Quick Mix

March 16, 2018 - Easy Puff Pastry

Like puff pastry–except easy! It’s easy because we’re going to use self-rising flour (or your favorite baking mix). The salt is already in the self-rising flour, along with baking powder, which gives a slightly different result than if you started with all-purpose flour. Flaky layers, with a bit of rise. The texture with self-rising flour...
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April 14, 2015 - The Best of Biscuits

I’ve written about biscuits many times on this website. Biscuits are good people. Case in point, one of my favorites, Biscuits and Gravy. Or Sour Cream Raisin Biscuits. And don’t forget the Ultimate Cheddar Bay Biscuits. (My homemade take on the famous Red Lobster treats.) Of course, once you have a Homemade Biscuit Mix, the...
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May 7, 2014 - Miss Kay’s Cookbook

On the way home from Texas, we passed through West Monroe, Louisiana. I couldn’t resist stopping at the Duck Commander warehouse store, which isn’t far off the interstate. I’m a fan of the Duck Dynasty show, so this seemed unreasonably exciting. Weston and Morgan are not fans, but at least they woke up for it....
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October 11, 2013 - A Flaky Experiment

A few weeks ago when I was in New Orleans at a booksellers trade show, I met Belinda Ellis, the author of Biscuits: A Savor the South® Cookbook. I didn’t manage to come away with her book–I was too loaded down bringing home books for Morgan–but I did learn an interesting biscuit trick from her...
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May 29, 2013 - Beer Batter Fried Chicken

I love fried chicken (who doesn’t) and beer batter is one of the easiest ways to make it–and have it come out perfect every time. Beer batter is a “puffy” coating because of the baking powder, so it also makes a “pretty” fried chicken. I use my homemade baking mix, but you can substitute any...
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April 24, 2013 - Freezing Biscuits

I’m prepping ahead biscuits for the upcoming wool retreat, and also got an email recently asking about making ahead biscuits, so here’s how I do it. Yesterday, I made three dozen biscuits. I’ll be making more biscuits today, but this is about the size of batch I can get in a big bowl and deal...
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January 10, 2013 - The Trouble with Biscuits

Nearly four years ago, I experimented with a recipe to reproduce the “Cheddar Bay” biscuits from Red Lobster. I love those biscuits, but it’s extremely rare for me to go out to eat, much less to a Red Lobster. I came up with a delicious, flavorful drop biscuit that was everything I wanted it to...
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August 28, 2011 - Figs & Cream Coffee Cake

The artists are here! The artists are here! Kelly Walker and her art student, Linda, arrived yesterday afternoon from Virginia to paint my walls. I set them to work right away–not painting–making cheese! They made a pot of mozzarella and I shredded it for pizza last night made with fresh herbs and tomatoes from my...
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March 28, 2011 - Mulling Spice Muffins

It’s cold, and it’s not supposed to be cold. IT’S SPRING. What is that about??? If it’s going to feel like Christmas, we might as well have a treat. I have a recipe for mulling spice cookies (anyone interested in that?), but I wasn’t in a cookie mood. I was in a muffin mood, so...
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February 23, 2011 - Fast Cinnamon Buns

Yesterday, I had a cinnamon bun emergency. I needed cinnamon buns, and I needed them right away. I didn’t have time for overnight cinnamon rolls, even if I baked them right away. I didn’t have time for yeast. This was an emergency, I’m telling you! So I turned to Quick Mix, my homemade baking mix,...
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January 25, 2011 - Yogurt and Granola Bread

I’ve been on a yogurt and granola kick lately. Yogurt–with jam–and granola for breakfast. Every day. Eventually, yogurt in a bowl wasn’t enough. I needed to bake some bread with yogurt. And granola. I thought about putting the jam in there, too, but decided it could just go on top of a thick buttered slice...
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January 20, 2011 - Butter Sticks

After I posted about my vintage Rumford Cookbook, and made the mistake of assuming baking powder was no longer sold under the Rumford name (having never seen it on the shelf myself), a number of you told you that you had Rumford in your various areas. Then one of you, whaledancer, sent me some Rumford...
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August 30, 2010 - Angel Biscuits

Angel biscuits are light, flaky, tender biscuits that are different from standard biscuits because they ride the fence between a quick bread and a yeast bread. They traditionally include not only baking powder but also baking soda….and YEAST. (If these biscuits don’t rise with all that, just throw your oven out the window.) My mother...
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May 20, 2010 - Have Your Tea and Eat Your Muffin, Too

After hearing all sorts of talk about tea bread lately, I’ve been having a hankering to try it myself. The concept of tea bread is simple–replace the water in any recipe with tea. If I was a normal person, I would just make a loaf of Grandmother Bread with tea instead of water, but I...
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March 13, 2010 - Strawberries & Cream Coffee Cake

This past weekend, I came into 16 pounds of fresh, delectable strawberries. (From Florida. We’re still a couple months off strawberry season here.) I made a list of things to can right away. Strawberry syrup! Strawberry-lemon marmalade! A spring conserve with strawberries, pineapple, raisins, and nuts! Oh, the fun! What was left over, I put...
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February 11, 2010 - Crock Pot Pear Buckle

Remember all my pears? I love fruit crumbles, crisps, slumps, cobblers, grunts, pandowdies, whatever you want to call them. I’m calling this one a buckle. Just because I can. And I’m making it with pears. Just because I have a freezer full of pears. Ever wonder what the difference is between a buckle and a...
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February 6, 2010 - Beer Bread

Beer bread is so easy, you can make it in five minutes! You can make it even easier if you use my homemade baking mix, Quick Mix (or a store-bought baking mix). I’m going to tell you how to make it from scratch two ways, too, if you aren’t a baking mix user at all....
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December 28, 2009 - Drop Biscuits

I’m slightly on a biscuit craze due to my biscuit deprivation during the Great Power Outage of 2009. Drop biscuits are a sort of biscuit cheat–cutting out the cutting out (and rolling out and so on). It saves a little mess, and a little time. It makes a bit of a messier-looking biscuit (more rustic),...
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November 10, 2009 - Old-Fashioned Cornbread Dressing

I grew up on this cornbread dressing. There was never a Thanksgiving without it, and leftovers were fought over as if it were pie. It’s the real, old-fashioned dressing. Dressing that knows it’s dressing. Nothing fancy, but delicious in a simplicity that trusts the basic flavor combination that is so home. Dressing is largely bread,...
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October 24, 2009 - Make-Ahead Honey-Pecan Biscuits

These biscuits are ridiculous. I dreamed them up out of a relentless hankering for honey and butter and pecans–all somehow tucked up and around and into one of my favorite things on earth, a biscuit. I wanted them to taste like Sunday mornings and holidays and home. I wanted them to be sweet and rich...
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October 5, 2009 - Winter Squash Muffins

I have bunches of squash these days and I’ve had a hankering since the other day to make these squash muffins. I ended up making a few changes, starting with switching it to a Quick Mix recipe, among other things. You can use any winter squash in this recipe. I used butternut here. To prepare...
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May 15, 2009 - Ultimate Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Love Red Lobster’s famous Cheddar Bay drop biscuits? This is them. Maybe better than them. Would I lie? I’ve been studying up on these biscuits for awhile, ever since several months ago when I accidentally came across a recipe purporting to be Red Lobster’s Cheddar Bay biscuits. I tried them and wasn’t completely impressed. Something...
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April 25, 2009 - Over-the-Top Cinnamon Streusel Biscuits

Biscuit do-over. When I made the Sour Cream Raisin Biscuits, by reader request for a recipe for cinnamon raisin biscuits, I felt really guilty about forgetting the cinnamon. I had to make more biscuits, this time with raisins and cinnamon. I have a way of getting obsessed about things like biscuits. And about things like...
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April 24, 2009 - Sour Cream Raisin Biscuits

Sweet, moist, packed with raisins, and hot out of the oven, these are quite possibly the best biscuits in the history of biscuits. I don’t say that lightly–biscuits have a long history. I guess you’ll just have to try them for yourself to be the judge. Then let me know what you think! This recipe...
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April 2, 2009 - Chicken ‘n’ Biscuits

People ask me for recipes all the time. I never forget, so if you’ve asked me to post a recipe and I haven’t yet, it’s because either I haven’t found the recipe you requested yet, or I haven’t perfected it yet. When I’m asked about an old-time recipe in particular, I do a lot of...
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March 15, 2009 - Biscuits & Gravy

Want me to fix you a plate? Biscuits with sausage gravy competes with The Ultimate Breakfast Casserole as my kids’ favorite lazy weekend breakfast, and sometimes we even have it for dinner. One, biscuits. Two, sausage. Three, gravy. How can you go wrong with that combo? It’s no surprise it’s such a country breakfast staple....
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September 19, 2008 - Rum-Raisin Apple Butter & Easy Apple Butter Coffee Cake

Apple butter in autumn is an Appalachian tradition. Historically, it’s a day-long event. Whole families would join together to simmer apple butter in copper kettles as big as wash tubs. This tradition is largely lost, but you can still find communities coming together over apple butter. The little church in town is making apple butter...
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July 28, 2008 - Summer Vegetable Pie

It’s that time of year. You know, when if you don’t have a garden of your own overflowing with squash and zucchini, somebody you know does and they’re dropping it off with you by the bagful. Or just setting it on your front porch and running. Not that there’s anything wrong with squash and zucchini....
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