Monday, December 31, 2007

These are the sourdough biscuits I made yesterday. They are so yummy! Maggie learned how to make biscuits taste buttery like KFC or Chick Fila. You melt 4 tbsp of butter in your 9x13, then dip your biscuits individually, on both top and bottom, in the butter before baking in the remaining butter. It works, but it's hard to enjoy knowing how much butter there is!
I also made the sourdough soft pretzels. The pretzel on the left I baked in a covered cast iron dutch oven. What a difference that made ~ but I could only fit one pretzel at a time. The pretzel on the right was just regular baking. Both were delicious and disappeared quickly.
The homemade cherry jam was a gift to us from a local friend. It was sooo delicious. The cherries came from her trees.

Well, I've taken the big step, and I've started listing on eBay again. It is always hard for me to stop, and even harder to start up again. But I have three pianos that will need tuning soon. Anna is so excited! She loves choosing fabrics and working together in our quilting room.

Today we are madly cleaning for our New Year's Eve party this evening. Maggie will be doing most/all? of the cooking. If you live nearby, please feel free to join us from 7 to midnight.

Have a wonderful, blessed new year.

Many blessings ~ Kathie

Recipe for Sourdough Biscuits

Evening before:
1 cup starter
1 cup milk
1 cup all-purpose flour.
Cover with plastic wrap and set at room temp.

12-18 hours later:
1-1/2 cups flour
1 tbsp sugar
3/4 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cream of tartar

Whisk dry ingredients together. Work in 1/3 cup shortening.

Dilute 1/2 tsp baking soda in a tsp of water. Add to the wet mixture. Add dry mixture. Mix to a soft dough. Knead lightly a few times to get in shape. Roll out and cut into biscuits. Bake at 375 degrees until golden. (Do not use a rolling pin to roll out dough...just use your fingers.)

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