The virtual biscuit battle
It started innocently enough.
Since biscuits are my mom’s weakness, and since she is soon to celebrate her 90th birthday, why not give her a big batch…or two or three..for her freezer? And since Kate has been wanting to share treats, why not have her send some to add to the enjoyment? And since Al believes his basic buttermilk biscuits are the best between Boston and Bakersfield, why not have him bake a bunch….
You’re probably getting the picture. A little competition quickly became part of the recipe. And more than the ovens began catching some heat.
Not to be out-biscuited, Al upped the ante by finding a new recipe. Couldn’t be simpler: 1 cup of heavy cream and 2 cups of self-rising flour.
Kate rose to the challenge by finding this one from Giada for Crispy Parmesan Biscuits: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/crispy-parmesan-biscuits-recipe/index.html
Then her Iowegian-heritage sensibilities stepped in: she calculated the cost of overnighting a big batch from Texas to Iowa. About a buck and two-bits per biscuit. When she discussed it with the ever-frugal Al–who’s already emailing her couponing lessons for eating well on a budget–they agreed she could name a surrogate baker who would actually be in Iowa for the birthday weekend celebration.
She chose me. I declined. But not before asking Al to make a second kind of biscuit, just for fun. So now, he is his own competition. Which pleases my mother no end, as she didn’t want to have to choose one entry over another. Yeah, she’s that kind of mama.
As for my part, I’m sharing my recipe for what my friend Kristy’s Alabama grandma always called “…the devil’s biscuit.”
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