Rosie’s Recipe — Apple or Peach Dumplings

If there’s one meal that can leave me in a culinary rut, it’s breakfast. The traditional American breakfast consists of ham, bacon, or sausage, combined with eggs, pancakes, french toast or waffles, with hash browns, toast or muffins on the side. Or biscuits. There’s nothing quite like a piping hot biscuit, fresh out of the oven. The American biscuit, unlike biscuits in England, is a thick, doughy roll that’s perfect with butter and jam, or topped with gravy. However, this classic recipe, from Rosie’s Riveting Recipes, brings an exciting twist to the everyday breakfast biscuit. Please note that your favorite biscuit recipe would also be suitable for this version.

Enjoy.

GM

 

APPLE OR PEACH DUMPLINGS

  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 cup Bisquick
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 cored or pitted fresh fruit
  • 1 tablespoon jam

Cut shortening into Bisquick. Blend in water. Roll into 12-inch square. Cut into 4 6-inch squares. Place fruit on each square. Fill hollow with jam. Wrap pastry around fruit. Seal well. Bake 20 to 25 minutes in hot oven (450º). Makes 4 servings.

Modern adaptation: If using fresh apples decrease amount of fruit to 1 or 2 apples. If dough is too dry and crumbly add small amounts of water or milk. The biscuit recipe on the side of the Bisquick box can also be used.

Rosie’s Recipe–Buttermilk Biscuits

One of my fondest childhood memories is of my mom or dad baking homemade biscuits on Sunday mornings. Biscuits and gravy were a Sunday morning breakfast staple, and, over time, my older brothers also starting baking homemade biscuits. However, I don’t remember any of them ever reading a recipe, so it must have been a technique that they learn from our parents. Or perhaps some secret family recipe. You never know.

Sadly, for whatever the reason, the recipe was never handed down to me. So, after I moved out, I made my biscuits from the Bisquick box. Don’t get me wrong, Bisquick is a very good product, and the biscuits you make with it are far better than the pre-made biscuits found in the refrigerated section at the grocer. But they were never quite the same as those homemade biscuits mom and dad made from scratch.

So fast forward a few years, (well, maybe more than a few years.) I’m testing recipes for Rosie’s Riveting Recipes, the updated version of Anna’s Kitchen, a historic cookbook I self-published back in 2005. There are about a half-dozen biscuit recipes in Anna’s Kitchen, so what better reason was could there possibly be to recreate those happy childhood memories than by baking a batch of homemade biscuits from scratch. And you know what? They were exactly the same as the ones I grew up with. Aha! The secret family recipe finally revealed.

GM

BUTTERMILK BISCUITS

  • 2 cups flour
  • ½  teaspoon soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • ¾  cup sour milk or buttermilk

Mix and sift dry ingredients. Work in margarine with a fork, add the sour milk gradually to make soft dough. Roll to ½ inch thick, cut, place on baking sheet; bake in moderately hot oven, (400 F) until done and brown. Yields 16 biscuits.

Modern adaptation: To turn plain milk into buttermilk simply place a scant tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice in a measuring cup and fill with milk until it reaches the ¾ mark. Let it sit for 5 minutes before using. Prepare as directed above. Bake for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Yield will vary, depending on the size of the biscuit cutter used.

Rosie’s Recipe — B 1 Biscuits

I grew up eating homemade biscuits, but this historic biscuit recipe is unique and tasty. I would call it a cross between a biscuit and a muffin. The dough has the consistency of muffin dough, but it isn’t sweet like a muffin. I also like the subtle peanut butter flavor. It goes well will bacon and eggs, and tastes great with butter and honey.

Enjoy.

GM

B1 BISCUITS

  • 1½ cups enriched all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ cups oats
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 cup milk

Sift and measure flour. Resift with salt and baking powder. Stir in oats and sugar. Cut in margarine and peanut butter and add milk. Mix very lightly. Fill well-greased muffin pans ½ full. Brush tops with milk. Bake at 450º F for 20-25 minutes. Yield: 12 biscuits.