Comfort Food: Biscuits

I’m sure that I should be posting some elaborate recipe in honour of Canadian Thanksgiving. But to be honest I didn’t realize that it was Thanksgiving until yesterday! (Athens is 25C and feels nothing like fall) Thanksgiving is about family and comfort food. Expected dishes prepared lovingly according to time honoured traditions. Some of my earliest memories are associated with distinct smells. But there is one smell that stands out, one smell that brings me back to my childhood. That one smell that is forever imprinted on my mind as comfort food.  It is the simple smell of freshly baked biscuits, prepared lovingly by my mother. This morning I woke up to my son asking “Daddy can you make biscuits for breakfast?” It was this morning that I realized my duty was done. I had successfully passed on a legacy to my son, one that was passed on to me so many years ago. So as we eat our biscuits for brunch, I am thankful for my extended family and wish that we could be sharing turkey with them. But for now the taste and smell of biscuits will do, bringing me home in my mind if only for a minute. Happy Thanksgiving!

What you need for a basic biscuit recipe: (I usually double the recipe)

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup milk

How it’s done:

  • In a large bowl combine your dry ingredients
  • Mix in your oil
  • Add your milk, working it until you have formed a stiff dough
  • Transfer your dough to a floured work surface and roll out until it is 1/2″(2cm) thick
  • Using a drinking glass or cookie cutter, cut the dough into desired shape
  • Place your cut biscuits onto an un-greased cookie sheet and bake at 400F (200C) for 20 min or until golden
  • Serve warm with your favourite jam and cheese
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2 Responses to Comfort Food: Biscuits

  1. Hey Heath,
    This is the first time I have read your blog…so neat! I just marked it as a favorite!! Thanks for sharing!

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