Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Plantation Biscuits and some culture.

Good Lord.....for years and years I could not have made a half decent loaf of bread if my life depended on it. Since last year and with the help of Mary and The Daring Bakers and the new BBB group I've made successful bread again and again. And now, now I'm the sort of girl who goes to the library and takes out books on bread, and then reads them on my lunch breaks! Gotta say, I never saw that coming.

I borrowed Bernard Clayton's Complete Book of Small Breads from the library and have enjoyed reading it. Last Saturday morning I came across a recipe for Plantation Biscuits, a recipe from a plantation on the big island of Hawaii. You could make them in a mixer or by hand. Biscuits in my mixer? I couldn't not make them! They're a snap to put together, and all the ingredients are standard to most kitchens. They were a delicious breakfast with a little peach jam (my current favorite).

Plantation Biscuits
from Bernard Clayton's Complete Book of Small Breads

3/4 cup milk
1 tb vinegar
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
4 tb butter

Half an hour before making the dough, mix the milk with the vinegar and set aside.

Preheat oven to 425' and place rack in the top third.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, sugar, baking soda, and salt. With the flat beater blade, cut the butter into the flour mixture until the mixture has a fine crumb consistency. Stir the floured milk and pour into the flour. Mix only until the dough is lightly blended.

Turn the dough onto a floured work surface and pat into an 8" circle. Cut into 8 wedges and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes.


Not food related -

Found at Fussy, here's scenes from Casablanca, Singin' in the Rain, and The Godfather, as voiced by the cast of Spongebob Squarepants:


MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

I love the name! And they look lovely. I've been meaning to look at that book.

Karen Baking Soda said...

I wish we had easy access to those kind of books in the library, it's all about Jamie, Gordon and Nigella here. Biscuits look very good!

Annie said...

They look scrumptious and with the peach jam how could you go wrong?

Funny clips!

test it comm said...

Biscuits are good for breakfast. Especially fresh from the oven with melting butter.

Cris said...

I love biscuits! And I only got to try them when I lived abroad, here they are getting popular with the blogs and just now...

Sara said...

Tanna, it's a great book. So many things I would have loved to try.

Baking Soda - Those are the books I usually go for, but now that I've gone to the dark side, I'm branching out.

Annie, the peach jam is probably the best jam ever, especially in winter.

Kevin, that is exactly when and how we had them.

Cris, these ones are so easy.

The Cookbook Junkie said...

Those clips were a riot. My son is a HUGE Spongebob fan. At 4, I don't think he would get how funny those clips were but I sure did.

Sara said...

CJ - I love it all, but my favorite is the lady with Patricks voice in the second one. So funny.

Lisa Turner said...

I just adore simple biscuit recipes. I made some sun-dried tomato and basil scones recently that are somewhat similar to this recipe in appearance and technique.