Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A Quickie! {for today's busy woman...}

That dear husband of mine is outta town for a bit. What's a housewife to do but turn to Good Housekeeping's Quick 'N' Easy Cook Book featuring time-saver dishes for today's busy woman (c)'58? Here it is in my hot little dish-pan hand:The kids [myself included] were demanding dessert tonight. And Good Housekeeping [hey, what's in a name?] had just what the spring evening ordered!

Berry Pockets
1 to 1 1/4 cups packaged biscuit mix [bisquik, of course!]
2 tablesp. sugar
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 cup fresh berries [we had strawberries in the icebox]
2 teasp. granulated sugar1/4 teasp. cinnamon
1/4 teasp. grated lemon rind
More cream
1 teasp. granulated sugar [will this sugar thing ever end? I hope not...]

About 20 minutes before serving [so much for the quick part]: Start heating oven to 425 degrees. Combine biscuit mix and 2 tablesp. sugar; stir in 1/3 cup cream [we only had skim milk and it more than compensated for it's fat stepsister], making fairly stiff dough. With a bit more mix from package, knead dough about 10 times so it will be easy to handle. Roll dough into very thin 12" square; cut in to 4" squares [we used a big-ass gas station cup to cut circles, my dough didn't want to pull and stretch into a square, thankyouverymuch].

Combine berries, 2 teasp. sugar, cinnamon, rind. On one side of each square [or circle], place spoonful of berries. Fold one corner of square over fruit, making triangle [or half circle -- is my square instruction, round dessert thing irking you yet?]. With fork dipped into flour, seal edges together. Place on greased baking sheet; cut 2 small slits in top of each [not a problem, as I had the damndest time getting these to seal]. Brush tops with more cream [or butter]; sprinkle with remaining 1 teasp. sugar. Bake about 12 min., or until golden and berries are done. Serve hot, right from the oven, with more cream, if desired.Despite our best efforts [I pulled Ben & Marge in with me on this one], the result was, as Ina Garten would put it, rather "rustic." And really, really, really delicious. Ben pointed out that they'd be good for breakfast. Yes. They. Would.

[by the way, I'm a few days behind on my "10 day give-a-way". my bad, okay? last chance to comment this Wednesday to win the Barbecue Cook Book --- tonight I'll reveal the retro winner after dinner!]


  1. I wanna reach right into that picture and grab one! Tasty!

  2. I really feel like you should invite me over when youre doing some of these experiments!