When I was in elementary school, there was no such things as the heat and eat processed food that kids eat today. Grandmothers and mothers would show up early in the morning to begin the process of cooking our lunch. Homemade chicken and dumplings, meatloaf, and beef stew were just a few of the delicious main courses that we were served. Along with these dishes, we had fresh vegetables along with fruit. No we did not always have a dessert. This dish was reserved for special occasions and frankly no one ever complained. Ok, I know you are wondering why. The answer is simple. We had angel biscuits or at least that is what we called them. They were fluffy and sweet. While they were not meant to be a dessert, many kids saved them for last and there would be a fight if there were seconds on angel biscuits.
These biscuits were so loved that I have tried for many years to make them with not much success until now. I often wondered how they were able to cook so many at one time. The recipe below is an easy one that does not require kneading. While I am sure this is not the exact angel biscuit recipe of my youth, I can tell you it is a close second.
Camp Fire Recipe: Cream Biscuits
Liquid or spray oil
2 cups of self-rising flour
1 Tablespoon of granulated sugar
1 ½ cups of heavy cream
1 to 2 Tablespoons butter
- Build a fire to prepare the coals for cooking.
- Lightly grease a 10 inch Dutch oven with liquid or spray oil.
- Measure out the flour and place in a medium size mixing bowl.
- Add the sugar and heavy cream.
- Only mix these ingredients until incorporated. Do not over mix. If this is done, your biscuits will be tough.
- Take the dough and form into little balls. Place the balls of dough in the 10 inch Dutch oven close together. If you find that the dough is sticky, rub a little bit of flour on your hands to reduce the amount of dough that clings to your hands.
- Once all the balls have been formed, put your butter in a small saucepan and melt over the heat of the fire.
- After the butter has melted, brush over the balls (rolls) in the Dutch oven.
- Place the lid on and move the 10 inch Dutch oven to a heat resistant surface.
- Arrange 10 prepared coals in a circle on the heat resistant surface.
- Put the Dutch oven on top of these coals and completely cover the lid with prepared coals.
- Cook for 20 minutes.
- After that time has passed, knock off the coals from the lid and remove the Dutch oven from the circle of coals on the bottom.
Serve these simple biscuits the way they are or provide melted butter and jelly to add to the sweetness of this easy dish.