Last night about one hour before my guests arrived for dinner I made up a batch of biscuits in the wood cook-stove. It was my first time baking inside the stove. Maine Man was rather leery of my last minute preparations. I believe his exact words were, “I can just stop by the store and pick up some Grand biscuits.” Sounded like a challenge to me…so I looked through Woodstove Cookery handbook and didn’t find what I was looking for. Then I googled “baking biscuits in a wood cook-stove” once again I found zip. I decided to just find a basic recipe and alter as I needed. The worst case scenario we’d be eating strawberry shortcakes without the biscuits…..I’m a risk taker!
If you’re cooking with a regular stove I would cook these at 450 degrees for approx 10 minutes give or take.
I decided to make the dough in my food processor and it worked perfectly.
- 2 cups flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
Pulse together in processor for a few seconds.
- Add 2 tablespoons of cold butter (I cut it up into smaller chunks)
- Add 2 tablespoons of shortening (separated into smaller pieces as well)
Pulse together until mixture is a crumbly texture
- Add 1 cup of buttermilk (I did not have any buttermilk on hand so I used 1 cup milk w/ 1 T. of vinegar and let it sit for 5 minutes)
Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add milk. Pulse until mixed well, dough will be sticky. Toss onto floured counter and fold over 6 times. Flatten out into a 1″ deep circle. You can use a can or a glass to cut dough into biscuits. Grease the sheet and cook in the cook-stove (it was between 200-275 degrees) until golden brown. In this case it took approximately 30 minutes. The shortcakes were a big hit. Glad I didn’t cave under pressure. I will definitely cook these up again!