By Missy Jones
Mama was sick and in bed quite a bit when I was little. Daddy made me a wooden box so I could reach the kitchen cabinet and he taught me how to make biscuits. Mama used a wooden bread tray for her biscuits, and Daddy showed me how to make a bed of flour in the bottom of the tray.
I put in my salt and baking powder, worked in a little flour with that and by picking up a little flour from the bottom of the bread tray.
Then, I would put in my milk, either clabber or buttermilk, some good lard, and then some more flour. I worked it in with my hands until it felt right.
Next, I would put the dough out on Mama’s wooden breadboard that I had sprinkled with flour, and I would pat the dough out or roll it out with a floured rolling pin.
Finally, I cut the biscuits out with Mama’s little biscuit cutter.
In a hot iron skillet, I had melted lard, and I would dip one side of a biscuit in it, turning it over in the hot lard, continuing until all biscuits were in the pan which was then placed into the oven to bake.
I could make good biscuits. I can remember mixing my dough in the bread tray and taking it in to show Mama so she could see if the dough looked right before I cut them out.