Friday, June 4, 2010

It's FRYday!

Fried biscuits with apple butter with a side
of scrambled fresh duck and chicken eggs. Yum!
Hooray! My second FRYday has arrived and I have been waiting to do this one for some time. Today I made: fried biscuits with apple butter. The first time I had these babies was at a Civil War reenactment (back in the day when I did that sort of thing.) It was breakfast time before any of the spectators arrived and a very kind soul invited me to their breakfast. Over an open fire in a cast iron pot, they fried canned biscuits to hot, golden perfection and then served them up with a generous helping of cool apple butter. Oh. My. They were amazing!

I haven't had them in years, so I thought they'd be great for this month's FRYday. I did try making these last FRYday using my own homemade biscuit dough, but they did not work. My biscuits were too flaky (imagine that!) and soaked up the oil like a sponge until they were falling apart. It was a dismal failure... thus the hush puppies instead to cheer me up. So, I cannot stress enough that you have to use the refrigerated canned biscuits for this very simple recipe. For once, something store bought is the only route. (Don't tell anyone I said that.)

Fried Biscuits with Apple Butter

-1 can regular refrigerated biscuits (Don't get the flaky layers kind or anything fancy. Plain Jane is all we need.)
-Enough canola oil for 2" in your pan/pot
-Apple butter - homemade if you've got it.

1. Pop open the can of refrigerator biscuits and separate. If desired, cut each biscuit in half. (This makes for more biscuits, faster cooking time, and they'll have a better chance of cooking through.) Line a plate with a couple of paper towels.
2. Heat oil on medium in a medium-sized pan until a tiny piece of dough sizzles, but doesn't brown too quickly.
3. Gently place the biscuit dough into the oil until the pan is full. Cook on one side to a deep golden brown. Flip and cook on the other side until done. Remove the biscuits with tongs or a slotted spoon and allow to drain on the paper towels. (Cut one biscuit in half to make sure it's not raw in the middle.) Cook the rest of the biscuits.
4. Serve hot, slathered with chilled apple butter - anything less than slathered isn't enough. Enjoy!

Golden fried biscuits draining on a paper towel. I've got my apple butter all ready to go!
Unfortunately, these biscuits were completely raw in the middle. So I had to chop them in half...

...and fry them again.
They look burnt, but they're not. They were done this time.


Holly said...

Oh YUMMMMM!!! I love your new fryday idea! And I'm very impressed that you stick to the probably makes things taste better :) Those biscuits look so good, but what if I don't have any apple butter? Would honey be good? Or some jam?

Sarah Rachelle said...

Hmm.... I think honey would be good. I don't think jam would have the same affect though. It's gotta be something with warmth to contrast the flat biscuit greasiness - like honey or cinnamon. Hey, why not try stirring some cinnamon into some honey and spreading that on? Ooh! That sounds really yummy!
(And I cheated a couple weeks ago when I had a small french fries at Wendy's. I am pretty good about it though!)

Katie said...

Oh! If you like that than you have got to try what we do. Take one of those refridgerator canned biscuits. Cut a hole in the middle with a water bottle lid or something similar. Fry just like you did. When done, dredge or sprinkle with a decent amount of powdered sugar. They are really the best doughnuts I have ever had. Plus it is cheap and easy. We give Maddy the doughnut holes. It is rich. You are more reasonable than me so you might think it is too sweet, but I LOVE it. (But again, I am unreasonable) I am going to try your way with the apple butter. It sounds yummy and much healthier.

Clair said...

MMM. This sounds so good! Your apple butter is to die for. I really need to try this. :)

Katie said...

Sarah - you really need to post your apple butter recipe. I want to try it!

Frau Niesen said...

What if you chill your homemade bread dough? Would that work?

Sarah Rachelle said...

Frau - I don't know. I could try that and see if there's a difference. Good suggestion. Thanks! ;-)

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