The Dumpling Diary

Dis cooking so you cooking too.

Salutations, comrades! July 5, 2009

Filed under: Breads,Breakfast,Side Dishes — Meg @ 4:46 pm

So, in honour of getting this cooking blog off to a start, I’m going to pile in some of my favourite recipes for you, mostly ones I’ve concocted myself, a few of them from favourite cookbooks, that you need to have in your repertoire as well. Need!

To start with, here are my favourite biscuits in the whole, wide world. They’re made from a recipe by Miss Edna Lewis, a fantastic ladychef from Virginia.


– 5 cups white flour
– 1 Tbsp plus 1/2 tsp baking powder
– 1 Tbsp salt
– 1/2 cup packed lard, chilled
– 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
– 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted.


1 – Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Put flour, baking powder and salt in mixing bowl, blend thoroughly. Cut in lard and pour in buttermilk, stir quickly till dough is blended and begins to mass.

2 – Turn immediately on floured surface and knead briskly 8-10 strokes. Gently flatten into a disk about 1/2 inch thick. With a fork dipped in flour, pierce dough through completely at 1/2 inch intervals. Cut into biscuits and transfer to a greased skillet. Bake 10-12 minutes and when golden brown, brush tops with melted butter.


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