Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Blind Lemon Biscuits

Watching my savings shrink and shrink and shrink has caused me to listen to The Blues lately. This AM, I woke up and as usal felt sorry for myself ad put on some  Blind Lemon Jefferson   (He taught Leadbelly how to play blues. BL's a man who's life is a mystery but left 110 priceless recordings which are like the foundation of modern blues and therefore tiny bands like The Rolling Stones Led Zeppelin). I love BL: He's the man. He makes me feel nostalgic and proud to be an American. He also makes me depressed to the point where I want to shoot myself in the eye with a dart gun. So once I was done weeping all over my kitchen floor, I got powerful hungry. I figured that Biscuits are pretty much the ultimate poor man's food so I whipped up a batch of "Blind Lemon Biscuits."  I think if ole Lemon were alive, he might write a song about them. But unfortunately he's history. Just like our savings accounts.

Blind Lemon Biscuits

2 cups flour
5 Tbs butter
1 Tbs sugar
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp lemon  (just a touch)
1 1/2 cups buttermilk

Preheat oven to 450. Grease a pie tin. Mix your dry ingredients together in a bowl with a wooden spoon. Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter or use two forks like my grandma used to. The mixture should be coarse and pebbly. Using the spoon, slowly stir in a half the buttermilk, then the lemon, then the rest of the buttermilk until the mixture just leaves the side of your bowl. It should be sticky but not soggy. Flour your hands generously and scoop out about a 1/4 cup into your hands and GENTLY form a ball. GENTLY place into your pie pan and pat the biscuit down to roughly a 1/2 inch or so. Repeat. Bake em until they're brown on top for 10-15 mins, depending on your oven. Serve with honey, butter, jam or mustard and ham. If you have chicory coffee in your cupboard, now's the time.

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