By Stacey | Posted on July 10, 2009 | 3 Comments
Today for breakfast we had cottage cheese and cinnamon raisin biscuits. It was perfect! It was raining outside and it seemed just right to pull those biscuits out of the oven and serve them to the kids. (Hubby was already off to work.) Several years ago I got a great cookbook that had a very basic biscuit recipe in it. I have used that one recipe more than any other in the whole cookbook! (Remember the old days, when you had to have a cookbook to get recipes because the Internet didn’t exist yet?)
Biscuits are a great addition to any meal. They are economical and customize-able. You can adjust the recipe to accommodate dietary needs and preferences as well as the theme of the meal. We usually trade out some or all of the flour for organic wheat or spelt flour. We buy this in 25 pound bags for less than a dollar a pound! We use aluminum-free baking powder instead of the kind you can buy at Wal-Mart which contains aluminum. Instead of butter or shortening, I use organic plain yogurt. And I always use the drop biscuits option which simply calls for more milk so you plop dough instead of having to knead and cut your biscuits. Sprinkling a little cornmeal on your pan will help keep the biscuits from sticking.
From your basic recipe and dietary adaptations, the sky is the limit! Try one of the following additions:
- Raisins, cinnamon and sweetener of your choice
- Shredded cheese and onion powder
- Shredded cheese and taco-type seasonings
- Dill weed
- Rosemary, basil, oregano and garlic powder
- Seeds or nuts with or without sweetener of your choice
- Oats instead of some of the flour
Cooking from scratch can seem daunting when you have a house full of people to take care of! Who should deserve to buy premade foods and mixes more than you? But honestly, you will feed your family higher quality food at better prices if you are willing to “make your own”. A great thing to do with some or all of your children is have a mix-making session. Measure out all your dry ingredients into large Ziploc bags or left over containers and label “biscuit mix”. With our family of 8, we have to double the typical recipe. You can whip out 4 or 5 mixes in no time. The kids love to measure out the flour, salt and baking powder and dump them into the containers. You will love the convenience of pulling out your homemade mix when you want to make breakfast or a tasty side dish. Your family will love the fresh, hot biscuits.