‘Bread & Pancakes’


Basket of Biscuits   Biscuits with Honey


Oven 425 F

Yields 12 Biscuits

2 cups flour

4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt


Mix together in a medium mixing bowl.

6 Tbsp Crisco shortening

Cut the shortening into the flour with a pastry blender until the mixture is like tiny gravel.


1 cup milk


Add the milk all at once, and mix with a fork just until all is moistened. The batter should be very soft and sticky.


Biscuit Dough


½ cup flour

Spread ½ cup of flour on the countertop in a 12” circle. Turn out the batter onto the flour. Sprinkle 2 Tbsp of flour on top.

 Cutting Biscuits 

Gently knead about 12 times, pulling from under the outer edge and folding in to the center to knead in the flour.

This is the critical point for fluffy biscuits- don’t handle the dough too much and don’t mix in too much flour or the biscuits will be tough.

When the dough is just stiff enough to hold its shape without sticking to your fingers, pat it down evenly to 1” thickness. Cut with a round biscuit cutter or just cut into wedges. Rub the cutter or knife in the flour between cuts. If you don’t have a cutter, use a drinking glass.

Cutting out Biscuits

Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Gather up the remnants of dough into a ball and pat down for a few more cuts. Use the last bit of dough to form the Funny Biscuit.

The Funny Biscuit

 Bake at 425 F for 10-12 minutes. Yum!


Biscuits were the staple food of my childhood. As she took the biscuits out of the oven, Mom would yell out, “Hales bales, I almost burnt the biscuits!” We always fought over who got the Funny Biscuit. If you want a real Southern treat, try the biscuits with sausage gravy.


Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce 

2 cups flour

2 Tbsp sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

4 Tbsp dry buttermilk powder


Mix dry ingredients.


If you do not have dry buttermilk, increase the baking powder to

3 tsp.

1 egg

2 Tbsp canola oil

2+ cups milk

  Healthy hint:

Substitute the canola oil with 2 Tbsp milled flaxseed.


Add remaining ingredients and beat until well blended. Add milk if needed until the batter will run off the spoon like a ribbon.

Pancake Batter

If you like them fluffy, add less milk. If you like them thin as hound dog ears, add more milk. 

To make a crepe-style pancake, use 3 eggs and thin out with milk.


Cook the pancakes on medium heat (300 F) on a griddle or a cast iron skillet. Oil the surface with canola oil on a paper towel in between batches. Flip them when the bubbles leave craters and they lose their shine around the edges.

Pancakes on the Griddle

Test for doneness by gently pressing the edge of the spatula in the center of the pancake. When it springs back without indenting, the pancakes are done. Serve with Blueberry Sauce or homemade Maple Syrup.

These are “Pat’s Pancakes”, except that she would be annoyed that I use powdered buttermilk rather than the real thing! I’m always disappointed when I order pancakes in a restaurant; they never quite live up the standard of Pat’s Pancakes.