Folks, I am on a mission– a mission to make the perfect biscuit. I have made a successful souffle, I have baked 600 macarons in a week, and I have roasted a tasty 16 pound turkey, but I have never made a perfect biscuit. Don’t get me wrong– I’ve made absolutely delicious biscuits, and even fluffy, tall biscuits, but I have never made biscuits with both qualities. As a southern girl, this is particularly embarrassing. In my ongoing quest to perfect biscuits, I picked up an important ingredient:

White Lily FlourI’ve been looking for White Lily flour on and off for years. I am not sure why I was never able to find it in Texas, since after all, it is a southern flour. By some twist of fate, I ran across it at the ghetto Kroger in Columbus, Ohio. Now, I do not need another bag of flour. There are 8 or 9 other varieties of flours taking up valuable cabinet and counter space in my kitchen, and most are not so specialized that their main application is one type of baked good, but again, I am on a mission! I will just have to spend that much more time daydreaming about a walk-in pantry.

risingThis time I tried a biscuit recipe with yeast, hoping that it would contribute some rising capabilities. The result is a airy, light biscuit with a distinct flavor. It also includes the addition of hard boiled egg yolks, which contribute a velvety richness. The recipe is, of course, from this cookbook.

biscuit and jamIn the end, it’s a delightful biscuit, but it’s not the biscuit of my dreams. I’ll keep looking, and in the meantime, I’ll have a tasty treat to eat.

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7 Responses to biscuits

  1. Nick says:

    Question: Why is this the first I’m hearing about these? I didn’t even get to eat one.

  2. Jessica says:

    I froze some for you so you could eat them fresh baked!

  3. Jacob says:

    Let me know when you find the perfect recipie, I still support our family biscuit-lunch-truck idea.

  4. Jessica says:

    Whaaaat? This is the first I’m hearing about a biscuit lunch truck.

  5. Jacob says:

    Yeah, apparently food trucks are a booming segment in the recession so we speculated as to what kind of truck we should have. I was all for a biscuit truck.

  6. Cathy Harrison says:

    White Lily was purchased by Smucker’s from CH Guenther and Sons who have been milling flour since 1851. Guenther and Sons are based in San Antonio and still sell the Pioneer, White Wings and Morrison brands. They have opened their old family home there with a restaurant, gift shop and tour of the home. Laura and I had lunch there a couple of years ago and toured the house. It was very nice and like visiting family, you would love it! Here’s their website
    I have no advice for making biscuits, though…we love Pillsbury Southern Style Frozen Biscuits!

  7. Jessica says:

    awesome, thanks for the info! i grew up eating the pilsbury biscuits from the tube, and i think that’s what i’m trying to recreate from scratch– those are good biscuits.

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