Great Grandma's Pioneer Trail Biscuits
My Grandmother Mabel Kennedy Sullivan use to make these for us and taught my mother and I to make them. Grandma Mabel is the one who switched to Crisco or Margarine...
Margarine wasn't allowed to be sold in Wisconsin when I was a girl, my grandmother and I would travel with a friend to La Crescent, Minnesota to buy huge amounts of margarine and bring it into Wisconsin... I felt like a smuggler!!!
The Pioneers cooked them a bit differntly as there were no modern ovens on the trail... They made make-shift ovens that were sitting on coals of the campfire and more coals on top to get a hot oven effect. They also spent a lot of time baking as the ovens were small. They also sometimes made them in a skillet or a heavy pot with a lid (Dutch Oven)with coals under and about 12 - 15 on top.