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Biscuits and Chocolate Gravy

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Total preparation time: 55 mins
Serves: 8

Ingredients:

    Chocolate Gravy
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups whole milk (use one can Pet evaporated milk and the rest fresh sweet milk)

Steps:

  1. Mix sugar, flour, cocoa and salt together - mix in saucepan. Add just a little hot water to get the mix smooth. Place over low heat and gradually stir in milk.
  2. Increase to medium heat. Cook (be careful not to boil), stir constantly, until thick.
  3. Serve over hot, buttered homemade biscuits. Garnish with a large, ripe strawberry.

Ingredients:

Biscuits

  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoons salt
  • 2 Tablespoons butter + o 2 Tablespoons shortening (bacon fat is best) or 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup chilled whole milk or buttermilk

Steps:

Secret to good biscuits is to touch your dough as little as possible!

  1. Mix flour, baking powder, soda and salt - mix in large mixing bowl. Using your fingertips, mix butter and shortening into dry ingredients until you have course crumbs. Make a well in the middle and add the milk. Stir just until dough forms - dough will be very sticky.
  2. Turn dough onto floured surface; dust with flour and gently fold dough over on itself 5 or 6 times. Press into a 1-inch thick round. Cut biscuits with a 2-inch biscuit cutter. Reform scrape dough until all is used.
  3. Butter your black cast iron skillets. Place the biscuits side-by-side in the skillets. Bake at 350 degrees until light gold on top.

The History:

What could be more perfect than a fond memory and a beautiful chocolate breakfast! Katherine's grandmother is the master behind this recipe. Sally Rose Stites Chisam, born 3 March 1901, the daughter of Jake and Rose Ann Fisher Stites, married Dolph Chisam in 1921. They farmed in and around Tuckerman, Arkansas for many years. Sally quilted, sewed, crocheted, canned, gardened, cleaned and raised two daughters and some of her grandchildren. In July 1978 she was asked how many quilts she had made in her lifetime, "I can only tell you I have quilted ELEVEN since Christmas and I've pieced thirteen or fourteen tops." Although she was a very busy, productive woman, she always had time to make her our favorite foods - many of them were comfort foods - biscuits and chocolate gravy was a special treat reserved for when the home was full of family. Biscuits and Chocolate Gravy has become a signature dish of Bloomsbury.