Wagon Train Biscuits Recipe




Wagon Train Biscuits

Here is a great recipe for old fashioned biscuits...and I do mean old.
I found it in the 1842 diary of Alice Stephans. She stated that it
had been in her family for generations. She baked them in a Dutch
oven and sometimes used what we now know as a "reflector fire." I use
this recipe when camping and it is GREAT!


2 cups flour
4 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon soda
4 teaspoons baking powder
2/3 cup (lard) shortening
2/3 cup buttermilk


Dutch oven or cookie sheet


Measure all dry ingredients and place into a large bowl. Cut in shortening thoroughly, until mixture looks like meal. Stir in buttermilk. If dough is not pliable, add just enough buttermilk to make the dough plyable. Roll out until dough is 3/4" thick, cut with biscuit cutter and place in dutch oven or on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes.
make a soft, puffy, easy-to-roll dough. Round up dough on lightly
floured cloth-covered board. Knead lightly 20 to 25 times, about 1

CommentIf on the trail, use a reflector fire if you don't have a dutch oven. You can marke these "drop" biscuits by adding more buttermilk.

Recipe ContributorBart Bevins


Date Entered01-Oct-2008

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