Sunday, May 13, 2012

Biscuits For Mama



My mother was a wonderful cook and baker, she could cook anything and her pies, cakes and cookies were fantastic. She could NOT bake a biscuit. No matter who gave her what recipe, or how many times Mommy, my grandmother tried to teach her, Mother's biscuits were only good if you wanted to use them as rocks. Not even syrup could soften them enough to keep them from breaking our teeth.


Biscuits are one of my most favorite foods. I can neither cook nor bake. Last week I found Tippers Granny Gazzie's recipe for no fail biscuit baking, Make Do Biscuits.  Tipper is author of the Blind Pig and the Acorn and a wonderful mother to her two girls. Thanks Tipper for sharing Grannies Recipe. NOTE: Tipper and her Granny use home made jam, mine is the bought kind.


I am here today saying to my mother in Heaven,

"Mama! I baked the softest, melt in your mouth biscuits and if you were here you could to."

Recipe:
2 parts self rising flour to 1 part Whipping Cream.  

THAT'S it. that IS the recipe. I Kid you not.
I made these SQUARE biscuits by mixing 1 cup flour 1/2 cup whipping cream, stir, knead, roll, cut and bake at 400. Ten Minute Biscuits. Soft Biscuits.

Madsnapper biscuits are square, because I have no rolling pin or biscuit cutter, so I MADE DO, that is what these biscuits are called. Make Do biscuits. I flattened with my hands and cut with a knife and baked in my toaster oven. they melted in my mouth. and Bob's mouth, but I did cry when he took the one I offered him.


Sweet Sixteen, Palmetto, Florida 1942

In Memory of my mother, Mary Lucille Overby McCall, 1926-1990





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42 comments:

Barb said...

I think I'll try these. At the very least I shouldn't be able to forget any of the ingredients ;)

Carol-Ann said...
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SquirrelQueen said...

Now that's a recipe so simple I probably could make them. I'm sure your Mom would be proud of you for making these biscuits.

Happy Mother's Day!

Rizalenio said...

Mouthwatering. :)

I love looking at your Mom's old photo. She's beautiful.

Happy Mother's Day! :)

Maple Lane said...

What a beautiful Mom you had and this was such a cute post in her honor. Oh, those biscuits sound so delicious! Have a wonderful day, Sandra.

DawnTreader said...

Sounds simple enough except I have never heard of "self rising" flour. Also very unsure of the definition of biscuit. I thought biscuit was British English and cookie American English for the same thing...

BlueShell said...

At last
Soft Biscuits...hehehhe

So sorry your mother is not "here" now...
Those biscuits look delicious...

Happy Mother's Day, dear!
Love
BShell

Betty Manousos said...

what a wonderful tribute to your mom!

and what a beautiful Mom you had, Sandra!


mmmm...those biscuits look and sound delicious.
drooling over them!

Eva Ason said...

Those biscuits looks yummy.
Lovely picture of your Mother :) and a nice tribute.

Happy Mother's Day!

RoeH said...

That's nice. I can make bisquits but I've never made them from scratch. I'm sure mine, if I did that, would turn out as everything else I cook from scratch - just like your mom's bisquits. I think I may try that recipe.

RoeH said...

Oh - the biscuit cutter? I've always used what my mom did --- a flour dipped glass top. :) But you'd have to roll the dough out first.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Now you have made me hungry for biscuits. I make them often with my granddaughter,but my recipe has a lot more ingredients in it.These look and sound super easy and good. Have a wonderful day.

From the Kitchen said...

I love that photo of your mother! The photo of the biscuits looks good too.

Have a great day.

Best,
Bonnie

Nava said...

Cute story--so real--and I wrote the recipe down. The photo reminds me of some of my mother. Very Pretty. oh yes--my grandmother would dip a glass in flour and use it as a biscuit cutter. :)

Ann said...

I love biscuits but I rarely make them. Now I want some.
Happy Mother's day.

Amy Burzese said...

Get out! I might could do that. I had a biscuit week several years ago. I made about 20 batches of them in a week and they were all awful. Have never made a scratch biscuit again.

Catherine said...

Such a nice post - and I love the photo of your mom!
Have a happy day!
xo Catherine

Lynne said...

Happy Mother's Day! Wonderful tribute, and a very beautiful Mom.

Madi and Mom said...

Happy mother's day to you too!
MOL my mom cannot make biscuits but I can you see kitties are famous kneaders and biscuits. The secret is in the kneading. FYI. In case you did not know when a kitty gets on something and starts pushin at it with her feet it is called making biscuits
Hugs madi

TexWisGirl said...

this was sweet all the way around. :) you cried when bob took the biscuit. :)

Ginny said...

I'm crying now and I think this is probably the most touching Mother's Day post you have done. I remember the picture of your mom, it is very good and she is beautiful, you can almost see her spirit in it, it is like she will start talking any minute. I don't have a rolling pin either. If I need one, then it is too much trouble to bake. I want to make these for the girls, especially Ella. We get her KFC biscuits. How long did you knead? How thick did you pat it out? Then you cut it and put it in an 8X8 pan in the toaster oven? Do they have to be separated? I use the toaster oven for any and everything that fits in it. It makes good muffins. You can tell I am worse at biscuit making than you and have never made any.

photowannabe said...

The picture of your Mom is wonderful. You can tell she has a beautiful spirit.
Love your biscuit tribute.
I actually think I can do this recipe. Need to get the ingredients though.
My Mom was a great cook and baker. I wish I had gotten some of those genes!
Her biscuit cutter was the rim of a glass too. That's "Make Do" too.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Biscuits sound so easy. Sweet photo of your Mother.
Happy Mother's Day!

Tracy said...

Sandra, what a nice tribute to you mom...I love the old photo and well, I never learned to make mouth watering biscuits either. I just got some strawberries and was thinking that would be good to have over those biscuits :)

Picturit said...

Your biscuits look great and I bet they tasted good too. Great picture of your Mum Sandra. I love old pics as you know!! Your Mum would be so proud.

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

The biscuits look so good! I love biscuits and ate many as my mother used to make them frequently when I was growing up. My family doesn't like biscuits, so I don't make them. Maybe I should try this recipe? Wonderful post, Sandra. Happy Mother's Day to you!!

SweetMarie said...

You are just the sweetest! Love this post, Sandra! Happy Mother's Day to you! Thank you for being like a mom to me through blogworld. :)
Love,
Marie

Thistle Cove Farm said...

My biscuits are cat head biscuits...when I was a girl Grandmother made huge biscuits. So huge it took both my hands to bring one to my mouth. Grandmother called them cat head biscuits...huge, light, fluffy...just the way I make them today.
Your biscuits look delicious and wonderfully easy; well done!

crafty cat corner said...

YOur Mother was beautiful and the biscuits are going to be tried out next week, I love a quick recipe and you can't get much quicker than that.
thanks
Briony
x

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

What a simple recipe, Sandra. I've never made biscuits either and these look so easy that maybe I will give them a try. Your mom was lovely. Have a wonderful day!

S. Etole said...

Love biscuits and honey and these sound so simple.

A Quiet Corner said...

LOL! Sandra, mine always come out like hockey pucks...so guess what my gift is for today...YOUR RECIPE!!!...:)JP

Chatty Crone said...

Flower and whipping cream - even I could do that. Great job Sandra.
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! Love, sandie

Susannah said...

Sandra, Your mother was beautiful. I know you are missing here today. Happy Mother's Day to you.

Michaele said...

You have got to be kidding with the recipe. I will try this just to be sure : ) LOVE that photo of your mom. Beautiful.

EG CameraGirl said...

What a nice tribute to your mom! Your mom was such a pretty girl!

Snapper II said...

Love this post in honor or your Mother. She was a beautiful woman, inside and out. I can see why your Daddy picked her out. Her sweet sixteen picture is gorgeous!
I am going to try the bisquits. When we use to make bisquits at home, we did not have a bisquit cutter. We did what RoeH did, we used a glass. Works great! We also would scoop up what we thought would make the size bisquits we wanted and rolled the bisquits around in our floured hands and pressed them onto the cookie sheet lightly and left our finger prints on them for a little decoration, I guess. If you do that you do not have to roll them out. Not so much mess to clean up.
You know I am lazy...
Love you, Madeline

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Oh- she was a beautiful lady- what a neat picture!

These biscuits look yummy. I'm not a good biscuit baker either- never have been. I always burn the bottoms.

Deb said...

oh my Nana could make biscuits that would make you slap your Momma...I gave up all bread 3 years ago...but I sure do miss her biscuits....your Mom was beautiful...

Rose said...

I wish I could make biscuits like my mom...NOT your normal biscuits but the grand kids loved them. She never measured anything...well, not for making biscuits, cornbread, or pie crusts...

Debra Dickinson said...

Your mother was beautiful, and what a wonderful tribute! She would be proud. xxo

Chatty Crone said...

Haha I didn't remember.