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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Green Stone Woman And Chocolate Gravy With Biscuits

This week, you may have noticed, I am writing according to the questions asked on Foggy Sunrise February sixth.  This does two things, you find out the information you really wanted to know and it supplies me with blog fodder.  I have been receiving an unexpected gift from the posts too.  I am enjoying memories.

Nora at The Green Stone Woman has posed a really difficult guestion.  Nora asked, "What's your all time favorite meal, including dessert?"

Nora is an artist, an author, and an animal lover.
In honor of her two dogs, Jesker and Tyke, I have posted a picture of Seymour since he is the same type dog.

My favorite all time meal is kinda a dessert.  Mom used to make this on Sunday mornings or as a treat.  I always made it when the girls had company over.  This is a dish they always asked to have.  This a meal I am making as soon as I finish this post.

I have to tell you how Mom made biscuits.  She had a special bowl she would fill with flour.  With her hands, she would make a bowl within this flour, pour in her milk, shortening and mix by pulling flour into the liquid at just the right amount.  Working it all by hand, usually just one hand, because she was always busy with the other.  These hand shaped buscuits, all perfectly the same size, large, would go onto a greased pan into the oven.  Now she had about twenty minutes to make my favorite meal...chocolate gravy!!!

I know this does not sound good but ignore the gravy part a minute and think chocolate, warm creamy, rich pudding sauce, just the right consistancy to ladle over a warm biscuit covered in fresh butter.  The gravy has to be hot, fresh off the stove to melt the butter.

Always made in an iron skillet, Mom would pour in the milk.  While this was heating, you mix cocoa and sugar with enough flour to thicken the gravy in another bowl.  As the milk warms, slowly stir in your mixture.  You can add butter if you want.  Just when it gets to the right thickness, remove from heat and add vanilla. 

By this time, the biscuits are done.  Come and get it!  There is nothing like a large warm buttered biscuit, covered chocolate gravy and a large glass of cooled fresh cow's milk.  A meal fit for royalty.

Chocolate gravy is a southern tradition.  It has been handed down from generations past.  It is usually served as a breakfast dish.

I am headed to the kitchen.  Guess what my family is having for breakfast?!  Thank you, Nora, for reminding me to cook this.

13 comments:

ellen abbott said...

Sounds yummy. Can you come down here and make it for me?

Rudee said...

I love biscuits, and I love chocolate. What's there to be bad in what you describe. Not a thing.

Have a great day, Gail. A very chocolatey one!

Razzberry Corner said...

I never thought of such a thing - biscuits and chocolate gravy. But why not - sounds yummy!

Kate said...

Anything chocolate is okay by me... Your Mom is quite creative! Sounds like a kid's best breakfast EVER. ;)

Nezzy said...

I had a helper in Kids Church who was raised in Arkansas who was a real southern gal who made her sweet tea the consistency of maple syrup. One day she spoke of biscuits and chocolaty gravy which I'd never heard of and I know of all thing chocolate. The next Sunday morning she served us wonderful warm biscuits topped with a rich steamin' chocolate pudding. MMMmmmmm!

Ya'll have a richly blessed day!!!

DesertHen said...

I have heard of chocolate gravy, but have never had it or tried to make it. I think you have inspired me to give it a try...=)

Jo said...

Oh sounds yummy Gail. What a lovely trip down memory lane for you. It made me think of my mum and the way she used to bake cookies (biscuits) as well. Have a wonderful day. PS Pop over to my blog in the morning to see my garden post, if you wish. (((Hugs))) Jo

Autumnforest said...

I can't tell you how many of my mother's Appalachian recipes were based on the things of her Depression era/mountain life; with butter, flour, cocoa, salt, and sugar, you could make about anything! I make a killer Appalachian buttercscotch pie and it's like 6 ingredients you have in the larder already. Love your recipe--sounds yums!

Pat said...

How funny! My friend was just telling me the other day that she ate this while traveling through Alabama a few years ago. Sounds delish!

~Tonia said...

Ahh I LOVE chocolate gravy!! I had an Aunt make it for us a long time ago.. I was hooked!! Good stuff!

The Green Stone Woman said...

Thanks for answering my question, Gail. I certainly wasn't expecting anything as exotic as this. I'd never heard of it, but it sounds delicious. I think I could eat several of them. I love anything chocolaty and homemade biscuits are the best.

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dmraz said...

Thanx for such a great memory my friend, I am proud to say that I experienced your Momma's biscuts & chocolate gravy....one of the best things I've ever put in my mouth....absolutely heavenly. I will wear a smile all day remembering the farm & my wonderful friends in Arkansas :))

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