My Grandmother's Recipes | Biscuits

October 8, 2013

My Grandmother, also known as Nanny was always know as a great cook in our family.

At least later in life, my grandfather claims she burned toast constantly when they were first married.

Right before she died in 2009 she had started compiling all of her recipes with the intention to get my sister to type them up and they would make a little book for the family. She was never able to finish the book, and I immediately snatched up the recipes wit the same intent to create a book for the family. 

I didn't exactly do very well at that. 

Four years later I have two of her envelopes typed up, partially because life got in my way, and partially due to the fact that I get into these "in my head" arguments with her about how she categorized the recipes. 

We just don't think alike on that front. 

Casseroles had their own envelope.

However, meat was listed as miscellaneous. 

That women, I swear she has her own way of doing things. 

To get to the point... here I am now, finally finishing what she started. Four years later. My train of thought on this is that if I blogged it all, I'd actually finish it in a decent manner. So for the next several weeks, and I mean several, I will be cooking, photographing, and sharing all of her recipes. 

I've been thinking of this as a type of Julie and Julia moment, this is Southern stuff people, and I am far from the Southern cook. I'm more of the grilled, roasted, health nut cook. I bake some, but I'm not a girl raised on Chicken n' Dumplings or Chicken Fried Steak. 

It's never been my thing. 

Just as an example, I can make souffle, but I've never made rice on the stove without burning it half to death. 

So let's get to our first recipe from ole Nellie Sue (which she hated her name by the way). 

I honestly don't recall this recipe much. Maybe when we were kids at the camp and she made breakfast. 

They are divine though. 

This is one of those biscuit recipes that you should never tell people how you made them, but just keep bringing them to Sunday School with jelly, butter, and bacon. 

People will love you. 

Nanny's Biscuits
makes 16

4 cups of Pioneer Brand Baking Mix
3/4 cup 7-Up
8 oz sour cream (I used fat free)
1/4 cup of butter, melted

Preheat oven to 400. Combine all ingredients except butter, incorporate until it is combined completely and forms a good dough ball. Roll out the dough on a floured surface (I just used more Pioneer Mix) to about 3/4 to an inch and cut with a biscuit cutter. Place on a baking stone and brush the tops with melted butter. Bake 10-12 minutes. 

While I'm all about cutting calorie corners, I wouldn't suggest using diet 7-Up. I also only had whole wheat flour on hand, so I used Pioneer Mix to flour my counter. I'm sure Jeremy would have died had whole wheat touched his biscuit. 

When I tell you these are insanely easy and fool proof, I'm not kidding. They taste amazing and taste very close to Popeye's Biscuits, but they are a lot lighter and very fluffy. Almost like a hybrid of Popeye's and KFC. 

I hope y'all enjoy the weeks to come where I interject my Grandmother's recipes for my healthy things. 

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