Thursday, November 14, 2013

Granny's Angel Biscuits with Country Ham

It is our family Christmas tradition to make my mother's recipe for
Angel Biscuits to serve with country ham.

Mary made these for our Christmas Tea.
Granny's Angel Biscuits 
1 pkg. yeast
2 Tbsp. warm water
5 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
3 tsp. baking powder
1  tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. sugar
1 cup shortening
2 cups buttermilk
butter, melted
Dissolve 1 package yeast in 2 Tbsp. warm water.
Add 2 cups room temperature buttermilk and set aside.
Mix dry ingredients together and sift.
 Cut in one cup shortening to the dry ingredients.
Make a well in center of dry ingredients and add buttermilk and yeast mixture.
Mix lightly, but do not knead.
Refrigerate overnight in a covered bowl.
  Turn onto floured board and knead 20 to 30 times. 
Roll to 1/4 inch thick and cut into biscuits. 
Dip each biscuit in melted butter and fold in the middle. OR after dipped in butter, place a second thin biscuit on top of the first.  (This makes them easy to split to insert country ham)
Do not allow to rise and bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes or until golden.
Note: If you don't wish to make the entire recipe at one time, you can keep the dough refrigerated and use as needed. 
My mother in Kentucky, and my Aunt Beulah, who lived her later years in South Carolina,
were experts at making these delicious biscuits.
They made them by the hundreds every Christmas and for special occasions.  
Now, Mary, my cousin by marriage, and my very good friend, regularly makes these biscuits
for UK football tailgating, special occasions, and our pot luck afternoon teas.
Mary uses the method of stacking a second thin biscuit
on top of the first, after both have been dipped in melted butter.
 This way, the biscuits split easily to make country ham biscuit sandwiches.
Thank you Mary for continuing the family tradition!

Link to the November issue of
Kentucky Living Magazine


Elizabeth said...

What a wonderful idea ! I have never been able to make biscuits like my Mother did, hers were like none other I have ever had. These sound close so I am going to give it a try!

Beth said...

I love Christmas traditional breakfasts and yours sounds great, Linda. Growing up, our Christmas breakfast was blueberry pancakes. :)

Bernideen said...

Wonderful tea time biscuits - yummy!

Angela McRae said...

I have never heard of stacking the second thin biscuit on top, but what a great idea! The other morning on Fox, there was a segment featuring some southern cook who was making biscuits that contained cream cheese. My husband said those are "yuppie biscuits," ha!

Joy said...

Sounds so very good!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

There are so many southern traditional foods I've never heard of or tried. I guess when you grow up with an English background, there's not much more than roast beef and yorkshire pudding to recommend. As a matter of fact, a friend and I discussed this recently and were excited to discover that bread and gravy, at the end of the meal was a real treat for both of us growing up. :-)

Marilyn said...

Oh now you have done it. How I would love one of these biscuits with ham right now. Sounds just wonderful.

GardenOfDaisies said...

Oh, wow, I've never seen biscuits made with yeast before. This is a new one for me.


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