuit cutter and place into ungreased baking pan. Form remaining dough into ball and repeat until all dough made into biscuits. This recipe will make approximately 12 biscuits. Bake in 425-450 degree oven for 12-15 minutes. This recipe freeze well too. Just place your cut biscuits onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper or parchment paper and place cookie sheet into freeze making sure to keep level. Once frozen remove and place into a freezer bag and place into freezer. When ready to use just follow baking directions and bake only the amount that you need, you do not have to bake all of them at one time.

Happy eatin’!

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