I like to post recipes and pictures of things that I cook that turn out great, just to let people know that I do more than technology and gardening. And some people want my recipes so posting them here makes it easy to share them. Well, I have a huge recipe failure to share this time, because fair is fair.
I bought a magazine that was only about cast iron cooking, because I have a couple of my grandfather's cast iron pans and I love using them everyday. But I wanted to try something really traditional and make biscuits and gravy. Sausage gravy is something I can make on my own and this magazine had an easy enough recipe to make southern buttermilk biscuits in a cast iron pan. Sweet! But I eat gluten free, so I decided to make it with Bobs Red Mill gluten free flour.
Let's get started with all the ingredients accumulated and out on the counter.
I had to buy buttermilk to make this which is unusual and actually hard to find these days, and following the instructions I put the dry ingredients in 1 bowl, and the wet ingredients in another. Bringing them together with a fork to make a dough in the large bowl.
This is when I started to question my decision to use the gluten free flour. The dough seemed to deflate.. it became as light as air. I keep going and pat out the dough to cut it into biscuits.
You don't use a rolling pin with this kind of dough, you use your fingers and pat it out to the right depth. I am starting to panic because this is so delicate. Using a biscuit cutter, I cut out the biscuits and try to put them in the pan. These just fall apart! It is like trying to move water on the spatula. I get them in the pan...
And they are ugly! I am starting to panic but I am committed to finishing. In the oven they go, maybe they will rise up in the oven?
After baking they exit the oven a bit bigger but not much more than when they started. Here is the finished product next to the picture from the magazine. They are so flat! The "crumb" is something like a cake, not a biscuit.
I did eat a few of them and they tasted okay, but the majority ended up as bird food. I will try this again but not with gluten free flour. Biscuits need gluten...