Nothing Says Comfort Like A Southern Biscuit
Southern Biscuits features recipes and baking secrets for every biscuit imaginable, including hassle-free easy biscuits to embellished biscuits laced with silky goat butter, crunchy pecans, or tangy pimento cheese.
The traditional biscuits in this book encompass a number of types, from beaten biscuits of the Old South and England, to Angel Biscuits—a yeast biscuit sturdy enough to split and fill but light enough to melt in your mouth. Filled with beautiful photography, including dozens of how-to photos showing how to mix, stir, fold, roll, and knead, Southern Biscuits is the definitive biscuit baking book.
Nathalie Dupree has written or coauthored many cookbooks, including the James Beard award winner Nathalie Dupree’s Southern Memories and Shrimp and Grits.
She has appeared on more than 300 television shows and specials, which have shown nationally on PBS, The Learning Channel, and The Food Network. Dupree holds an Advanced Certificate from the Cordon Bleu and has also written extensively for magazines and newspapers. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina.
Cynthia Stevens Graubart is an author and former television producer who began her culinary television production career with New Southern Cooking with Nathalie Dupree in 1985. She is the author of The One-Armed Cook, called the culinary version of What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Cynthia and her husband, Cliff, live in Atlanta, Georgia.
Homemade Refrigerator Biscuit Mix
Makes 10 cups
If making several batches of biscuits a month, or one biscuit at a time, make a flour-and-fat base mixture to add the milk to at a later time. It will keep several months in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator. Combine one part milk or buttermilk with two parts mix for any quantity of biscuits from 4 to 40! Once again, more salt and baking powder are added. This dough can also be used in making coffee cakes, pancakes, waffles, and the like.
10 cups self-rising flour
3 teaspoons salt
5 teaspoons cream of tartar
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 cups chilled shortening, lard, or butter,
roughly cut into 1/2-inch pieces
Fork-sift or whisk the flour, salt, cream of tartar, and baking powder in a very large bowl. Scatter the shortening over the flour and work in by rubbing fingers with the shortening and flour as if snapping thumb and fingers together (or use two forks or knives, or a pastry cutter) until the mixture looks like well-crumbled feta cheese, with no piece larger than a pea.
Shake the bowl occasionally to allow the larger pieces of fat to bounce to the top of the flour, revealing the largest lumps that still need rubbing.
Store the mix in the refrigerator in an airtight container until ready to use.
by Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart (Gibbs-Smith, $21.99). We can’t think of a better or more definitive source for such a worthy undertaking. (Bonnie S Benwick Washington Post.com 2011-12-13)
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Layered, fluffy, feathery, silky, soft, and velvety biscuits all come together in Southern Biscuits, a book of recipes and baking secrets for every biscuit imaginable. Southern Biscuits features easy biscuits that are hassle-free and undemanding to make, as well as embellished biscuits laced with silky goat butter, crunchy pecans, or tangy pimento cheese, and everything in between. The biscuits in this book encompass a number of types, from the beaten biscuits of the Old South and England, to biscuits reminiscent of Sunday Supper, to modern trends and ingredient combinations. Try Angel Biscuits―a yeast biscuit sturdy enough to split and fill but light enough to melt in the mouth; Carolina Biscuits―flaky little bites made with cream cheese; or Chocolate Soldiers―mixed with cocoa powder and sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar. You will find biscuits for every occasion, from hearty breakfasts to delicate party hors d’oeuvres. Filled with beautiful photography, including dozens of how-to photos showing how to mix, stir, fold, roll, and knead, Southern Biscuits is the definitive biscuit baking book. Nathalie Dupree has written or coauthored many cookbooks, including the James Beard Award–winners Nathalie Dupree’s Southern Memories and Nathalie Dupree’s Comfortable Entertaining. Her latest book is Shrimp and Grits. She has hosted more than 300 television shows and specials, which have shown nationally on PBS, The Learning Channel, and The Food Network. Dupree holds an Advanced Certificate from the Cordon Bleu and has also written extensively for magazines and newspapers. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina. Cynthia Stevens Graubart is an author and former television producer who began her culinary television production career with “New Southern Cooking with Nathalie Dupree.” She is also the author of The One- Armed Cook, called the culinary version of What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Graubart lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Love it love it LOVE THIS BOOK. (am I shouting? ooops…sorry. I’ve VERY enthusiastic!) I’m a baker. I bake everything – most of my life cookies and cakes. Bread was always an uh oh. And forget about biscuits. I’d kill them with kindness, with too much thinking but most of all with handling. I watched Baking With Julia, I watched the bread monk guy, I watched them all, but it just didn’t occur to me that you don’t need to do much to bread items except leave them alone and let them make themselves. But I’ve learned some over time. I think the NYTimes guy who discovered the art of making artisan bread without doing a damned thing was my first eyeopener. Put all the stuff together, stick it in a bowl and leave it be for a day or two was the first step. So I learned bread. I also learned RECIPES are IMPORTANT. I had been doing the winging it thing. I like to wing. It’s good to wing. But you can’t wing unless you KNOW baking science. I was operating on cake/cookie science. Different thing altogether. Bread is something else, quickbreads even more so. Quick is the key! So back to this amazing little book – skimming through all the recipes (and there are LOTS of them) I picked up two really important things: ACID(LACTOSE), FAT, FLOUR w LEAVENING. that’s your basic biscuit recipe. DON’T MESS AROUND WITH THEM MUCH, that carries over from bread. From cakes too. Leave the flour alone – let it do it’s thing. It’s alive. It doesn’t like to be mauled. So with biscuits, for ALL these recipes, I throw everything in the refrig – flour too. cut in the fat, add the acid/milk/buttermilk/sour cream/yogurt, stir and fold it once, twice, three times as soon as it’s a substancial mess of goop throw some flour on top to give it body, form into a squareish thing about an 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shape. And carefully place in a buttered pan, then a hot oven. My oh my. I haven’t tried EVERY recipe but I promise you I will. I haven’t tried rolling out the dough for fear of mishandling, but I shall try once I have the feeling to. The only downside to all this easy deliciousness is they are terribly terribly fattening. AND you have to put butter on them because you HAVE TO! (and trust me when I say home made GOOD biscuits are like manna and Pillsbury and Bisquick don’t even come into this – don’t have a place at the table at all.) THIS is the BEST LITTLE RECIPE BOOK IN THE WORLD.
A fascinating read. I spent the first 18 years of my life in NC, so biscuits are near to my heart. I couldn’t understand though why my adult daughter had no interest in eating my biscuits that I thought were good. Reading parts of this book, I see that my biscuits were nothing like the ones being described. I have hopes of in time, after lots of practice following the techniques in this book, producing delicious biscuits. The mother of a friend who lived in the NC mountains made such marvelous biscuits. What she did is exactly described in Kate’s Unforgettable Wooden Bowl Biscuits.
I’m somewhat experienced in making delicious Southern biscuits, but this book has definitely upped my game! It’s amazing how little tweaks in amounts and ingredients can make such differences in biscuit tastes, textures, appearances, etc. I highly recommend this to any biscuit baker. . . even if she or he thinks she or he is already a pro.
- Title: Southern Biscuits
- Autor: Nathalie Dupree
- Publisher (Publication Date): Gibbs Smith; First Edition edition (May 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: | 142362176X
- ISBN-13: | 978-1423621768
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