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chez carol: Martha Ray's Biscuits

Hot, crusty and delicious with a pat of whipped butter, morning coffee and a great book.

winter reading, coffee and biscuits

A native of South Carolina, Granny R. visited by Greyhound bus twice / year. With her always, came a small carry-on, a large tin of home-baked cookies and a little 3 x 5 spiral notebook full of recipes. Five simple ingredients make up this enduring staple for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Martha Ray's Baking Soda Biscuits


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2 c. bread flour

3 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

2 tbsp shortening (half butter)

3/4 to 1 cup milk or half milk/half water


Basic baking powder biscuits

  1. Mix dry ingredients and sift twice. Work in shortening with fingers or pastry blender.

  2. Add liquid gradually, mixing with knife to make a soft dough.

  3. Toss on floured board, pat down or knead a few minutes and roll lightly 3/4" thick.

  4. Shape with biscuit cutter.

  5. Place on buttered cookie sheet, prick with a fork, and bake 12 to 15 min in hot oven (400 deg.)

Makes 12-15 biscuits.

Drop biscuits : Add 1-1/2 cup milk. Drop by spoonfuls on a buttered muffin tin, or on buttery cookie sheet.

Granny's Tips

"For shortening use all butter."

"For a richer biscuit, double the shortening, or add 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese"

"Sift the flour for smoother dough."

"A pleasant flavor addition is to add small bits of bacon to the dough, or sprinkle a little corn meal in each muffin tin or on the cookie sheet before baking."


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