Family Recipe Friday-Aunt Carra’s Baking Powder Biscuits

“The best laid plans of mice and men”, and so went the idea of getting this posted by the end of Friday evening. Hum this seems like a trend as of late, although there was a post earlier on Friday so at least I can say I did write something on Friday. 😀

With Aunt Carra’s recipe ingredients all typed out,  I came to the assembling part of the recipe, the recipe called for  the biscuits to be nuked! Now that does not sound like an old family recipe to me. How about you? So I put a call into Mom, after all it was her Aunts recipe, to ask if she had given me the correct recipe. Now mind you Mom is usually home in the evening, but you know when you go out for the night every one has left you a message on the phone. I received a call from her around 11 ish last night and to say the least she was perplexed!  When did you get your first microwave she asked, I said,” well about 1979 or 1980″, next question was when did Aunt Carra pass away? In my records it says March 3, 1988, so if that is the correct date, she could well have transferred it to a microwave recipe.

One memory that my Mom did mention about these biscuits was that Grandma always removed things such as soda and backing powder from boxes and put them in jars with tape on them to name the contents. Aunt Carra made these biscuits once at Grandma’s home and accidentally put baking soda in the mix instead of baking powder, guess they were pretty yucky they laugh about it now, not sure if the did then.

Hoping I translated it correctly here is Aunt Carra’s Baking Powder Biscuits
1/3 c. shortening
1/4 c. all-purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 t. salt
+ – cup milk
paprika topping =1 tablespoon butter + 1/8 teaspoon paprika

Cut shortening into flour, baking powder, and salt with a pastry blender until crumbly (fine) Stir in milk so dough leaves the side of the bowl and rounds into a ball. To much = stick not enough to dry.

Turn dough into “lightly floured board” knead 10x , roll to 1/2″ cut with 2″ biscuit cutter. Arrange with sides almost touching in a circle on a 10″ microwave plate, brush top with paprika topping. Microwave uncovered on 100% heat 1 minute turn repeat till not doughy.

Note: after microwaved biscuits can be broiled if desired, brush top with margarine or butter. Broil 2″ from heat 2-4 minutes.

Bon Appétit!

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  1. The recipe is caleld “Granny Boyd’s Biscuits”… it’s from Nigella Lawson’s book “how to be a domestic goddess” but I guess you may be able to find it online somewhere?They’re a great “emergency” biscuit recipe as you just need store cupboard things + butter. I overcooked them a bit as I’ve not baked in this oven before but they were still very tasty :)

    • Hi,
      That is great to know. The reason I called them Aunt Carra’s Baking powder biscuts is because they were sent to my grandmother in a letter from her. There was not other author known :D! Thank you for stopping by! Julie

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