Day 148 Hot Biscuit

I just completed the walk through for a digital storytelling experience to take place during the Latitudes Storytelling Festival here in Kitchener. I will be one of the guides taking people to various locations where they will be able to use their smart phones to hear stories from some of Kitchener’s working people in the 30s, 40s, and 50s. Tonight’s recipe from the 1906 Berlin Cook Book reflects that sturdy hardworking atmosphere. I selected a recipe for Hot Biscuit contributed by Mrs. M. Roos.

I decided to make half the recipe so I sifted 2 cups of flour, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and a 1 teaspoon of baking powder together. I then added 1/2 tablespoon of butter.  I started adding 1/2 cup of regular 2% milk and ended up using a little more. I rolled out the dough and cut out the biscuits using a biscuit cutter. I put a little of the milk on the top of each biscuit and baked them on a greased baking sheet at 400 degrees F. for 15 minutes.

Mrs M. Roos is likely Louise Pabst married to Michael Roos. In the 1901 census he is 40 years old and she is 35. They have two daughters ages nine and seven, and a six-year-old son. There is also a 17-year-old domestic servant named Hatty Randal.  Louise must have been pregnant at the time of the census as their fourth child a girl is born December 1901. Michael travels for a grocery store and later for a wholesaler of groceries. The family’s religion is Presbyterian and their heritage is German. In fact they list that everyone in the household speaks both English and German. At the time of the 1911 census the family of six are living at 14 Irvin Street.

This is a good biscuit recipe. The result was tender but sturdy enough to take fillings. I think of biscuits as hardworking because they can be enjoyed on their own with a bit of butter or go along with a nice stew, or opened up and a slice of cheese placed inside, or used as a dessert with fresh fruit or some jam. They help stretch a meal when unexpected guests arrive.

The Latitudes and Longitudes digital storytelling tour, Made in Kitchener: Personal Stories From Our Industrial Past takes place on Sunday, June 24, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. Earlier in the day I’ll be telling the story of this blog and about some of the women who contributed to the 1906 Berlin Cook Book. To find out more check out

1 quart sifted flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, a good tablespoon butter, sweet milk enough to mix, cut out and wet each cake with a little milk on top, and bake in a hot oven (very good).

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