Idella's Crisp Biscuits from Cross Creek Cookery by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Idella's Crisp Biscuits...thank you , Idella

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Once again I found myself transported back to the tiny kitchen at Cross Creek. This time rather than Marjorie's voice walking me through the steps, I felt Idella with me.

Idella Parker was an amazing woman who came to Cross Creek to be Marjorie Kinnan Ralwings' maid. As fate would have it, Idella became much more than a servant to her. I would even go so far as to say she was her confidant and idea I have gleaned from reading of these ladies.

This recipe is Idella's quick, easy recipe for crisp bite-size biscuits. As with a few of the other recipes I have come across, I was a bit skeptical about this recipe But after making them, I am delighted. They are just a great little bit of biscuit heaven.

Where is Cross Creek and why do I care?

Cross Creek is in Alachua County Florida tucked up off highway 301 to the left as you head north.

It was the home of Marjorie K. Rawlings who was an avid writer who gained acknowledgment when her novel, The Yearling, was awarded a Pulitzer prize in 1939.

Marjorie loved to cook probably as much as she loved writing. It may have been away to relax and get away from the stories that were swirling in her mind. Cross Creek Cookery is a collection of her recipes and a number of Cross Creek tales that she had published.

Idella Parker was quite an excellent cook and while she was only given credit for a few of the recipes in the cookbook, she said she had created many others.

Knowing about Cross Creek and those who lived there helped me to understand this collection of recipes and made me care about giving them a try. There are a number of others from the cookbook I have tired and published.

Give these crisp biscuits a try...they will be a pleasant surprise.

Gathering Ingredients

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Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 9 min
Ready in: 24 min
Yields: Serves 4

Dough Ready to Cut into Tiny Biscuits

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Try Some Old Fashioned Southern Biscuits Too

Tiny Little 'biscuit Cutter'

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Idella Parker: From Reddick to Cross Creek
Idella Parker: From Reddick to Cross Creek

Find out more about Idella who became much more than a maid to Marjorie KInnan Rawlings.

 
Idella: Marjorie Rawlings' Perfect Maid
Idella: Marjorie Rawlings' Perfect Maid

In her book, Idella tells of life at Cross Creek and her relationship with Marjorie It is a quick read and helps shed new light on life at Cross Creek (and other places she traveled.).

 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unbromated, unbleached flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons Crisco or butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Tiny Little Biscuits Cut and Ready for the Tray

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Another recipe from Cross Creek Cookery

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together.
  2. Using a fork mix again. Cut in Crisco with a fork.
  3. Add milk and combine with your fork.
  4. Roll onto pastry cloth or work area. Handle this dough as little as possible to make a tender, crisp biscuit treat. Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut into very small rounds.
  5. Bake in hot oven 12 to 15 minutes. Serve hot with butter.

Values are per 4 as serving size/approximate

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 3 or 4
Calories 275
Calories from Fat108
% Daily Value *
Fat 12 g18%
Carbohydrates 18 g6%
Sodium 1 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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Cross Creek Cookery

by Marjorie K. Rawlings

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pstraubie48 3 weeks ago from sunny Florida Author

These little biscuits are such a novel addition to a meal and are even great on your appetizer buffet. Hope you have a chance to try them...they are easy peasy to make.

Angels are headed your way once again ps


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colorfulone 5 weeks ago from Minnesota

I do want to try this recipe. I love biscuits with a crispy crust, dripping with melted butter. Oh, they are so good! ~ Kudos!


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Patsy Thanks for stopping by. These little guys are so tasty and light. I have not made them in a while but I am visiting Idella's kitchen today at Marjorie's place just down the road so I think it's time.

Angels are on the way to you this morning.. ps


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Patsybell 23 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO

Little biscuits are a good idea. Breakfast was never better than when grandma made those from-scratch biscuits. Blackberry jelly, home churned butter all flood into the memories with these good biscuits. Happy to have this recipe. Thanks.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Indian Chef

I do hope you can try these. they are an easy but very tasty little bit of dough to add to a meal.

thanks for stopping by.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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Indian Chef 3 years ago from New Delhi India

I hope i get time to try these out soon. They look mouth watering.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Vespawoolf

These are just yummy....I was telling my sister just today that I need to make them for her and my nephew before I go back home next week. They are really a nice little treat.

Thanks for stopping by Angels are on the way :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Vespawoolf

These are just yummy....I was telling my sister just today that I need to make them for her and my nephew before I go back home next week. They are really a nice little treat.

Thanks for stopping by Angels are on the way :) ps


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

What a simple but delicious recipe! We love biscuits, the crisper the better. Thanks for sharing another recipe from Idella's collection!


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

I am laughing so hard...you are so right, Carol. Only a thousand will do and bring on the butter....Paula Deen would be proud as she thinks everything's better with budda'!!!

So nice to see you this evening. Have a lovely lovely weekend, my Friend. Angels are on the way :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

I am laughing so hard...you are so right, Carol. Only a thousand will do and bring on the butter....Paula Deen would be proud as she thinks everything's better with budda'!!!

So nice to see you this evening. Have a lovely lovely weekend, my Friend. Angels are on the way :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi rajan jolly

This is actually a fun recipe and would be great to involve kids in as the biscuits are so tiny. the little ones love these.

You will have fun making and eating these for sure....Sending Angels to you and thanks for the votes :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi rajan jolly

This is actually a fun recipe and would be great to involve kids in as the biscuits are so tiny. the little ones love these.

You will have fun making and eating these for sure....Sending Angels to you and thanks for the votes :) ps


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

These look delish..just pour on the butter and eat a thousand... Great you are sharing all these recipes..


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

The biscuits look very tempting, Patricia. You bet, I'll be trying to make them one of these days. Bookmarking this hub.

Voting up, useful and interesting and rated 5 stars. The recipe seems quite simple. Thanks for sharing.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning Pamela

I just had a couple for breakfast left over from yesterday. I popped them in the toaster oven to crisp them up again...still the same great little biscuit.

Thanks for visiting Sending Angels your way :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning Pamela

I just had a couple for breakfast left over from yesterday. I popped them in the toaster oven to crisp them up again...still the same great little biscuit.

Thanks for visiting Sending Angels your way :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning Martin

glad to see you stopping by today

Have a lovely Wednesday my friend Angels are on the way :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning Martin

glad to see you stopping by today

Have a lovely Wednesday my friend Angels are on the way :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning drbj

You really must give these a try. They take so little time to prepare and they results are worth the trouble if you can call it that.

Biting into the tiny crisp biscuit makes your tastebuds say thank you.

Glad to see you this morning. Happy hump day

Angels are on the way :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning drbj

You really must give these a try. They take so little time to prepare and they results are worth the trouble if you can call it that.

Biting into the tiny crisp biscuit makes your tastebuds say thank you.

Glad to see you this morning. Happy hump day

Angels are on the way :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning DDE

I am so glad that Idella left us this recipe. It is one of the most fun I have made in a while. Tiny little biscuits and this marvelous dough to work with made these a breeze. And they disappeared quickly

Have a lovely Wednesday :) Sending more Angels your way :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning Billy

They are just YUM. A crispy little bit of goodness to start the day. Bev will enjoy making these as the dough is very easy to work with and it is a quick recipe.

Angels and hugs are on the way....I would send a napkin to wipe up the drool but haven't figured out how to do that through cyberspace yet :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning Billy

They are just YUM. A crispy little bit of goodness to start the day. Bev will enjoy making these as the dough is very easy to work with and it is a quick recipe.

Angels and hugs are on the way....I would send a napkin to wipe up the drool but haven't figured out how to do that through cyberspace yet :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning Shiningirisheyes

It is always so good to see you here ...I missed you and hope you have recovered well.

These are a fun little biscuit and it is hard to eat just one. They are great with a dab of butter right out of the oven.

Have a lovely day

Sending you many blessings and Angels this morning :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning Shiningirisheyes

It is always so good to see you here ...I missed you and hope you have recovered well.

These are a fun little biscuit and it is hard to eat just one. They are great with a dab of butter right out of the oven.

Have a lovely day

Sending you many blessings and Angels this morning :) ps


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for this.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

Those biscuits look delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe. God bless.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

I knew I should not have read this before dinner, Patricia. That realistic biscuits photo has me salivating like Pavlov's dog. I swear I can smell their inviting aroma. The biscuits, that is, not the dog. Thanks to you and Idella for sharing this recipe.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Very interesting, crisp biscuits! Thanks for the interesting article to go along with the great recipe!

Hugs, love and Angels your way as always, Faith Reaper


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Wow! You just know what to put out such creative recipe and looks so good!


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I would be quite happy to wake up to those for breakfast.

Good morning PS. I see you felt the need to make me drool once again. Devilish of you my friend!

Thanks for the recipe and review. Well done of course.

Have a great day, and here is a hug and blessings to get you through the day.

bill


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shiningirisheyes 3 years ago from Upstate, New York

This recipe brings me right back to my country childhood. It reminds me of a recipe my Grandma used to make.

Thanks again for the share.

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