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POST CIVIL WAR FOOD- BISCUITS AND GRAVY -
THE BISCUIT - DIED OUT IN ENGLAND- PRESERVED IN AMERICA
The dish gained regional distinction after the Civil War when food was in short supply. Sawmill crews in Appalachian logging camps often survived on little more than coffee, biscuits and cream gravy—hence the popular term “sawmill gravy.”
The biscuit emerged as a distinct food type in the early 19th century, before the American Civil War. Cooks created a cheap to produce addition for their meals that required no yeast, which was expensive and difficult to store.
Soft biscuits are common to Scotland and Guernsey and that the term biscuit as applied to a soft product was retained in these places, and in America, whereas in England it has completely died out…
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons shortening
2/3 cup buttermilk
Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture is the consistency of meal. Stir in buttermilk. Form mixture into a ball; place on a floured surface and knead a few times. Pat out to about 1/4-inch thick. Cut with a small biscuit cutter. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 450 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Cut open and spread with a little butter.
Information from http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2011/apr/06/its-all-gravy/
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