Akin Traditions – “Merry Thankmas!”

I always make biscuits when our kids come to town, especially around the holidays. This year we celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas together the week of Thanksgiving, and we fondly call this “Merry Thankmas!” I learned a long time that you cannot worry about the date you celebrate family traditions. Our family is so large it is a miracle for all of us to get together in one place at the same time the few times a year we can. I’ve learned to celebrate being together whenever we can – and biscuits are always a treat during these times, particularly for the grown-up Akin Boys. They would think it’s a punishment not to have biscuits, and our daughters-in-law and our grandchildren also look forward to this holiday (and anytime) tradition.

Charlotte’s Biscuits

This recipe has been an Akin family FAVORITE for so long and one that we use for fellowships at the President’s Home. I love to give these biscuits as treats to friends because they’re great for breakfast or anytime during the day! They go great with your Christmas meals too! You can even have them for dessert like Dr. Danny Akin always does – smothered with honey. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

2 ½ cups Self-rising flour

¼-½ cup Crisco and 3 or 4 tablespoons of cold butter

1 1/3 cup Buttermilk – sometimes it takes more or less

¼ cup Butter melted for the tops of biscuits

Makes a dozen or more.

  • Cut Crisco and butter into flour with a pastry cutter or a fork
  • Stir in buttermilk a little at a time – you do not want the dough to be too wet.
  • Flour your surface then place the dough on it and knead it about 2 to 3 times (if you knead too much the biscuits will not be as tender as they should be).
  • Shape dough into a ball.
  • Pat dough out flat with your hands until about ½ to ¾ inch thick (be sure to flour your hands first).
  • Cut dough with a floured biscuit cutter or a floured glass and place on greased rimmed cookie sheet (Crisco) – press each biscuit down with your fingers just a little.
  • Gently form the remaining dough into another ball and pat down. Cut-out the rest of the dough. (You don’t want to waste any of this yummy goodness!!)
  • Butter the tops with the melted butter. You can use the back of the spoon you used to stir the butter or a pastry brush to spread the butter on the top of the biscuits! Bake at 450˚ until golden brown.

I pray each of you will get to relax and enjoy the wonderful season of Christmas with your family and those you love. Remember, it’s not a date that we are celebrating – we are celebrating the season of Advent, the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ who is the source of our joy and everything that we are in Him.

Merry Christmas and have a blessed New Year!

Love,

Charlotte Akin

Wife of Danny Akin, President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

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