(Big as a) Cathead Biscuits

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This is my mom's biscuit recipe, passed down from her mom and grandma who lived their entire lives on the Mississippi Delta. Of course it took a lot of trial and error to get it right because she was from the 'handful of this and a pinch of that' school of cooking. You can use milk or plain yogurt in place of the buttermilk. Shortening or butter can stand in for the lard. Serve with butter, jelly, honey, gravy, or whatever your favorite biscuit topping is.

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Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 to 1 biscuits as big as cat's head

Ingredients

  • butter-flavored cooking spray

  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 4 ½ tablespoons lard

  • 1 cup buttermilk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Prepare a 9-inch cake pan with cooking spray.

  2. Mix flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda together in a mixing bowl.

  3. Mash small chunks of lard into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter or with your fingers, letting each addition integrate fully before adding the next, until all the lard has been added and the mixture resembles coarse-ground cornmeal.

  4. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Pour milk into the well. Stir the mixture with a spoon, making sure to scrape the edges of the bowl so that the dry flour there gets wet, just until the milk is incorporated into the dry mix and there are no large areas of powdery flour remaining, leaving lumpy dough which is sticky in some places and even a bit grainy in the driest areas. From here, use your hands to carefully mix to ensure even consistency.

  5. Divide dough into 8 equal chunks and shape each into a thick biscuit. Put the shaped biscuits into the prepared cake pan with the sides touching.

  6. Bake in preheated oven until the tops are light golden brown, about 15 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

You can make smaller biscuits, just adjust the baking time, or they'll turn out overcooked.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

206 Calories
8g Fat
29g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 206
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 391mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 75mg 6%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 84mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.