Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wood Stove Biscuits

No burn spots! Hey... I'm getting really good at this wood stove biscuit making project.

This time I heated the lid and the dutch oven on the stove before oiling it and before I added my made from scratch biscuit dough.

I'm still using the biscuit recipe from my 1965 Better Homes And Gardens cookbook.

Baking Powder Biscuits
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour 
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 2/3 to 3/4 cup milk (1 cup milk for drop biscuits) (this time I used over a cup of milk... until the mix was wet and too sticky to pick up.)

In those days I used Crisco. Now, I'm so bad... I use butter! My favorite biscuits are Buttermilk biscuits. I know I can make a buttermilk subsitute by adding vinegar or lemon juice to milk, but I always forget.

Adding a bit more milk to the mix was a good move. It helped keep the biscuits from becoming too dry as they cooked in the dutch oven on top of the wood stove. Dropping the wet mix by spoonfuls into the hot oiled dutch oven worked better than rolling out the biscuit mix and cutting out biscuits. I like to do the rolling and cutting... fun... but, they don't come out as tender and flaky.

Every time I make biscuits I discover a new wrinkle. This time adding the extra milk and making sure the dutch oven was set up about an inch and a half on a rack worked great to control the temperature and keep the biscuits from getting too brown (burned.)

I'm glad the weather has turned cold
and the wood stove is back in operation.
Missed it! 

November Thankful Quote

The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you
to enter the house of his wisdom
but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.
~ Kahil Gilbran

I'm grateful for all the wonderful teachers I have known.

I think the way this university professor has handled cheating
on the midterm a great move for the guilty students.
He gave them an out...
Professor Richard Quinn must be an extraordinary teacher.
Students don't realize their lives can be
because of some stupid choice.

In my day the students would have been given the boot. I remember a sweet girl who was kicked out of college because of staying out of her dorm and getting someone to cover for her (I think she was kicked out too.) That was a big no-no in the 60's I still wonder what happened to them.

Today's riddle: I am every person you can know and every place that you can go. I'm everything that you can show. Quite interesting too. What am I that you use?

The answer to yesterday's riddle: A chair. 

(November 17, 2009)

[1 egg today]



Flat Creek Farm said...

Great job on the biscuits! In fact, I really enjoyed the entire post :) Makes me wish for our old indoor woodstove. I never made anything more exciting than brewed tea (for iced tea) on it - at least that I can recall ;) Thanks for sharing! -Tammy

JoyceAnn said...

Oh Callie , those biscuits look so yummy. I'm going to try your recipe soon.

Would the answer to the riddle be a camera ?

~ Autumn Blessings ~

JoyceAnn said...

Oh Callie , those biscuits look so yummy. I'm going to try your recipe soon.

Would the answer to the riddle be a camera ?

~ Autumn Blessings ~

lisa said...

I love my cast iron, Callie, we went antiquing Saturday and I bought 4 more pieces and now you can't even see the top of my wood cook stove! You are getting to get pretty good with those biscuits! Have a good day.

Hopeful said...

sounds delicious and wonderful for a winter morning! all i need now is a wood burner and a dutch oven, ha ha! glad you got one egg...

Lynda said...

Loved this post. It's cold this a.m. down here in the Valley and I understand we have a very cold storm coming this weekend...I'm going to try out some cast iron cooking myself...thanks for the post!

Little Messy Missy said...


Janet said...

umm ! just fancy a biscuit now and a cuppa-will have to try that recipe out for myself !

DayPhoto said...

I think butter is ever so much better. YUMMM