My mother never made any kind of biscuits except what we called “cathead” biscuits and she made them almost every day. I have seen her make biscuits twice in one day because every kid in the neighborhood loved her biscuits. We never had chips, cokes or junk food in our house back then. We did have lots of sweet tea, fresh milk right from the cow and plenty of biscuits slathered with real butter and homemade blackberry jam. Honey from my Daddy’s bee hives was always on the breakfast table to go along with our biscuits. The neighborhood kids called my mother, “Parker”. We would hear a knock at the front door and one of our little friends would be there. The first thing they always asked was, “Does Parker have any cold biscuits and jam?” A cold “cathead” biscuit with blackberry jam was a real treat when I was growing up.
I am sure there are lots of different ways to make these biscuits but the recipe below is the way my Mama always made hers. I watched her many times when she got out the big, old crock and added flour, buttermilk, and lard. She always mixed them up with her hands and pinched off the biscuits. Mama never rolled them out and she put them in a round pan. Somehow, her biscuits always came out uniform without using a biscuit cutter. She greased the pan with bacon grease, too. The biscuits were always touching in the pan to make them rise up higher instead of spreading out and being thin. Memories of Mama in her “house dress” and apron always flood my mind whenever I make these biscuits. Oh, how I would love to have one of her cold biscuits with blackberry jam!2 cups self-rising flour 1 to 2 tablespoons shortening at room temperature, (Mama used lard and about the size of a walnut) 1 cup buttermilk 1/2 teaspoon salt, Optional Work the shortening into the flour until it’s like coarse crumbs. (I use a spoon to do this). Add the buttermilk and stir until makes a ball in the bowl. You can either pinch off the dough or cut it with a biscuit cutter. I use a tin can because I like to make these biscuits good size like my mama’s biscuits. Grease or spray pan. Bake in preheated 400 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes until brown on top. This recipe only makes 8 biscuits if you make them like I do. These biscuits are wonderful with a big old piece of country ham on one. They got the name “cathead” because they are supposed to be as big as a cat’s head! Enjoy! Note: You can also make them using all-purpose flour but you will need to add 1 tablespoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon salt. You can brush melted butter on the tops once cooked or even before cooking if you like. Click to follow The Southern Lady Cooks on Facebook.
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