The Famous Nashville House Fried Biscuit Recipe
Back Home In Indiana
Growing up in Indiana was a memorable experience for me. I vividly remember the endless rows of corn and soybeans that lined the country roads. Traveling Indiana State Route 27 was a path through small towns filled with people who knew the simple pleasures of life, the road was simply a ribbon that united them as family.
Indiana is all about family, mostly farmers who have kneaded the bread basket of our country. One of my best friends in grade school lived on a huge working farm. On my first visit, I saw some of the most enormous machines in this world, called tractors, that they used to work the fields and bale hay. After the farm work was completed, we walked the tilled soil looking for arrowheads brought forth by the sharp blades of the combines. It was marvelous walking the rows of loose ground, watching the dust kick up between our feet, and knowing that this was a joyous freedom bestowed upon tillers of the soil.
Indiana has made Hoosier basketball a household name, and many sons (and daughters) have become famous beyond the boundaries of our nation. Indiana is a place where parades still have meaning, hayrides and bonfires are highlights in celebrating the harvest, and a neighbor is everyone you meet.
There are times I can't help but miss my old Indiana home!
Serving Up Warm Biscuits!
Nashville: A Shopping Experience To Remember
Nestled among the hills of Brown County and just before you get to the popular state park is Nashville, Indiana. It is home to artisans and craftsman who offer visitors an eclectic shopping experience within a pioneer setting. Here you can spend hours browsing through the art galleries, craft shops, boutiques and historic homes reminiscent of the early settlers of this area.
Tucked away in the corner of the village is the famous Brown County Inn. The Inn offers guests all the usual amenities, including features such as a pool, tennis courts, and children's playground. The resort itself is a reminder of days-gone-by as the main lobby reminds one of a pioneer's log cabin. My family stayed here during our visit and had an enjoyable experience.
The last evening of our stay, we dined at the Nashville House Restaurant located in the center of the historic village. It was the first hostelry in Brown County, built in 1859 during the Civil War. A fire tragically destroyed the original building in 1943, the Nashville House was lovingly rebuilt. The Old Country Store located inside the restaurant continues to draw scores of visitors and neighbors. It is a landmark renowned for savory home cooked meals, antiques and friendly, old-fashioned hospitality. (Source: browncountyinn.com)
We had some of the most delicious ribs, hams, and steaks served with baked apple butter and steamed vegetables. However, what I remember the most to this day are their fried biscuits. They are served with every meal and when you top them with apple butter, you will feel like you have died and gone to heaven.
For your own pleasure, I have included the recipe below. There are several versions out there for these biscuits, but I got this one from a friend of mine who brought them into work on occasion. You can enjoy these with a meal or as a snack with jam, applesauce or cheese. At lunch, they really make a simple garden salad seem like a feast! The recipe makes over five dozen biscuits, but they can be stored in the freezer for a couple of months without losing their wonderful, buttery flavor.
The Rollling Hills Of Indiana
State Park Vacations
Would you consider a state park as a vacation spot?
Brown County State Park
When we lived in the midwest, one of our favorite jaunts was an afternoon in Brown County, which is located in southern Indiana. The area is popular with tourists, hikers, and native Indiana "Hoosiers" for its rustic beauty and charm, especially during the autumn.
The main attraction in Brown County is the State Park. Nicknamed the "Little Smokies" because of the area's resemblance to the Great Smoky Mountains, Brown County encompasses nearly 16,000 acres of rugged hills, ridges and fog-shrouded ravines. It is Indiana's largest state park with nearly 20 miles of tree-lined roads and many scenic vistas overlooking miles of uninterrupted forestland. (Source: in.gov/dnr/parklake/2988.htm)
My husband and I have hiked the trails of this park and I can attest that it offers challenging uphill and downhill paths in degrees of pleasure. It also has 70 miles of horse trails for those who wish to venture out alone, or to be lead by a park guide. If mountain biking is a thrill, then you will not be disappointed as you ride over and through the most hilly, narrow paths nature can provide.
Brown County State Park
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Nashville House Fried Biscuit Recipe
- 1 quart milk, or almond milk
- 1/4 cup sugar, or turbinado sugar
- 2 and 2/3 package dry yeast, or 1/6 cup yeast
- 1/2 cup vegetable shortening, or pure lard
- 6 teaspoons salt
- 7 to 9 cups flour, all purpose (will vary with preference), or, whole wheat flour
- 3/4 cup water (warm), or whole milk (optional: almond milk)
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- In a medium bowl, add yeast to water; set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, and salt. Note: Start with 7 cups of flour for this portion of the recipe. Add additional flour to Step 3 as needed to make a smooth, pliable texture.
- Add the shortening to the dry ingredients. Mix by hand, or use a bread mixer (food processor will also work), until the mixture is integrated and looks mealy.
- Gradually pour the milk into this mixture. Mix until creamy.
- Add the yeast-water to the creamy mixture. Knead dough until it is soft and pulls away from the bowl.
- Cover the bowl, and place the dough in a warm area to rise. Note: Check on the dough every thirty minutes. When it has tripled in size you can begin to make the biscuits. Try not to let the dough rise too high.
- When the dough has risen, cut into strips. Cut each strip into biscuit size portions. Drop the biscuits into hot shortening (slightly hotter than 350 degrees)
- Fry the biscuits until they are a light golden brown, flipping them as each side browns. Total time is about one minute per biscuit.
|Serving size: 1 Biscuit|
|Calories from Fat||18|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 2 g||3%|
|Saturated fat 1 g||5%|
|Carbohydrates 13 g||4%|
|Sugar 1 g|
|Protein 2 g||4%|
|Cholesterol 3 mg||1%|
|* 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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