Not long now before the family gathers for Easter dinner and since I'm using a 'new' recipe for the biscuits, hubby & I thought we'd better do a 'test' run!
This is actually a family (secret) recipe that my sweet Uncle Hen (real name Clyde) shared with my daughter, Carolyn & I back in 2006. They are the biscuits HIS mom used to make when he & his 11 other brothers & sisters were growing up. Unfortunately we lost Uncle Hen this past December but I know he would be THRILLED that we are continuing the biscuit tradition. My Mom doesn't know I'm making them so she'll hopefully be pleasantly surprised.
YEAH! SUCCESS ... they are DELICIOUS!
The tin cans in the background are 'recycled' tuna cans. THAT is what these biscuits are baked in! I'm afraid I'm NOT ALLOWED (sworn to family secrecy ... my own mother doesn't even have it) to share the actual recipe but the fun part of this process in that you cut the dough with the can then place the dough in the can for the second proofing before baking. They make a nice shape and it works PERFECTLY!
Here are a couple of pictures we took when Uncle Hen was stepping us through the process ... he was 83 years old at the time. He continued to make these biscuits to share at our annual family reunion (over 100 people in attendance) until last year when his health didn't permit it. But God Bless them ... his son's stepped in and under Uncle Hen's guidance, they got enough made in time for the reunion.
Please ignore Uncle Hen's oven ... it had obviously seen a lot of baking between cleanings and possibly a fire or two by the looks of it! LOL! In this lower photo he was rotating the tins (note the 'oven mitts' ... aka work gloves) ... he felt that was necessary for even baking (probably because this oven was so old).
I wish you all a very happy day today and I hope you are looking forward to your Easter family gathering as much as I am. Little surprises are always fun ...
Thanks for stopping by and as always ...