I call a book like this beautiful, because it is used and appreciated. Tattooed if you will, with the living of life in a busy kitchen, while helping to feed the family and friends that drop by.
This book contains some great recipes including our favorite Banana Bread.
Angel Biscuits Adapted/made from: The Wooden Spoon Bread Book
the intro: Angel Biscuits are a Southern Specialty. The dough, risen by both yeast and quick leaveners, produces a very light biscuit. The mixing can be done ahead of of the baking to suit your schedule.
To soften yeast, in a small container combine,
3 tablespoons warm water
1 scant tablespoons (or 1 packet) active dry yeast
let yeast stand while preparing the dry ingredients. In a large bowl, whisk together:
5 cups unbleached flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
with a pastry blender or two knives, cut into the dry ingredients,
1 cup butter or shortening of choice
make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Into that well pour the,
2 cups buttermilk
Gently mix with a wooden spoon just until dry ingredients are moistened. Just a few turns of the paddle mixer did the trick.
Dough will be soft. Scrape down sides of bowl.
Cover with waxed paper and then a china plate.
Chill for at least 1 hour or longer.
When ready to bake remove enough dough to make desired numbered biscuits. On a lightly floured surface, knead gently two or three times. Roll to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut as desired and bake in preheated 400 degree oven, 12 – 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.
To substitute this dough for tube biscuits in your favorite recipes, divide the dough into 4 parts. Each part will be approximately one tube of biscuit dough.
Now that you have dough, what will you make with it? Having Angel Biscuit dough ready to go is very convenient. The bowl sits quietly in the refrigerator, until you have need to use it. Like I said, convenient! For a quick meal last week, we had Easter Ham bone soup and dinner scones
I make scones, because I am a lazy biscuit baker! The rolling and cutting and re-rolling of the dough, phooey! I prefer to pat the dough out, cut into the number of scones I need/want and bake. Done and done.
To make scones, preheat oven to 425.
Remove dough from refrigerator, score dough into 4 parts. Note: Each part will be about the same as a tube of dairy case biscuits for those recipes you want to adapt to Angel Biscuit Dough.
Using one part, knead dough 3 – 5 times on a “floured” surface, I use oat bran. It keeps any dough from sticking and does not leave a floury finish. Pat into a circle approximately 1/2 inch thick. Cut into desired number of scones, place circle in a prepared baking pan. Bake 20 – 25 minutes or until done in your oven. Enjoy!
And now lets make Monkey Bread Ring.
Monkey Bread Ring
350 degree oven
1 portion of Angel Biscuit dough
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup real maple syrup
1/4 cup broken pecan pieces
Roll each portion of dough into a ball, coat in melted butter, roll in brown sugar mixture and arrange in baking pan.
When all dough has been used, scatter pecans over top of dough balls, pour maple syrup over and finally use up the butter and the brown sugar mixture by scattering over the top of the dough balls. Bake 25 minutes.
The Monkey Bread is delicious, even the next day, moist and it reheats well.
Now that you have the basics, what will you make with your Angel dough?
For more great recipes and ideas visit Mom’s Sunday Cafe.
As always thanks for taking a moment to stop by.