Before I post too many more gravy recipes, I feel it's probably time to share my recipe for BISCUITS.
A little meat, water or milk, a bit of flour and a person could make a whole skillet of food over a campfire. Add a quick-cooking bread raised with yeast, sourdough or baking powder and it stretched the bit of meat even farther, and becoming a quick, but filling meal.
1 cup plain (unsweetened!) plant milk
2 teaspoons vinegar
1 pkg dry yeast (I use the "Rapid-Rise" or "Pizza-Crust" version, which seems to work best here)
1 tsp sugar
1/4 cup warm water
3 1/2+ cups all-purpose white flour, (plus more as needed to flatten dough)
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 stick cold vegan margarine, cut into small chunks
3 Tbsp coconut oil, chilled slightly (firm but not rock hard)
(*Optionally, you can add 1/4 cup chopped herbs or chives, or 1/2 cup shredded vegan cheddar cheese if you want)
-- Mix plant milk and vinegar in a small bowl.
-- Set it aside for a few minutes to thicken.
-- Mix the yeast, sugar and warm water in another bowl. Set aside.
-- Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
-- Add the margarine and coconut oil
-- Using a pastry blender, or two knives, cut the butter and coconut oil into the flour until the butter is about the size of peas/grains of rice.
-- Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the milk mixture all at once.
-- Add the yeast mixture.
-- Gently combine the flour and liquids with a fork just until it is absorbed into the flour.
-- The dough should be fairly sticky. (Add a little more liquid if it's too dry. Add a little more flour if too soft.)
-- Stir as little as possible to avoid tough biscuits.
-- Spread 1/4 cup flour heavily on counter surface.
-- Dump the dough out onto the flour and knead /work flour in a bit - JUST until it's not too sticky to handle.
-- It should still be very soft and squishy.
|Biscuits and jelly on the porch |
-- Cut it into about 9 (3-inch) rounds using a biscuit cutter, canning jar ring or drinking glass. Cut STRAIGHT DOWN. DO NOT TWIST the cutter. (Super important!) Use scraps to form another biscuit or two but don't over-handle.
-- Place the biscuits on a baking stone or cookie sheet, just barely touching.
-- Preheat oven to 425°F.
-- Let biscuits sit for 1/2 hr. to 45 min. while you make the gravy or prepare the rest of breakfast.
-- Bake for 5 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 400°F.
-- Continue to bake until golden brown, about 15+ minutes or until a toothpick comes clean out of a center biscuit .
Top with Cream/White Gravy or Sausage Gravy (recipe coming soon!).
Or jam or syrup or apple sauce or fresh fruit ... or whatever you want!!