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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Paw-Paw Biscuits

Last night, my husband made a special treat: Paw-Paw biscuits!

Paw-Paw biscuits were the biscuits his grandfather ("Paw-Paw") would make when my husband was a child. In my husband's family, it was customary for the men to learn how to cook since they would be called upon to prepare fresh hunting kills for eating. The women would do the day-to-day cooking, while the men handled the big stuff or special stuff (gator, deer, etc).

While Paw-Paw traditionally made his biscuits from scratch, later on in life as age and sickness got to him, he switched over to premade mixes. In the recipe below, I will be using a premade mix.

Let's get started!

Paw-Paw Biscuits

3 cups of premade biscuit or pancake mix (I recommend Pioneer brand, as that was Paw-Paw's preferred brand and tastes closest to what he actually made)
1 cup of buttermilk

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the mix with buttermilk. Knead the dough until all lumps are gone.

Grease a flat metal sheet (a proper baking sheet or a pizza pan works fine) with lard and plop the dough onto the sheet. Use a pizza cutter to cut the dough in a grid pattern. Place in the oven. Bake for 9 minutes. Coat top of dough with butter and lard, place back in oven for 3 more minutes. Top should be golden.

To serve, cut through the valleys made by the pizza cutter and add a small pat of butter. Enjoy with fried chicken, sausage gravy, or jam.

Note: You can roll the dough flat and use a cup as a cutter if you so choose, but the grid-cut style displayed above was Paw-Paw's signature style.

Enjoy the biscuits!

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