The Elusive perfect biscuit recipe
Forgive me if I've posted this in the wrong place or category. I was taking a break from a sewing project this morning and was reading an older discussion regarding real southern biscuits that mentioned the Loveless Cafe.( I had never heard of it nor seen any of the videos of the famous Carol). After I created an account I was unable to reply to the original of that thread so maybe it's closed. -- Anyway, I also have tried for years to make the perfect biscuit to no avail.
Just for fun, I went to the Gutenberg Project and did a quick offhand search and this caught my eye. It's from a cookbook named "The White House Cookbook from 1887" or something like that. Here is an excerpt from page 210:RAISED BISCUIT.
Sift two quarts of flour in a mixing-pan, make a hole in the middle of
the flour, pour into this one pint of warm water or new milk, one
teaspoonful of salt, half a cup of melted lard or butter, stir in a
little flour, then add half a cupful of yeast, after which stir in as
much flour as you can conveniently with your hand, let it rise over
night; in the morning add nearly a teaspoonful of soda, and more flour
as is needed to make a rather soft dough; then mold fifteen to twenty
minutes, the longer the better; let it rise until light again, roll
this out about half an inch thick and cut out with a biscuit-cutter,
or make it into little balls with your hands; cover and set in a warm
place to rise. When light, bake a light brown in a moderate oven. Rub
a little warm butter or sweet lard on the sides of the biscuits when
you place them on the tins, to prevent their sticking together when