You’re only as good as your last biscuit

My cheese biscuits....At least they look pretty.

I recently learned how easy biscuits are to make or thought I did.

Last week I went online and found a recipe for cheese biscuits and made what turned out to be great biscuits even though I didn’t quite have all the ingredients that the recipe required.  Since I had no buttermilk I just used whole milk.  I had no shortening so I used butter.  I had no cheddar cheese so I just used what was left in a package of mixed shredded cheeses used for making Mexican dishes and though it was not quite the quantity required it was ok.  I followed the recipe and what resulted was some excellent cheese biscuits that were all eaten within an hour out of the oven.

Later in the week I was asked to make them again.  It was the same situation except this time I did have some cheddar which I shredded up.  I threw a little extra cheese in and added some herbs.  They turned out even better and I was so proud of myself.

Strike three!  Last night I thought I would get all the correct ingredients and make some more of my out of this world cheese biscuits especially since it would be Christmas Eve and we have a few guests in the house.  I bought buttermilk and plenty of cheddar and thought I would double the recipe.  With  a double batch I was hoping there would be a few extra remaining to show others how great they were.

Everything was going great this morning until I finished mixing all the ingredients and was ready to roll out the dough (yea, I can roll out dough for biscuits now).  It was only then that I realized that I had forgotten to cut in the butter with the dry ingredients.  I give myself credit for realizing my major mistake before putting the biscuits in the oven.  On the other hand trying to cut butter into already mixed biscuit dough is not easy.  It’s too late for that little pebbles look.  Nevertheless, I did what I could and put them in the oven to see what would happen.

They look pretty, they are edible, and there are plenty left.  That is all I can say for them.  My grandson who normally can’t get enough of them is not too excited about them this time.  Maybe he is too excited about Santa and toys to care about biscuits.

Bottomline,  it doesn’t matter how great your biscuits used to be or were before.  You’re only as good as your last biscuit.  That’s the rule.  I’ll get it right the next time.

Have you had any baking screw ups lately?

Published by Lonnie

Lonnie Dawkins is a fine arts photographer in the Washington, DC area. His focus is portraits, portfolios, and events.

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