Saturday, August 25, 2007

Crying?! There's no crying in baking!

Biscuits. I was terrified to make them and I think they knew. I pulled out my Alton Brown cookbook to find the perfect scientifically based biscuit recipe. I found it. He promised me I would have award winning biscuits. He has yet to fail me, so I jumped in. I froze the butter. I grated it into the dry ingredients. I rubbed in the butter instead of cut. I bought an enormous tub of plain yogurt because he said it makes them fluffier. I mixed. I turned it out onto floured waxed paper. And this is what I got:

Which turned into this:

And finally this:

I was incredibly frustrated in the kitchen and my husband had to yell from our dining room in progress that they were only biscuits. He just has no idea. I hate kitchen failures! Once I decided to just throw the mess away, I looked in my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook for another biscuit recipe. Turns out I didn't have enough flour to try again because I had wasted two cups on this disaster. Sigh. I ended up walking to Aldi's to buy buttermilk biscuits in a tube and a bag of flour. I'm not seeing another biscuit attempt in my near future, but at least now I have the flour.

While the biscuits may have been my greatest cooking disaster to date, my sausage gravy and eggs turned out quite yummy. I used a recipe I got off the Nest a long time ago, I think from nestie TexasSmith (It was Krashed24, from this blog. Sorry Amber!). It turned out much better then the darn biscuits. The eggs were nothing special, but I did snip in some chives and I always whisk in water, not milk, to make the eggs super fluffy. While my "breakfast" wasn't actually finished until 1:15 in the afternoon, I at least got to eat some pretty tasty gravy. It was even made with fresh from the hog sausage. My mother-in-law sent us home with a few pounds of a friend's pig, so I figured gravy was the way to go. Very tasty.

Sausage Gravy
from Amber

1 lb pork sausage
2 T chopped onion
6 T flour (I used more since I used skim milk)
4 c milk
1/2 t sage (I used poultry seasoning because some caterpillar decided to eat my fresh herbs)
1/4 t salt
black pepper
In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the sausage and onion until sausage is no longer pink. Drain, reserving 2 T drippings (my sausage didn't get any drippings, so I melted in some butter). Stir flour into sausage and drippings until blended. Cook and stir until light golden brown. Add seasonings, then gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir until desired consistency.


Renea said...

Aww I'm sorry. Everything else looks great though!

DeborahSW said...

Lol... aw, I'm sorry for the loss, but it does make for a funny post. I hate when things don't turn out too!

Meredith & Eric said...

Poor thing. I'm so sorry your biscuits turned out like that! You wouldn't think it would be that difficult.

I tend to make drop biscuits when I'm in a hurry, and they taste just as great; they just don't look as perfect.

Amber said...

Sorry to hear about the biscuit disaster. Just so you know, you are not alone, my first homemade biscuit attempt was not so great either. I am sure you will nail it next time though. Glad you enjoyed the gravy.