Mommy's Kitchen - Recipes From my Texas Kitchen: Southern Style Chocolate Gravy & Cream Biscuits #SavetheBiscuit

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Southern Style Chocolate Gravy & Cream Biscuits #SavetheBiscuit

When most folks hear the words chocolate and gravy in the same sentence more than likely they want no part of it. Chocolate Gravy does sound a bit crazy, but take it from me friends y'all are seriously missing out. Instead of thinking chocolate gravy think of it more as a chocolate sauce, and then picture that sweet chocolaty sauce poured over some hot cream biscuits. 

Do I have your attention now?  Growing up weekend breakfasts were a big event in our house. That's when mama would always make a big homemade breakfast for the whole family to enjoy. I remember my brother and I racing down the stairs to find a big pan of buttermilk biscuits and pot of hot chocolate gravy gracing the table. Our eyes would just light up, because it was the one time when it was acceptable to have CHOCOLATE for breakfast.

My favorite breakfast was always biscuits and milk gravy, but mama made SOS for my dad. I never did care for it as a child, so she would always make chocolate gravy for the kids and it was always such a treat.

Today I'm thankful for the memories I have of mama's homemade biscuits and her famous chocolate gravy. It makes my heart smile when my daughter and I make homemade biscuits and we sit down together and enjoy chocolate gravy just like I did with my mama.


Chocolate Gravy isn't something I make every day, but we do enjoy it for a special breakfast treat, on weekends, sleepovers or when someone yells...... Mom can you make some Chocolate Gravy? I'm still trying to convert my husband into a chocolate gravy lover, but all my kids love it, so three out of four isn't too bad.

If I've peaked your curiosity and you're thinking you might want to give the whole biscuits and chocolate gravy thing a try, it all starts with a homemade biscuit. Making biscuits from scratch is somewhat of a lost art, but I'm here to tell you it doesn't have to be. 

You can help preserve biscuit-baking for future generations by learning, teaching and sharing your own love for biscuits just like I've done with my children. Some people find biscuit making intimidating, but I'm here to tell you that it's a lot easier than you think.  

Today I want to share a easy biscuit recipe that yields fluffy, perfect biscuits in minutes. This recipe only require 3 ingredients, self rising flour, heavy cream and melted butter. If you're not a great biscuit maker or you're just starting out, Cream Biscuits are the perfect beginners recipe.

Great biscuits start with a good flour and White Lily is the secret to making the best southern biscuits.  If you're not familiar with White Lily flour it's a fine white "soft flour", made from, 100% soft winter wheat" versus hard winter wheat. It has a lower protein content than most flours and the texture of White Lily is silk like.  

You have to feel this flour to really appreciate how special it is, and I won't use any other flour when it comes to biscuits. I have included some step by step photos to show you how easy these cream biscuits came together. I hope you'll give this recipe a try and you too can become a biscuit pro in no time. 

Start by pre heating the oven to 450 F. Measure the flour into a large bowl. Gradually stir in cream, adding only enough to moisten the flour and hold the dough together. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead gently two or three strokes. Biscuit dough is delicate so it's important not to over work the dough. Using a light touch gently pat the dough to ½-inch thickness (No rolling pin is needed). 

Cut with a floured 2-inch biscuit cutter. When cutting biscuits gently press the biscuit cutter down into the dough and do not twist (this will seal the sides and the biscuits wont rise). Gather the remaining dough and pat or re-roll one time and cut remaining biscuits. 

Place biscuits on a lightly greased baking sheet, with the sides touching, for soft biscuits or close together but not touching, for more crisp sides. Brush with a little melted butter before baking. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Brush again with melted butter before serving. 

Remove from oven and serve plain with additional melted butter or pour on the Chocolate Gravy!!!!!!!!! I have also included step by step instructions on how to make the chocolate gravy below. 

In a medium size pot add the sugar, flour and cocoa; mix to combine. 
Add the milk and whisk together with the dry ingredients. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and stir constantly to prevent the mixture from scorching. The mixture will start to thicken up.

A good rule of thumb is that if the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon then it's done. Remove from from heat and add the butter and vanilla extract. Mix well until the butter is melted and everything is blended. 

Pour the hot chocolate gravy over homemade buttermilk biscuits. I like to serve mine in individual ramekins. Add a little bit of chocolate gravy on the bottom of each ramekin, add one biscuit and pour additional gravy on top. Enjoy! 




Southern Chocolate Gravy 
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Ingredients:
2/3 - cup granulated sugar
2 - tablespoons all purpose flour
1 - heaping tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 - cups milk
2 - tablespoon butter or margarine
1/2 - teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:
Add all the dry ingredients to a medium sized pot.

Add the milk, using a whisk combine the dry ingredients with the milk. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and stir constantly to prevent the mixture from scorching.

The mixture will start thicken up. When it thickens remove from heat and add the butter and the vanilla extract. Mix well until the butter is melted and everything is blended. 

Pour the hot chocolate gravy over homemade buttermilk biscuits. I like to serve mine in individual ramekins. Add a little bit of chocolate gravy on the bottom of a ramekin, add one biscuit and pour additional chocolate on top.

Servings: 4 
Recipe yields: approx 2 cups 



White Lily Cream Biscuits

1 3/4 - cups White Lily Self-Rising Flour
1 - cup heavy cream 
1/4 - cup melted butter 

Preheat oven to 450 F. Measure flour into a large bowl. Gradually stir in cream, adding only enough to moisten the flour and hold the dough together.

Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead gently two or three strokes. Using a light touch, gently pat the dough to ½-inch thickness. 

Cut with a floured 2-inch biscuit cutter, leaving as little dough between cuts as possible. Gather the remaining dough and re-roll one time and cut remaining biscuits. 

Place biscuits on a lightly greased baking sheet, with the sides touching, for soft biscuits or close together but not touching, for more crisp sides. Brush with a little melted butter before baking 

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with additional butter just before serving. 

Recipe yields: 8- 12 biscuits depending on size

White Lily products are available in local grocery stores in most southern states, but not all.  I live in Texas and White Lily flour is only available at my local Central Market. If you cannot find White Lily Flour in your area you can purchase White Lily products online at Amazon, Smuckers or Soap.com.


Disclosure: I’m excited to be working with White Lily® flour on a mission to #SavetheBiscuit. For more biscuit and Southern recipes visit whitelily.com.


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11 comments:

Colleen said... #

Oh, Yum. You have me convinced. This looks wonderful. I know my grandkids will love this
Thank you
ColleenB.
Texas

Janet said... #

Good recipes - but discard the scrapes - No Way. For my family, they are the best part. My children and now my grand-children love to roll them into snakes or shape cats or dogs. They may be a little more cripsy than the regular biscuits, but are always the first to be eaten.

pushindazees said... #

Your chocolate gravy sounds a whole lot like my chocolate pudding ;-)

I grew up in Texas with a mother who was raised in the south and now I hear from aunts that they used to have biscuits and chocolate gravy made by Grandma when they were kids. I need to ask her why she never made it for us as kids!!! I feel like I was ripped off. Talk about disfunctional! :D

Tina Butler said... #

@pushindazees,
I think you were robbed LOL. I was not raised in the South, but my daddy was. He is from Alabama and a Southern boy to the bone. He was in the Air force and my mom is German. I was born in France and lived in several places being a Air Force Brat. We lived in Hawaii 9 years. I always said we were the only kids in Hawaii eating biscuits and chocolate gravy as well as all my favorite southern foods. I moved to Texas 25 years ago and have been here ever since. my heart will always be in the South and that's were I plan to stay.

Anonymous said... #

I'm so a Bama gal...born and raised on grandmother's good ol Southern cooking. I found a recipe for 7 up biscuits about 10 years ago and have been making them ever since. Quick, easy and absolutely mouth watering. I'm going to have to try these. biscuits now.

Tina Butler said... #

You can't to wrong with any good biscuit recipe. LMK if you try the Cream Biscuit recipe and how it goes over?

Anonymous said... #

The family loved them...asked me to make them a again tommorrow.

Tina Butler said... #

Yay! I'm so glad to hear that your family loved the recipe. It has become a favorite with my kids as well. Thanks for stopping back by and letting me know :)

WANDA RUCKER said... #

We love this recipe... Our Mommy made this for us as children, but now that her and Daddy are gone. We will enjoy Chocolate Gravy again... thanks for share us... Also purple flour is really all purpose flour... LOL

Clover said... #

I love seeing this recipe and will make it your way soon. I have never heard of anyone else making this. In high school I stayed at a friends house and they would make this. Nobody else I know has ever heard of it here in the Pacific Northwest. I have only made it once, but my kids and I loved it. My husband is a holdout too. Your sauce is a little different. I basically made chocolate pudding and put it over the biscuits.

Anonymous said... #

Im cracking up right now about the purple flour. :D thank you for the chuckle! BTW I am so making this this weekend! Best, A