19 responses

  1. Cheryl B.
    July 5, 2010

    I am obviously overworking my biscuit dough, and I was raised on biscuits my mother made! Will try the food processor. I am usually too lazy to get it out, but that would definitely be worth it!

  2. Sarah
    July 5, 2010

    When I saw the topic for today, I wanted to share this helpful tip. (even though the post is a lot about biscuits.)
    I make my own sandwich bread using the bread machine dough cycle and then bake it in the oven. I like the shape of the loaf from a pan better than the bread machine.
    But the tip is I have found it easier to cut thinner slices (and please the hubby) by cutting the loaf the next day. Then I wrap in foil put in the freezer – we wouldn’t be close to consuming the whole loaf by the time it went bad if just left out. We take out one or two slices and defrost or fully toast in the toaster.

    I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.

  3. Rachel
    July 5, 2010

    I love your step by step with pictures! So helpful for someone who might never have made homemade biscuits!

  4. Minerva’s Garden
    July 5, 2010

    This is a wonderful post–thank you! I make most of our bread, and I have to say that your 100% whole wheat dinner rolls as well as the homemade pita bread are excellent and I put them in my regular rotation of recipes. I can’t wait to try the above recipes as well!

  5. StrivingSimply
    July 5, 2010

    Those look so good! Do you know of any resource that will explain what you’ve done wrong to your bread? Mine is consistently crummy (literally), and we like soft, chewy bread.

  6. Jami@ An Oregon Cottage
    July 5, 2010

    Cheryl- Me, too! Took me the longest time to figure that out…
    Sarah- love the tip, I’m going to try it as my family is always trying to saw away at a frozen loaf. :-)
    Olga- I hope you try them, glad you are on board for the week!
    Mary- so glad you are finding things that are helpful to you!
    Lexa- I hope so!!
    Minerva- Yeah- I just made the pitas last week too.
    Kristen- Good for you- you’re so right. :-)

  7. Olga
    July 5, 2010

    Making bread at home does save money. I make mine in a bread machine. But I’m kind of getting bored with it, so I was thinking that I should try baking bread in the oven. The buscits look and sound great. This is something I should try (I’ve never made them before).
    I really like the idea of Back to Basics Week! And like Sarah, I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.

  8. Mary W
    July 5, 2010

    I found you relatively recently when you had a guest post over at $5 dinners. Looking through your site initially what I enjoyed most were your basic recipes (catsup, mayo, salad dressing, etc). I’m really looking forward to this week.

  9. Aagaard Farms
    July 5, 2010

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing all the great info! I think your biscuit recipe is very similar to my Grandmother’s, which I make all the time – so easy and so good!

  10. ana @ iMadeItSo
    July 6, 2010

    i like how you shared this in baby steps! i’ve heard good things about the artisan bread method… but never tried it.

  11. shopannies
    July 5, 2010

    thanks for your tutorial

  12. Lexa
    July 5, 2010

    Jami- Well, you just might have given me the push to try making my own bread. Thanks so much for the great information.

  13. Kristin
    July 5, 2010

    About 3 months ago I decided that If I was going to start making our daily bread then I better quit buying it! And you know what? My family is in bread heaven now! I don’t know why I waited so long! It’s the best and it’s true what they say…”Practice makes perfect!” I hope others will be inspired to make it too!

  14. Gail @ Faithfulness Farm
    July 6, 2010

    Great post and great series! I’ll be looking forward to more posts!


  15. Smockity Frocks
    July 6, 2010

    Those look WONDERFUL! Thank you for linking to my Tutorial Tuesday!

  16. Missie
    July 8, 2010

    Jami, I made your biscuit recipe tonight to go along with my cowboy meatloaf. They were a hit! I used 2c whole wheat pastry flour and 1c unbleached all purpose flour. My husband said that these biscuits were “better than any you could go buy in a restaurant!” High praise indeed, my friend. Thanks for posting the recipes and how-tos to go along with them. That helps immensely!
    Now off to try your pita bread later in the week!

  17. Jami@ An Oregon Cottage
    July 8, 2010

    Missie- Whoo-hoo! Success- now on to pitas. ;-)

  18. Elephant’s Eye
    July 14, 2010
  19. Rachel
    January 11, 2013

    Hi – I rediscovered your blog again tonight and love it! Great tips for a family starting to cut out processed/store bought foods and get back to the basics! Just made the ranch dressing tonight and it tastes wonderful. We were starting to get grossed out by the chemicals and ‘who knows what’ is in so many store bought foods. On another note, I see many recipes calling for whole wheat ‘pastry’ flour. I just bought organic whole wheat flour. Do I mix some white flour in with it to make it more pastry-like? I would love your opinion on this before I attempt your bread recipes.
    thanks so much!

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