Posted by: thedirtybaker | December 21, 2013

Use Water, Milk, or Beer

Where do kids learn to cook?  Usually at home, though my middle school still offered home economics classes (cooking and sewing).  They used simple recipes to introduce kids to basic cooking techniques.  I don’t know how successful it was – my mother taught me to cook when I was about 7 – but I was happy to be cooking at school (and to be done with the sewing portion of the class).  Some of my classmates had never even boiled water or reheated food themselves.  

This drop biscuit recipe is not from my Home Ec class, however; it’s from my sister’s class 4 years earlier.  It’s one of my go-to options when I needed a last-minute potluck offering, and is also useful when I want bread in less than 3 hours and don’t want to go to a store.  Eat them right away – they’re merely okay the next day.

Sharon’s Baking Powder Biscuits

2 c. flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1 c. milk, water, or beer.  Maybe seltzer.*
2 ½ Tbsp. shortening or butter**
1 tsp. salt

Sift dry ingredients together.  Blend butter into flour.  Make a well in the center.  Into this, pour all the liquid at once.  Stir only until all the flour is moistened.  Drop by spoonfuls on a greased pan or in greased muffin pan and bake in a very hot oven, 450° F, 10-15 minutes.

*Beer was not given as an option for the 7th graders, but it works well.  If you make a batch and a half of this recipe, you can use up a full bottle or can of bad beer that someone left at your house.  If you want to try a gluten-free version, use gluten-free baking mix and seltzer/ soda water as the liquid.  I have no idea if it will work, but it’s worth a try.

**Use butter.  Always use butter.  The original recipe used shortening, but butter makes everything better.


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