Wednesday, July 18, 2018

I Strayed from my Beloved Biscuit Recipe

 I have used the very same recipe for biscuits
for years and years...
the recipe came from watching Mr. Sweet's mama make them.

She never measured ANYthing so I had to pay attention and guess at the amounts....
but I finally got those biscuits coming out of a hot oven
down to a SCIENCE....
they are soooo tender...
and light....
and tasty...






Baking in a heavy cast iron skillet makes the bottoms of the biscuits crispy and sooo delicious.

and one day, our beautiful and funny blogging buddy,
DIANA
showed me how to make....
hold your breath...
you better sit down for this...
CHOCOLATE GRAVY.

CHOCOLATE GRAVY
1/3 stick butter
2/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa
2 cups whole milk   
                                       
Heat butter in a cast iron skillet over low heat. Mix in sugar, flour and cocoa. Slowly pour 1 cup of milk into the skillet and whisk well to remove lumps. Whisk in remaining milk, stirring constantly, until mixture is thick, being careful not to scorch. Serve hot over biscuits. 
♥ ♥ ♥

 The first time I took a bite of this HEAVENLY stuff
served with a hot, homemade biscuit,
the Heaven opened up,
the Heavenly Choir opened their sweet little mouths
and

OK, so you ask,
"if YOUR biscuit recipe is so dang good, then....
WHY did you stray ????

We all know JOANNA from Waco, Texas
that owns MAGNOLIA PLATE...
her new restaurant.

Well, she has world famous biscuits served there.
and a magazine

printed out a recipe that is supposed to be VERY close to Joanna's.
SOOO,
of course, I HAD to try it.
I even made a special trip to the store for ingredients I didn't have...





like, self rising flour....

buttermilk...
which, without BUTTERMILK,
a biscuit is just a biscuit....


EGG ????
in a BISCUIT recipe..???
ok.....



and butter...
lots and lots of butter...

Instructions said to use a pan (not a cast iron skillet ..Boo...Hiss)
and place the biscuits touching each other...

I still am not sure where I went wrong.
I THOUGHT I followed the recipe very carefully.
However...
my biscuits were NOT light and fluffy...
nor did they rise enuf.
They were actually very tough and not much flavor...


Maybe...
just maybe if I had made
CHOCOLATE GRAVY
to go with them,
I would have been a whole lot happier....

So for those of you that say,
"OOO, you NEVER have a biscuit flop,
t'ain't  so !!

I'm just about to go make some of MY biscuits ...with a little gravy...
CHOCOLATE GRAVY, that is.....😍

 

23 comments:

  1. BJ, I think any biscuit is good with chocolate gravy. My aunt Helen made the best . My mom would try it but it just was not as good. I bet yours is good too, knowing how you like to cook. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  2. Don’t know about chocolate gravy, first I have heard of it . . .
    I know if you’re making biscuits bj . . . they will be the best.
    Cast iron skillet sounds perfect too!
    What time is breakfast??


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  3. Sweetie, you just can’t mess with perfection! I still use my usual biscuit recipe, but I tweaked it as per your directions...a little extra milk made all the difference. I have been intrigued by that chocolate gravy of Diana’s...

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  4. Enjoy your biscuits and chocolate gravy. Have a blessed evening. Madeline


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  5. So sorry that your biscuits didn't turn out. I have an egg in my biscuit recipe as well.

    Chocolate makes everything taste better.

    God bless.

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  6. Not sure where you went wrong. Maybe the extra butter made them too heavy? I cant make bisquits unless its with bisquik but Like Jackie said “Chocolate makes everything tastes better”.
    I still havn’t tried making your chocolate gravy. Im skeerd too. I’m afraid ill eat it all.
    Lisa

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  8. Those biscuits look delicious, nothing better than a piping hot biscuit with melty butter and/or jelly/jam, personally I love my biscuits with good old fashioned gravy! My Ma-Maw made the best. I never got the hang of gravy, but I practiced til I can now make good biscuits, mine get BUTTERMILK, ICE COLD GRATED BUTTER CUT IN, WHITE LILY FLOUR. No eggs, never saw eggs go in.

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  9. Funny how some cooks can not measure and get it right every time

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  10. well you tried something new, its always fun to experiment but your biscuits do look amazing and I do think it takes a special hand to make them well, I have never made a biscuit with an egg, but I remember when Diana posted that chocolate gravy recipe, oh yes I do, I sill have it lol, it is the bomb!!You've mad me hungry,

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  11. LOL- Oh you girl! Too bad your biscuits didn't turn out out like you had hoped.That is always disappointing.
    Thanks for the shout-out. I think that Chocolate Gravy blog post was my most viewed post ever. LOL Who knew? Have a wonderful Thursday. I am out the door to work here. xo Diana

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  12. Oh well, you tried! With those ingredients, I don't see what could go wrong but maybe it was the pan. You made it look good!

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  13. YUMMILICIOUS! I just can't make biscuits, my Mama made the best ones ever! Perhaps I should give it a try again:) Enjoy your day dear B.J. HUGS!

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  14. Oh BJ, I will never be able to eat a good biscuit from now on without thinking that I am hearing angels singing. This post is a keeper! I loved it. Love to you my bright hearted friend! xxx Jackie

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  15. My mother always tells me to check my baking powder or soda - they don't hold their strength very long. I can remember her making daily biscuits - she used a ball jar to cut them into circles. We enjoyed them with gravy she made out of bacon drippings. Just like heaven!!

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  16. Well sir, I have never heard of chocolate gravy on biscuits! My granny made the best homemade biscuits ever and also made them in her iron skillet fry pan in which I now own. She would roll those babies round and place those knuckle prints on them. Made it look so easy. My sister can make them just like her. ME? Well, mine also taste good but never looked like my granny's. I am gonna have to try that chocolate gravy! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  17. You lost me at the photo of the teakettle! My sweetheart bought me the same one for our new, big travel trailer. Biscuits would be nice with a cup of tea, too.
    ~Adrienne~

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  18. Chocolate Gravy! I bet it would be good on many things!

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  19. Oh dear me, bj, I'm so sorry that Joanna's biscuits were a flop! My late Beloved used to wonder why I'd try a new recipe, when he thought the one I had been using was the best. I guess we're always looking for something better, but we already have it.

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  20. lol I was looking at the picture and thinking hmmmm that looks like chocolate. What the heck????! First, stick with your biscuit recipe. You know her REAL recipe will never be available. Yours look wonderful. Ok... how can I NOT try biscuits and chocolate gravy???

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  21. So true. You have the perfect thing and think another might be even better and no! Well, at least you tried. And oh, the gravy! YUM!

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  22. Usually it if "aint broke, don't fix it" - But atleast you tried something new. Now the chocolate gravy sounds yummy.

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  23. I love that you shared this post. Not all stuff works but dang, it's great to give different things a go!

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Your comments just make my day....thanks so much!
xo bj