Making things from scratch is something Americans don’t have to do. Everything can come out of a box, can, or tube. Cakes, pancakes, soup. Biscuits. When someone actually makes something “from scratch,” everyone else is suitably impressed.
Here in Finland, however, it’s quite difficult to find pre-made things like that. You can find some in the “American Aisle” of the grocery store – Betty Crocker cake mix and American Style Pancake mix for 9€. Lest you think I’m exaggerating…
So, I started making pancakes from scratch. Which is ridiculously easy. But I was scared to make biscuits. They’re a bit more difficult – they need to be flaky, fluffy. You have to work the dough a certain amount. There’s more room for error. At least, that’s what I thought.
I don’t know, maybe it is hard. But once again, I found that making biscuits from scratch was amazingly simple. I used this recipe from Alton Brown, but had to make one substitution. The recipe calls for 2 Tbsp butter and 2 Tbsp shortening. Well, shortening is one of those things I can’t get in Finland. So I used 4 Tbsp butter.
What goes with biscuits? Sausage, of course. And that’s where I ran into problems. I found this at the grocery store:
Looks like sausage. Wanhan ajan Lauantai makkara translates to “old fashioned Saturday Sausage.” Well, that sounds…like it might be what I needed? What’s the worst that could happen?
Stephen called it. “It looks like spam.” Mm-hmm. And then, “It tastes like hot dogs.” Yep.
I may have failed on the sausage, but the biscuits? Were awesome. I’m very happy with my success! 🙂
I’m intentionally challenging myself in the kitchen, working with new ingredients, attempting more challenging dishes, and doing it all while grocery shopping in a foreign language. Read more about my Personal Kitchen Challenge here.