Coast Cooking

Coast Cooking: Southerners love biscuits

The lowly biscuit has a special place in the hearts of all Southerners. 

In the old days pairing a hot buttered biscuit with sorghum molasses was a culinary highpoint of any morning. 

It works in the winter, just as well as it works on a hot summer morning. But that is not the only application for a simple biscuit. 

A little cheddar cheese can be added, if you like life a little spicy, a chopped jalapeno would be grand. But then if simplicity is your thing, a tab of butter and a little homemade strawberry jam might be just the thing.

BASIC BISCUIT RECIPE

Add a little cheddar cheese if you like.

2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

8 tablespoons butter

3/4 cup milk

Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl, then cut the butter in. Make a well in the center of the flour, then add the milk. Now it's time to get messy; using your hands knead the mixture until smooth. Flour a clean surface and roll the dough out, about 1-inch thick. Cut into desired shape, place on a buttered sheet pan and bake at 450 f for 20 minutes.

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