Monday, March 23, 2015

Baking My First Ever Biscuits


It was years ago here in Jeddah when I tasted my first ever buttermilk biscuit at Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen which unfortunately closed its last branch here 5 or 6 years ago, if my memory serves me right. So, everytime we pass by its old location, I'm finding myself down memory lane when we would run there after work to appease our growling bellies with its sumptuous biscuits and distinct chicken taste. That fondness for its biscuits led me one day to unraveling its secret on youtube and vowed to revive its glory, at least at the confines of my small kitchen and with the help of my old oven. I would not then lose my focus listening up to the very minute details if only to perfect my foray into baking - after all my cravings handily trump my laziness. Listing down of the ingredients would follow and the next visit to Sarawat supermarket would be all about picking up the perfect ingredients (albeit a little unfriendly to my monthly budget). After religiously perfecting instructions and time elements applied to it, voila! I had my first ever Popeyes buttermilk biscuits that surprisingly tasted exactly the same as the original. Thank God! 

Okay, I have to admit it, this little achievement (that shallow) has added to my confidence, and if I may add, to my really short resume. Now my mind wanders about endlessly at the prospect of maybe, just maybe, I could someday put up a small bakeshop in the Philippines specializing in this Popeyes imitation - in fact, I'm entertaining the thoughts of  cashing on it by hawking in the malls and maybe in Balad? I'm really giddy right now haha! And wait, my eldest daughter who graduated cum laude with a degree in HRM can be of great help - so, that would be a real plus!

Even as a kid, I really wanted to learn how to bake, but often times baking  seems so complicated to me especially with all those apparatus and baking utensils necessary. That's why this biscuit recipe is perfect for me. I remember baking wheat bread 2 years ago and it turned out really awful - the bottom of the bread was burnt as charcoal but the inside was still uncooked, But with the way things turning in my favor, I have every reason to be positive that this is only the beginning of more exciting things ahead, no kidding aside, I am seeing myself in the foreseeable future donning a baker's outfit and appeasing customers who have grown impatient to have their taste of the first Popeyes buttermilk biscuits - sans the name Popeyes. 


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