Greatmom came from what some have dubbed "the greatest generation." She grew up during the depression and sent a husband off to WW II while keeping a handle on four little ones. Money was something that was always scarce, but that didn't stop her from making great meals and treats, even on a shoestring so thin it broke if you tugged on it.
You may have heard me talk about her biscuits before. Love them! But her basic biscuit recipe also served as dumplings (click here for her chicken and dumpling recipe) and the basis for her fried pies.
First for the biscuit recipe.
In a mixing bowl, combine:
- 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
- 2 Tbsp. Canola oil
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
Mix well, turn onto floured surface and knead until no longer sticky. Only a couple of minutes Form into ball and set aside.
In a small bowl, combine 1 cup cocoa and 1 cup sugar. Set aside.
Pinch off a small ball of dough and roll into a thin five inch circle.
Spread flat with butter or margarine. Don't be too chintzy. Sprinkle with two tablespoons of sugar/cocoa mixture.
Fold in half and--here's Greatmom's trick for sealing the edges--roll a saucer or small plate around the edges to both trim and seal.
They're ready for frying.
Greatmom usually fried hers in a small amount of butter or margarine. Since I didn't have enough, I used canola oil, which actually made them puffier.
Brown first side, then flip over and cook until other side is golden brown.
Greatmom's little chocolate pies. See the chocolaty center oozing out?
This was kind of an impromptu thing. We were at the ranch last week and the boys were complaining that there wasn't anything sweet to eat. Well, I wasn't about to run to town. These only took me maybe thirty minutes to make. An hour later, I was chastised for not making more.
Man, when you got hungry men around, there's just no pleasing them.
Do you have a fast fix idea when those you love are scavenging for a sweet treat? We'd love to hear it.