Monday, October 10, 2011

Cowboy Biscuits

 I love these biscuits! 
They have the bragging rights of a yeast roll 
with the convenience of a biscuit. 

I love these biscuits! They have the bragging rights of a yeast roll with the time convenience of a biscuit. 

This recipe came from an old church recipe book and was submitted by a famous and formidable woman known in the community for her fierce loyalty to family, and outspoken nature.  She was tough as nails!
Don't worry the biscuits are not:)

Once you have a good dough you can make any variety of delicious temptations. 
I never make biscuits unless I am catering a retreat, or having company.
Some of us can't resist such a temptation:)

The possibilities are endless, but first the basic recipe:

Cowboy Biscuits
1pkg yeast
1 cup warm water
2 cups buttermilk
3/4 cup oil
1/4 cup sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
6 cups flour

Dissolve yeast in warm water
This always makes me nervous-if the water is too warm it kills the yeast.
 If the water is too cool the yeast won't be activated. So make your best guess:)

Add sugar, oil and buttermilk
Yeast loves sugar so that goes in first! I keep buttermilk powder on hand for baking.

Combine flour, soda, baking powder, & salt
Honestly with the yeast, soda, and baking powder if these things don't rise......
it is not the recipe's fault!
Tip for flour-don't dip the measuring cup into the flour container, it packs the flour. 
Spoon the flour into the measuring cup for lighter biscuits.
The dough will be a bit sticky so you can be generous with the flour as you roll the dough and cut the biscuits.

*The beauty of these biscuits is no time spent waiting for the dough to rise!

Bake about 25 minutes at 350*
I set my timer for 20 minutes and usually declare them perfect.

Biscuits and Country gravy with bacon bits

I often cheat and use the Pioneer Country gravy mix and add real bacon bits. Don't tell my brother, he is a master gravy maker... ALWAYS from scratch!

Ham & Cheese Roll Ups

Once you roll the dough anything can be sprinkled on top!
Here is mesquite ham and cheddar cheese.
Carefully roll the dough into a log and slice into pieces with a sharp knife.

My sister converted me to baking stones-they are wonderful!
Serve warm with a bit of honey for dipping or a side of raspberry jam for a "Monte Cristo" taste.

Cinnamon Rolls

I divided one batch of dough and made half with ham & cheese and half as cinnamon rolls. Melt 1/2 stick of butter and decorate the dough with brown sugar and cinnamon:)

If you could resist such a beautiful creation please call me personally! My icing is never the same twice. I overloaded this batch with vanilla for a rich flavor. I usually start with 1/2 stick of melted butter, 1-2 cups of powdered sugar and 1-2 Tablespoons of milk, and always vanilla...sometimes 1 teaspoon and sometimes 3:)

If it is true that the way to a man's heart is food, then these biscuits should be at the top of your recipe priority list:)

I would add that such culinary creations also make you the most popular mother on the least until they are gone!

Enjoy these related posts!

Nellie's magical biscuit bowl

San Jacinto Biscuits

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