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Southern Breads and Biscuits

Traditional Southern Biscuits

Making biscuits is a skill that all good southern cooks should master.  There is nothing more satisfyingly Southern than a light flaky biscuit with gravy or homemade jam.  Biscuits are quick and easy to make and  economical as well.

The secret to good biscuits is in the mixing.  The dry ingredients must be kept separate from the wet until ready to bake, then mixed only as much as needed to make the dough.  Over mixing will develop gluten and result in a tough chewy biscuit.

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Sweet Potato Biscuits
Buttermilk Biscuits
Self-Rising Biscuits
Drop Biscuits
Cheese Biscuits
Whole Wheat Biscuits
Whipped-Cream Biscuits
Festive Specialty Biscuits

Ham Biscuits
Praline Scones
Roquefort-Blue Cheese Biscuits

Southern Corn Bread

Cornbread and corn sticks are traditional in the south.  They are easy and quick to make, providing you know a few secrets.

Southern Style Cornbread
Sweet Cornbread
Hush Puppies
How to Make Good Cornbread
Easy Corn Pudding
Tex-Mex Cornbread
Corn Fritters
Bess’ Virginia Spoonbread

Pancakes and Waffles

A well made waffle is a breakfast delight. Follow these tips for foolproof waffles every time. …more…

Six Tips for Cooking the Perfect Pancakes
Make Ahead Buttermilk Pancakes
Making Waffles
Pecan Waffles
Orange Waffles
Apple Waffles
Blueberry Waffles
Chocolate Waffles
Gingerbread Waffles

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Muffins and Quick Breads

Muffins and quick breads are really the same bread baked in different pans.  The secret to making a good muffin or quick bread is in the mixing.  The  batter should be stirred (never beaten) only until the dry ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.  The mixture will be rough and lumpy, but this is ok.  The remaining lumps will disappear during baking.

If the batter is over-stirred or beaten, the muffins will be small with peaked tops.  They may have tunnels running through them with a tough, rubbery texture. …read more…

Quick Orange Nut Bread
Orange Tea Muffins
Cheese Muffins
Banana Bread
Pumpkin Nut Bread
Zucchini Nut Bread
Fruit and Spice Zucchini Bread
Ginger Spiced Pumpkin Scones
Basil Parmesan Scones
Cheese and Garlic Scones
Praline Scones

Yeast Breads

How to Make Homemade Yeast Rolls
Kings Cake for Fat Tuesday

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