As I was feeding the chickens and collecting eggs I discovered that I have yet another hen wanting to go broody on me. She pecked at me and drew blood when I collected the eggs this morning. If I let her have her way we will be eating a lot of chicken this fall.
I made biscuits this morning using my favorite recipe thus far. They turned out nicely and I took advantage of our company to make Nancy Sweet serve as a biscuit guinea pig. I already had to heat up the oven so I could bake short cake for tomorrow night. Short cake is really just a sweet biscuit so I baked them together, 12 minutes at 425 degrees. I used Short Cake Recipe II on page 83 of my favorite retro cook book, the Fannie Farmer Boston Cooking School Cookbook. The ingredients are 2 cups flour, 4 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon sugar, 3/4 cup milk, and 1/3 cup butter. I mixed the dry ingredients, cut in the butter, added the milk, rolled them out on a floured board, and cut them into heart shapes. I did modify the recipe a little in that I substituted buttermilk and 1 teaspoon of baking soda rather than the milk and baking powder. I'd rather not have the extraneous aluminum phosphate and corn starch that comes from baking powder in my baked goods.
|Freshly baked short cake|