Penitential Biscuit of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration
1 cup shortening (or 1/2 cup margarine and 1/2 cup butter)
4 Tablespoons sugar
3/4 cups blackstrap molasses
3 cups natural bran
3 cups flour
2 tsp salt
3 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup buttermilk
1. Cream shortening and sugar.
2. Add eggs and molasses.
3. Mix bran, flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder together.
4. Add dry mixture to egg mixture alternately with buttermilk.
5. Use ice cream scoop to drop biscuits onto a lightly greased cookie sheet.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
Makes 18-24 biscuits depending upon size.
Recipe provided through the kindness of Sr. Marcella Marie Dreikosen, FSPA.
Then cream together the butter and sugar.
|Stir everything up well.|
Drop rounded scoops of batter onto your greased cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes.
|Finished biscuit is about the size of a hand.|
"It's a bran biscuit," she said, a little offended at the idea that the biscuits might be a penance to eat, or aren't very good.
But in fact they are so wonderfully savory and sweet, we would say "Penitential" as a loving bit of humor, that we are supposed to be doing a penance but the sisters in the kitchen loved us all so much that instead we are eating beautifully. Before today, I have not had these biscuits for 28 years. I put raisins in my recipe, though we never had raisins in these biscuits.
Then I chose a roasted Fujian oolong by white2tea to go with my biscuit, and I suggest a roasted oolong if you plan to drink tea too.