Biscuits from scratch – Personal Kitchen Challenge #4

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…

American Style Pancake Mix, 8.95€

Betty Crocker Brownie Mix, 8.95€

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:

“Saturday Sausage”

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.

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11 thoughts on “Biscuits from scratch – Personal Kitchen Challenge #4

  1. biscuits are definitely pretty easy. you know, if you want to try an easy bread – there is a recipe on my blog for something called “Amish Country Bread”. It’s really easy and extremely tasty. I want to learn how to make some pumpernickel bread. Love that stuff. I always forget about breads and biscuits in my baking. everyone loves carbs. 🙂

  2. I have always wondered what “biscuits” are! (in Aussie culture, “biscuit” is what we call a cookie)
    Yeah, lauantai makkara is not for the faint-hearted 🙂 You might want to try those big thick sausages that come in a pack of four for grilling – not sure if they are exactly what you are looking for, but they taste a darn sight better!

    • Yeah, I think I’ve seen the kind of sausage we would usually eat for breakfast, the ground pork in slices, I just wasn’t thinking about it when I grabbed the Saturday sausage. Next time….

      So what are our biscuits called in Australia? Or do you not have something similar?

  3. i always wonder who buys that stuff from the american section. it’s not the americans in our house! those prices really piss me off.

    i have went round and round trying to figure out a suitable replacement for shortening. i use ‘sunnuntai’ brand ‘leivontamargariini’ read my ‘pumpkin pie madness’ post some time. Lord have merci what a production.
    so anyway this particular brand is THE one. it’s as close as i can find to our beloved crisco.
    i have tried all the brands out there and now i do not fool around with anyting else. i pretty much use this in all my baked goods, pie crusts and also my bread making.

    my husband just asked me to make big fluffy biscuits. he has vissions of ‘Grands’ from the tube… i don’t know if i can pull that off.
    your biscuits turned out great and you should be proud!

    • Very (VERY) rarely I’ll get something there, usually a candy, or a soda. I bought Stephen a Dr Pepper there the other day, as a treat. But I simply can’t fathom paying so much for something that can be found elsewhere, if you just stop thinking about what it’s supposed to be. Like, syrup – sure you could buy the syrup on the American Aisle, and it will taste somewhat like what you’re used to, but not really. Why not just find some syrup in the “regular” store? (I think I did finally find pancake syrup the other day, btw. I think is was Lius siryp? It had a picture of pancakes on the front, and, as usual, I figured, what’s the worst that could happen?)

      Thanks for the tip on the shortening. I had looked on Finland Forum but couldn’t find that anyone had found a good replacement, they just said to use butter. Going to write that on my shopping list now…

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