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Thanks for the cat head biscuit definition, Perry. My dad said he grew up on sawmill gravy and cathead biscuits. He said sawmill gravy was white gravy made with Borden's condensed milk. There were no cows in the sawmill camps. I never thought to ask him what cathead biscuits were. My dad never had a beefsteak until he was fourteen. No fresh beef in sawmill towns either, only salted sowbelly.
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I stand corrected and have made the necessary adjustments to reflect the correction. I will change the sound file tomorrow and also take the acute off the E so that people can search for this word without having the E acute.
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@Perry I don't think we have a direct analog - quick bit of googling shows them to be something like a bread roll but made like a scone? Not something I know of to be honest. Dumplings yes, scones on say a cobbler but nothing quite like what I am seeing.
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Biscuits are made with flour, baking powder, then milk or buttermilk, perhaps salt and a couple of other ingredients. One rolls out the dough flat, then cuts into circles with a biscuit cutter, or even the top of a glass. Bake for about 15-20 minutes, then slice sideways to insert butter. There are dozens of variations easily found online. I once got into the kitchen and made several variations until I found something close to what I remember from childhood. The trick was to use about a teaspoon of baking powder plus a quarter to half teaspoon of baking soda to bring out the buttermilk flavor. Plus my personal preference, but I've eaten all sorts of good biscuits. Over here, people often add fruit preserves. Another favorite in the south this to slice them sideways, lay them flat on a plate, and cover with red eye gravy, for which there are also many recipes. It's basically flour and water with a bit of meat broth added for flavor.
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