Cat Head Biscuits are usually found in the South. Since I haven't had these in years, I decided to try and make them. I mean, how hard can it be? I soon found out it was a difficult task without the right recipe. The original recipe calls for Lily brand flour. We can't buy it out west, so I had to find a substitute. Then I had a problem with the right shortening. Finally, after many batches of door stops, and much research on the internet, we had sweet success! These craggy looking biscuits are light, a nice rich golden brown color, and yes, shaped like a cat's head. Enjoy!
1Following this recipe to the letter is critical for good results. Don't substitute ingredients. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
2Read the recipe through and assemble all ingredients before beginning.
Add the dry ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl. Mix well.
3Measure the cold unsalted butter and cut it into small pieces. Add them to the flour and with your hands or two knives, cut through the flour until it resemples coarse ground cornmeal.
4Mixing is crucial. If you overdo it, the biscuits will be tough. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in all of the buttermilk. Using a wooden spoon, carefully scrape the spoon down the sides and under the flour mixture and roll to the middle. Go all around the bowl and just a couple of gentle passes through the middle should remove all dry flour. The dough will be sticky and craggy. Press your fingers in the dough gently for 3 gentle kneads.
5Now form the dough into a round ball, dipping your hands in flour to keep them from being sticky,and shake off the excess flour. When you have formed a ball, pinch it in half to divide it. Now you have two balls.
6Take each of of the two balls and divide them into 3 pieces Now you have 6 biscuits. Don't do any extra shaping or over handle the dough (this is very important!) Place them in a greased springform pan.
7Bake the biscuits in the pre-heated oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until they are a golden brown and the toothpick test says they are done.
8Here is what they look like! Enjoy these Cat Head Biscuits!