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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Homemade biscuits and gravy

yummy in my tummy
When former Bendite and cookbook club member, Anna moved away, I was glad she kept her food blog going. I'm often inspired by her recipes and her homemade biscuits and gravy was no exception. I have never made biscuits and gravy so when I saw the recipe on her blog, I couldn't get it out of my mind.

On Saturday morning, I made the biscuits as that was going to be the only time I would probably have available since we had a full schedule of activities for the day

Buttermilk Biscuits

Ingredients:
2 c. flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick cold unsalted butter, diced
3/4 c. buttermilk, plus 4 T
2 T butter, melted

Preheat oven to 450 degrees with your rack in the middle.

Place flour, powder, soda, sugar and salt in food processor and mix to combine in six 1-second pulses.

Distribute butter evenly over and pulse 12 times. Pour buttermilk over and pulse 8 to 10 times, until wet clump forms.

Transfer dough to lightly floured surface and pat into a ball. Using floured rolling pin, gently roll out to 1/2 inch thick. Use floured biscuit-cutter to cut 8-9 biscuits.

This morning, I made the gravy part with my own additions for my husband. He was so excited as the smell filled the room.

Sausage and gravy (for biscuits and gravy)

Ingredients:

1 lbs of sausage (I used generic sage breakfast sausage)
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup milk
splash of cream (optional, I had some on hand)
dash of cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste

Brown the sausage until cooked. Remove the sausage but leave the drippings. Add butter to the drippings and when melted add the flour and stir constantly until incorporated (about 1 min). Add milk, cream, cayenne, salt and pepper and whisk constantly until brought to a simmer. Turn down the heat and let it thicken, whisking occasionally. Pour over biscuits and sausage and eat.

I will never used store bought AGAIN!
I will definitely make this again!

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