It’s time we told you the truth: some of our mothers’ simple, undisclosed recipes weren’t completely their own. Many of them were the old school, “back of the box” classics – whether they were Mom’s own variations or straight representations, the backs of those boxes were once the best kept secret weapons in the kitchen.
There’s something more comforting about cooking or baking from the back of a box than from an actual cookbook or Internet recipe. It’s all about marketing – if the box endorses it, it must be flawless in taste and method. Back of the box recipes are usually plain, simple and dedicated to the ingredient featured and sold inside the package. So, what makes a recipe a classic? It seems as though Generation X has come to know the taste of these recipes as “classics” because of their original box printing and familiar nostalgic taste. Whether semi-homemade or semi-authentic, we grew up with these time-honored recipes and consider them family.
This week: Clabber Girl Baking Powder’s Old-Fashioned Biscuits
It’s National Biscuit Month, and people take their biscuits personally. It takes a skilled hand, quality ingredients and a good recipe to transform the proper meld of flour, butter and leavening into what we know as a warm, flaky home.
Clabber Girl is an American brand of trusted baking powder (essential for proper biscuits), and is part of a brand that has been around since the 1800s. A favorite of bakers, Clabber Girl’s baking powder has been raising dough for over a hundred years. Bakers recognize the meek, biscuit-attending girl on the label and rely on the metal lip attached to the top which makes for easy measurement precision. Their Old-Fashioned Biscuit recipe has graced the back of the can for years, and the recipe is just what it states: an old-fashioned trusty recipe complete with the use of biscuit cutters, brushed butter tops and all. Clabber’s biscuits are a bit more on the crumbly side of the biscuit echelon.