Creamy Asparagus Soup. The soup is fast, delicious and one of my top favorites. My family says I make the best soups (and I thank them). However, they also expect some kind of bread with their soup. As I was making the aforementioned soup, I realized I didn't have bread on hand. I decided to try this recipe. Now, I'm a California girl. I'm not a Southern Belle, nor am I a Texas resident. Therefore, my disclaimer is that I am neither a big fan of biscuits nor do I think I'd win blue ribbons for my biscuit making skills. Actually, I think I've only made biscuits (from scratch) once before. Croissants? Yes, I love them. I have yet to make those from scratch, and I don't see that anytime in the near future-- I know what work and how much butter that entails. Homemade Buttery yeast rolls? You bet! Biscuits? Eh. The article that came with the recipe intrigued me, and so I decided to test my waters as a biscuit baker:
Cat Head Biscuits
When we spied “cat head biscuits” on a highway billboard near Greensboro, N.C., we did an immediate double take (not to mention a U-turn) to see what exactly they were. Aside from an unfortunate name, the biscuits themselves were tender and moist with a golden brown, craggy exterior and well worth reproducing back in the test kitchen. Here’s what we discovered:
Test Kitchen Discoveries
Traditional cat heat biscuit recipes were made with lard, but most modern recipes use shortening instead. We found shortening alone to be too artificial tasting, so we substituted most of the shortening for butter.
To create a more tender biscuit, use an equal mix of cake flour and all-purpose. Most biscuit recipes call for cold fat, which is “cut” into the dry ingredients to promote a flaky texture. Because we were after a fluffy texture, softened butter and shortening worked in with warm hands worked much better.
There’s no need to knead this biscuit dough; just use a portion scoop to scoop out hefty lumps into a cake tin.
This was so quick, that I was smiling at how effortless this was to make.
Pioneer Woman's Buttered Rosemary Rolls before any kind of biscuit. Just sayin'! If YOU love biscuits, give these a try. They're fast and easy. I'd make this recipe, again, but would be very tempted to add some fresh chives and even some cheese.
In the meantime, I like butter and honey. Yeah, that will do just fine!
I couldn't resist posting this photo. I was comparing the biscuits to one of our geriatric felines. This is our own sweet "Cat Head" -- "Camo". She and her sister are almost 13 years old now.
A printable recipe is posted at the bottom of this page.
Back to work!