Recipe: Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Here’s a foolproof recipe for biscuits:

Cheddar Bay Biscuits

1. Preheat oven to 425 F
2. Mix together in a medium bowl:
1 c. flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp sugar
3. Cut in 2 tbsp. butter (or margarine — i like butter better) into flour mixture using a pastry cutter

4. Stir in and combine 1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese
5. Add 1/2 c milk and stir with a fork to form a soft dough
6. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently 12 times (i sometimes stop at 10)
8. Pat the thickness to 1 inch and place onto a cutting board. Cut out biscuits with a floured cutter.
9. Place biscuits onto an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes (or until light golden brown)
10. Meanwhile, melt 2 T margarine (again, i use butter) in microwave for 12 seconds and then mix with 1/2 tsp parsley, 1/4 tsp garlic powder and 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning.
11. When biscuits come out of oven, brush tops of biscuits with butter herb mixture.

Serve warm and enjoy!

Birthday cakes and creativity


What sort of cake does one bake for a friend whose name is “Spider”? But of course, a spider birthday cake!

When Tina suggested she’d order a cake made to order, I offered to do it myself, as I was feeling quite creative. I’d just baked several sweet potato pies, an overstuffed apple pie, and a banana cake very recently, so I thought it would be just the fun thing to do, and it was too! I baked the cake after work on Friday evening, and decorated it after work on Saturday, just in time for Spider’s party at Tina’s home last night. The cake was about 3/4 gone in less than 10 minutes, so I guess it was good to eat, too. It was a chocolate cake with cherry filling (ala black forest), chocolate frosting, chocolate and red sugar sprinkles, chenille legs and fangs, and googly eyes.

I am seriously considering starting up a business I’d thought of a long time ago, selling my culinary concoctions a.k.a. food.

Spider's spider birthday cake, served on Mar. 28, 2009

Spider's spider birthday cake, served on Mar. 28, 2009