Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Granny Wilkins' Sourdough Starter (for making biscuits)

Grandma Bridges gave me this recipe.  Granny Wilkins was her mother's mother (Granny Goose's mom).  Grandma says that she was the all-time queen of biscuit making.  Grandma's dad, Sam Allen, would joke with the children that when they were going to Granny Wilkins they should take a biscuit from home in their pocket since Granny couldn't cook biscuits.  This would cause the children to cry out in protest to defend  her.

1 3/4 cups flour
2 cups warm water
1 Tbsp sugar
1 pkg. yeast

Mix all togither in large non-metal bowl with non-metal spoon.  Cover with a cloth and let stand 48 hours before using.

Use this starter instead of buttermilk when making biscuits.

I asked Grandma why she would need to replace the buttermilk in her biscuits.  She said that Granny only had one cow and with everyone drinking milk there wasn't always enough.  They also made a lot of cream pies, and biscuits were served with nearly every meal.

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