For those of you not blessed enough by God to be from the south, I have a few biscuit hints. Be sure to sift your flour. Always. Also, use biscuit flour if you can find it. Bread flour for bread. Cake flour for cakes. Biscuit flour for biscuits. It's a gluten thing. The different gluten levels are what give the different textures. Any time you add shortening/butter to flour mixture you should add it first. Cut it in with a fork or pastry cutter until you have a mixture that is roughly the consistency of cornmeal. Then gently mix in your other wet ingredients. Handle the dough as little as possible. Just enough to get the ingredients mixed. Too much handling will make the biscuits heavy and dense.
I am trying to find a cheese biscuit recipe from back home. If I can get it I will post it for you. The aren't biscuits with a slice of cheese added. That would be, well, a biscuit with a slice of cheese added. They aren't biscuits with cheese sprinkled on top. Those would be, well, biscuits with cheese sprinkled on top. They are the biscuits with cheese mixed into the dough either. No, sir. These biscuits can only be found in a select few places in eastern NC. Imagine a jelly doughnut except in stead of doughnut you have a cat head biscuit and in stead of jelly you have a reservoir of melted hoop cheese. Yeah, baby...
Well, it turns out that it would be easier to get scalar weapon secrets from out government that the recipe for these biscuit. So, I will try to get relatives still in NC to try to get the recipe for me. Until then, keep practicing your biscuit making.
One more thing. For those of you that like buttermilk biscuits, buttermilk is no longer buttermilk. Buttermilk used to be the left over milk from butter production. It actually had bits of butter floating in it. The melted bits of butter was what mad the biscuits so good. You can try to fake it if you want. Good luck with that. I will say that the secret to a great cookie is to not completely mix the butter all the way into the dough. You should still have small bits of butter visible. Trust me. I know good food.
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