Rollin' in the Dough

It's been almost 8 years and I've finally developed a love relationship with my rolling pin! It was one of those things in "setting up house" that I just had to have, but never used. It's been sitting in the drawer, faithfully, for approximately 416 Saturdays wondering if today would be the day it could be doused in flour and rolled to its' heart's content. But the days grew into weeks, and the weeks into months, and the months into years, and it continued to be overlooked. Except for the times that Nana would come to visit and would hear of no such thing as a ready-made pie crust! Oh no ma'am! She would whip out the rolling pin and in a matter of minutes we had a beautifully scalloped-edge pie crust made from scratch. And then it would be returned to it's dark home in the drawer.

But brighter days were ahead for that rolling pin! A few weeks ago, after growing weary of rotating the usual Saturday morning choice of pancakes, waffles or drop cheese biscuits, I spied a recipe on the Bisquick box for rolled biscuits. "I can do this!" I thought. That rolling pin was not going to intimidate me any more! So out it came and it performed beautifully! And now, I'm obsessed with my rolling pin and the search for the perfect biscuit. Over the past few weeks, I've tried every combination of biscuit-making...Bisquick with milk, self-rising flour with milk, self-rising flour with buttermilk, but tonight, perfection... achieved with Bisquick (yes, folks, Bisquick) and buttermilk. As Rachel Ray would say, "De-lish!"

I've not been feeling well the past few days, came home from work today, took almost a 2 hour nap and woke up feeling a little hungry, a little naseaous, and not much in the mood to cook anything for dinner. But there was one thing that did sound good, and that was a hot, buttered biscuit. And a few minutes later I had these...
(click the picture to enlarge for mouth-watering goodness!)

I'm a purist--no jelly, no jam, no peanut butter, just a good, fluffy biscuit with melted butter. Now that's some comfort food! So, if you've been taunted over the years by your rolling pin, get it out and give it a try...your thighs will not thank you!

And if you've perfected the perfect biscuit...give me your tips!

8 sweet friends had to say...:

Anonymous said...

There is nothing better than a biscuit. I just started reading your blog and have been enjoying it. Thanks! Linda

justabeachkat said...

Oh My Gravy (as Rachel Ray would say)!!! I just started my no carbs for lent and what do my eyes spy when I opened up your blog....mouth watering biscuits! Talk about torture! LOL


Musicaljean said...

I don't know how you can get 'em any better than these! I do have a recipe from "scratch" that I always use, including buttermilk. And you're right, biscuits with just butter are the best.

In the late 80's I had a bed and breakfast in our farmhouse for 6 years, Stauffer's Country Home. One of my regular breakfast menus was scrambled eggs, fried ham, home fries, and buttermilk biscuits. So my rolling pin got plenty of use back in those days! Man, I'm getting hungry for some bicuits!

Mindy said...

You are speaking my language. I LOVE biscuits!!!!
Right now - with the pregnancy cravings though - it's biscuits and gravy for me.
And those biscuits you made look great - nice and fluffy! I might have to try the bisquick and buttermilk combo......of course, I'm not real big on getting my rolling pin out either.....usually just use my hands.
Hope you are feeling better -- and since I am pregnant tell you those are a lot of the same symptoms I'm having. =)
in HIM -

Tonja said...

Those look too yummy! I use Bisquick to make pancakes. They are the best! Nothing beats a good buttered biscuit!

Hope you are feeling 'all better' soon! Take care!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I think you've got it!
I like mine with butter and honey~ honey=D

Penless Thoughts said...

Cute, fun post Tracy.

Sally Ferguson said...

Not only good for the tastebuds, but wonderful to have the aroma!
Here's one of my favorites:

Crescent Yeast Rolls
1 c. scalded milk
1/2 c. butter flavor Crisco shortening
1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 pkg. yeast
3 eggs, beaten
4 1/2 c. flour
melted butter

Scald milk. Add Crisco, sugar & salt. Cool to lukewarm. Add yeast & dissolve. Add eggs; add flour. Put on floured surface and knead lightly. Store in large, greased bowl. Cover. Let double in size.

Punch down dough & divide in 3 sections. Roll out in shape of pie & brush with butter. Cut in 12 wedges & roll up, beginning with outer, round edge. Cover. Let rise again. Bake at 400 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Makes approx. 3 dozen.

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