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Friday, July 24, 2009

Foodie Friday - Biscuits & Jam

Thanks to Michael of
Designs by Gollum for hosting Foodie Friday. Check out her blog fo
r a dose of humor, fun food, and beautiful home decor. Her FF post will also have a list of all the other Foodie Friday participants... You'll be amazed at the wonderful food ideas you'll find there!

This morning I decided to make biscuits. From scratch. Not one to make biscuits on
a regular basis, I knew I was going to need a fool-proof recipe. And one of my favorite sources for fool-proof recipes is Thibeault's Table, and I was not disappointed. Her homemade country biscuits were so simple to put together and loved her tip of grating the butter into the flour mixture. They were tender and delicious. I'll be trying a savory version next time.

To go with my homemade biscuits, I broke out a jar of my homemade Raspberry-Plum Jam. It's my favorite. If you are into making jams & jellies, be sure to try this one. It makes enough for you and your friends and family. It gets more raves than any other jam or jelly I make.

Ann's Country Buttermilk Biscuits

2 cups of flour
1 Tablespoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup shortening, lard, crisco or butter (Ann's note: I use butter)
1 cup of milk (cream) or buttermilk
- (if using buttermilk add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda)

Optional. Add a little sugar if you prefer sweet rather than savory.

Mix the flour with the baking powder, and salt. Cut in shortening until it resembles coarse meal. Stir milk or cream in to flour mixture. Mix quickly with fork until dough comes together. Using hands gently pat the ingredients together. Do not over-handle. Pat out to about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick on a lightly floured board. Cut with biscuit cutters
and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and bake for approximately 12 to 15 minutes at 450°F.

If making cheese biscuits add the mustard and cayenne to the dry ingredients and add the cheese after the shortening has been cut into the flour.

Tip: An easy way to cut the butter into the flour is to use a box grater. The large side of the grater makes the perfect size pieces of butter.


Raspberry-Plum Jam

About 2-1/2 pounds Santa Rosa or other firm ripe plums
2 packages (about 10-ounces each) frozen raspberries in syrup (thawed) or 3 cups fresh raspberries
10 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 pouches (3-ounces each) liquid pectin

Prepare 12 half-pint canning jars.

Rinse plums and remove pits. Finely chop or force plums through a food chopper, to make 4 cups. Place plums and raspberries in an 8-quart pot. Stir in sugar and lemon juice until well-blended.

Bring mixture to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly; boil, uncovered and stirring, for 1 minute. Remove from heat and immediately stir in pectin all at once; boil 1 minute; skim off foam. Fill jars to within 1/8-inch of rim.

Makes 12 half-pints.


Lori E said...

I made jam this week too. How satisfying that is. Biscuits were one of the first things I learned how to make.
Yours look delish.

Anonymous said...

What great bisquits you made, mine usually end up looking like Hockey Pucks.....they are as hard as hockey pucks too. I am going to give your recipe a try.

susan said...

Nothing better than a homemade biscuit with homemade jelly! I could almost taste it! Wish I had some fresh plums and raspberries!

Sal said...

Thanks for the recipe! I love good buttermilk biscuits, and I think I'll venture into the kitchen to give these a try.

Cass @ That Old House said...

I remember making "drop biscuits" in Home Economics class in Junior High School. My brothers said they looked as if they'd been dropped from the Empire State Building. I've improved since then, and this recipe looks great.
But the star? Your homemade jam!
Oh MY that looks fantastic. I may get brave and try this!

The Desperate Cook said...

Life is good when you have homemade bisquits and jam. You are making me want to run out and make a batch of bisquits.

Cathy said...

Homemade biscuits and jam...oh my. What a delicious treat. Gorgeous photos, Lori. Those raspberries look like I could pick them right out of the screen.

Laura said...

I bet this is delicious. I love homemade jams! They make the best gift at the Holidays.

Maya@A Beach Lovers Place said...

I so, so love the biscuits..., I enjoyed them so much while traveling in England... for breakfast and tea time in the afternoon. It's such a British tradition. I could try them out, yes! Thanks.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Lori, these look like delicious bisquits and jam! Thanks for sharing your recipes with us.

Happy Foodie Friday...


Sheila :-)

Maria Berg said...

I want to have Ann's Country Buttermilk Biscuits, with jam, the raspberry looked so good, we were out picking some yesterday.

When I was working in Scotland the had very good scons. MB

Unknown said...

Your jam sounds delicious...and on top of those great biscuits...YUM!! Beginning August 5, I will be hosting Crock Pot Wednesdays at I hope you will join me and, hopefully, share in the giveaways:) Mister Linky is up and waiting for your entry.

Ashley @ AshleysBusy said...

Yum, those biscuits and jam look and sound delicious. I haven't made biscuits in a while...maybe tomorrow :)

imjacobsmom said...

Mmmm! I could just smell and taste those biscuits. I haven't made jam in a good long time. I should give my Mom a call and share your recipe. ~ Robyn

Linda said...

Beautiful Lori...
I think I need to learn to make jam this summer...

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