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Re: Biscuits and Gravy 2016/05/11 11:25:28 (permalink)
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I don't know soft wheat flour.  We don't get White Lily in Los Angeles.
 
 


Soft wheat flour is pastry flour and it's winter wheat.  I'm sure you can find pastry flour somewhere in LA.
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Re: Biscuits and Gravy 2016/05/11 11:35:44 (permalink)
Lisa, is pastry flour the same as cake flour?
 
(Would I really make biscuits?)
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Re: Biscuits and Gravy 2016/05/11 12:05:42 (permalink)
Heck, just get a box of Bisquick. It makes terrific biscuits.
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Re: Biscuits and Gravy 2016/05/11 12:19:09 (permalink)
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Lisa, is pastry flour the same as cake flour?
 
(Would I really make biscuits?)


They are very similar.  The difference is in the amount of protein.  Pastry flour has about 9% and cake flour 7-8%.  But if all you can find is AP flour, use a scant cup and add 2T corn starch.  I have only used cake flour when a cake recipe calls for it.  I used pastry flour a LOT when I lived in France!  You cannot make proper puff pastry without it.  As for biscuits........they're not too fragile.  I have always used AP flour.
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Re: Biscuits and Gravy 2016/05/11 12:21:45 (permalink)
I made homemade biscuits once in my life.  The NHL turned them down because they were too hard.
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Re: Biscuits and Gravy 2016/05/11 12:37:51 (permalink)
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I made homemade biscuits once in my life.  The NHL turned them down because they were too hard.


You worked the dough too much.  Cut the shortening into the flour and other dry ingredients with a pastry cutter.  Then add the buttermilk and stir with a fork.  When it's still crumbly, turn out onto a floured surface and just smoosh it together until you have a rough ball.  Doesn't have to be perfect.  Roll out, cut and bake.  Do NOT knead the dough at ANY time. 
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Re: Biscuits and Gravy 2016/05/11 13:27:18 (permalink)
Thank you!  Might try it again.  Need more calories!
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Re: Biscuits and Gravy 2016/05/11 13:37:36 (permalink)
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Thank you!  Might try it again.  Need more calories!


Have another "spaghetti for four". 
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Re: Biscuits and Gravy 2016/10/02 19:23:53 (permalink)
Mrs. Chicken and I had breakfast this morning at Third Street Diner in Menasha, WI and I ordered the sausage biscuits and gravy (2 smaller biscuit halves around sausage patties).  The biscuits seemed fresh and recently made as they crumbled well, and the gravy had good flavor.  The sausage patties themselves were a little bit salty but the gravy and biscuits helped to offset that.
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Re: Biscuits and Gravy 2016/10/03 09:36:57 (permalink)
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Heck, just get a box of Bisquick. It makes terrific biscuits.


That is the easiest way...drop biscuits with Bisquick.
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Re: Biscuits and Gravy 2016/10/03 09:49:54 (permalink)
When I was a kid,mom always made drop biscuits with bisquick. Once in a while, she'd make the regular biscuits...but drop biscuits were the family standard.
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Re: Biscuits and Gravy 2016/10/03 10:19:15 (permalink)
I make the drop biscuits with Bisquick.
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Re: Biscuits and Gravy 2016/10/03 10:28:37 (permalink)
Quick and delicious. 
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Re: Biscuits and Gravy 2016/10/03 12:36:43 (permalink)
Yep. Stick your thumb into the top, turn it around a couple of times, and then pour some orange blossom honey into the hole. Deee-licious!
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