Monday, September 7, 2009

Delicious Drop Biscuits -4 Ways

This afternoon the family is getting together for a Labor Day Bar-b-q. I was asked to bring the bread. I immediately thought of these easy to make, simple drop biscuits. I almost always have all of the ingredients on hand. The original recipe is from the Betty Crocker Bridal edition cookbook that my father-in-law gave to me for a wedding present. I've condensed it here.

Drop Biscuits - 4 Ways
2 cups of all purpose flour (I've also used White-Wheat)
1 tablespoon of sugar
3 teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1/2 cup lard (non-hydrogenated) or butter, cold (you can also do half and half lard & butter)
1 cup of milk

Pre-heat oven to 450º.
Pulse all dry ingredients in a food processor. Cut the lard or butter into cubes and add to dry ingredients. Pulse a few more times. Turn on processor and add milk. Do not over mix. The dough will be very sticky. With a large spoon drop about 12-14 biscuits on a cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.

Green Onion & Cheddar Cheese:
Add about 3-4 green onions that have been sliced & about 1/2 cup of grated cheddar cheese when you add the shortening.

Pesto Biscuits:
Decrease lard/butter to 1/3 cup. Decrease salt to 1/2 teaspoon. Add 1/4 cup of pesto when you add the lard/butter. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top before baking if desired.

Olive Biscuits:
Add 1/2 cup chopped olives to original mix.

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