As I was browsing the Internet recently, I came across a strangely named concoction called cat head biscuits. The name intrigued me because, honestly, I was a little afraid to look…for fear that they might actually be made out of cat heads. Much to my relief, they are NOT! They’re just called that because they are actually as big as a cat head. But don’t take my word for it. Here’s a fool-proof recipe you can use to try them for yourselves. They are truly amazing!
- 1½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1½ cup cake flour
- 1 tbspn baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 8 tbsps unsalted butter (softened)
- 4 tbsps shortening
- 1¼ cup buttermilk
- Make sure your oven rack is in the upper middle position.
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
- Grease one 9-inch baking pan.
- Combine both kinds of flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a large bowl.
- Work the butter and shortening into the flour mixture with a fork until you have coarse crumbs.
- Stir in the buttermilk until your batter is smooth.
- Scoop the batter out of the bowl with a spring-loaded measuring scoop.
- Place six scoops in a flower shape (1 scoop in the middle and 5 scoops surrounding it) on the baking pan.
- Bake until the biscuits puff up and are golden brown (between 20 and 25 minutes).
- Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, and then transfer to a cooling rack.
In my research, I discovered that cat head biscuits are predominantly a Southern thing (or, at least, that’s mostly a Southern name. Being from Kentucky, I’d never even heard of these before, and this is certainly not how my grandmother taught me to make biscuits. Hers were the standard “Kentucky” variety – smaller and flatter, but still much tastier than the biscuits you get out of the can!
Still, I’m glad I discovered cat head biscuits. They’re just wonderful with honey or some good old “country” gravy. Biscuits and gravy is still one of my most favorite breakfast treats. I’ll share my favorite country gravy recipe soon. And I’ll share my grandmother’s biscuit recipe in that post too.
But in my next post I’m going to share my other favorite thing to eat with biscuits – Kentucky apple butter I’ve never tasted anything quite like it, and it’s too wonderful to ever want to live without now… kind of like these biscuits.