Buttermilk Biscuits

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  • 2 cups sifted all purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1 cup buttermilk

~ What to do ~

Preheat oven to 375-400 degrees (F).  Sift together dry ingredients.  Cut in shortening.  Add buttermilk all at once.  Mix until combined.  Turn out on a lightly floured surface and knead 5-6 times.  Roll to about 1/2″ thickness.  Cut into shape.  Place on greased pan, brush gently with butter.  Bake for 10-12 minutes.  Remove from oven and brush with butter again.  Serve warm.

 

Simple Pancakes

This super easy and fast recipe is perfect for those lazy Sunday mornings.

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  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, slightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • milk, just enough to make pourable batter

~ What to do ~

  1. Combine dry ingredients.
  2. Stir in egg, oil, and enough milk for batter to pour easily.
  3. Mix lightly to blend.
  4. Cook pancakes on a hot, well greased griddle.
  5. This recipe for pancakes makes 4-6 small pancakes.

~ Spice it up ~

Add some fruit.  Slice a banana (or any of your other  favorite fruit) and place them on the uncooked side of the pancake when you first place them in the pan.  They will get a nice caramelization when you flip the pancake.  You can do the same thing with pecans, walnuts, etc.

Enjoy!

Blueberry Muffins

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1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1/4 vegetable oil
1.5 cups all purpose flour (sifted)
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup fresh blueberries

~ What to do ~

Preheat oven to 400 degrees (F).  Line muffin tins with liners.  Beat eggs, stir in milk and oil.  Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  Mix liquid ingredients into dry ingredients.  Add blueberries.  Stir until flour is moistened (do not over-stir).  Batter should be lump.  fill cup 2/3 full.  Bake for 20-25 minutes.

 

Drop Cheese Biscuits

This versatile quick bread is an easy way to class up almost any meal.

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2 cups sifted flour
3 teaspoons Baking POWDER
1 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons shortening
1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup milk

1 tablespoon butter

~ What to do ~

Preheat oven to 450 degrees (F).  Sift dry ingredients into mixing bowl.  Cut-in shortening.  Add shredded cheese to flour-shortening mix.  Stir in all of the milk, which forms a drop batter.  Drop from spoon onto greased pan.  Brush with melted butter.  Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.  Makes 16-20.

substitution:  for an extra shock of flavor try using your favorite flavored butter (herbs de Province, garlic, paprika, etc.)

Banana Muffins

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  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup mashed bananas
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 2.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

~ What to do ~

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F).  Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a bowl and set aside.

In a separate large bowl cream butter and sugar.  Add eggs.  Mix until smooth.  Mix in milk and banana.  Fold flour mixture into liquid ingredients.  Fill muffin tins 2/3 full.  Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Substitutions:

Finding myself without white sugar (a very happy surprise on one hand, though adding difficulty to this recipe) on a holiday, I had to find a substitute.  Because of my husband’s adoration of maple syrup, it was an obvious choice.  Here’s what to do if you substitute the sugar for maple syrup:  Substitute 3/4 cup maple syrup plus 1/4 teaspoon baking soda for each cup of granulated sugar, and drop the milk back to 6 tablespoons (or eliminate all together depending on the consistency of your batter).

Mama’s Pizza Crust

This simple thin crust is a perfect subtle base for any pizza.

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1 package yeast
1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2.5 cups flour

~ What to do ~

Preheat oven to 425 degrees (F).  Dissolve yeast in water, add sugar, salt and oil.  Add flour.  Allow dough to rest 5 minutes.  Then knead a few minutes and roll into 2 large crust.

Add sauce and toppings to taste and bake.

 

Apple Muffins

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  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 egg slightly beaten
  • 1 cup finely chopped apple

~ What to do ~

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and cinnamon.  Add remaining ingredients, stir just until blended.  Bake at 375 degrees for 18-23 minutes.  Cool for 5 minutes before eating.

 

Banana Nut Bread

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  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 large bananas, very ripe, mashed
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans/walnuts

~ What to do ~

Cream together butter and sugar.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each.  Sift dry ingredients together and add to cream mixture.  Stir in bananas and nuts.

Pour banana-nut bread batter into well greased loaf pan.  Bake at 325 degrees for about 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

 

Buttermilk Cornbread

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  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup stoneground cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon shortening

~ What to do ~

Preheat oven to 450 degress (F).  Mix cornmeal, salt and baking soda together.  Add egg and buttermilk and melted shortening.  Pour batter into muffin cups (2/3 full).  Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.

You can also cook this in an iron skillet instead of in muffin tins.  To do so:  melt shortening in skillet in oven, then add batter to warm skillet:  mix and backe 30-40 minutes for a 9″ skillet.