grandma daisy’s kitchen

daisy in the kitchen

Daisy, my 89-year-old grandma from Braselton, Georgia, knows how to turn out a good baked good. My friends sure love her recipes I’ve made, and a few have contacted me recently for the how-to. Here are a few of her classics:

Grandma Daisy’s Buttermilk Biscuits (the best in the world)

A “grandma’s house” tradition, these flaky golden biscuits are perfect topped with butter and honey. She’d often have honey fresh from a local farmer.

  • 1 c whole wheat flour
  • 1 c white flour, sifted
  • 2.5 t baking powder
  • 3/4 t salt
  • 1/4 t baking soda
  • 1 c buttermilk
  • 1/2 c Crisco (I sub this unhealthy ingredient with butter or unhydrogenated shortening you can find @ health food stores)
Mix ingredients and turn out on a lightly floured board. Roll or flatten, then use cookie cutters (I love my hand-shaped cutter) or get creative by molding the dough into something special (I usually make a dinosaur with each batch). Bake @ 425° for 10–12 minutes.

Grandma Daisy’s Zucchini Bread

While most folks have banana bread, it was always zucchinis that made it to Daisy’s oven—probably because lots of locals grow squash around Braselton. We always toasted any leftovers, and added butter of course.

  • 3 eggs
  • 3 c flour
  • 2 c grated zucchini
  • 1 c cooking oil
  • 2 c sugar (I often put way less than this)
  • 3 t vanilla
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 3 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t baking powder
  • optional 1 c raisins
  • optional 1/2 c chopped walnuts

Lightly beat eggs in bowl, then stir in oil, sugar, zucchini and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients in separate bowl, then stir into egg mixture until well blended. Add raisins and nuts. Bake in greased bread pans @ 375° for 1–1.25 hours.

  1. Elaine said:

    I am soooo printing these out and sticking them in my recipe box for later!! And your Grandma’s photo is adorable!

  2. liskorb said:

    thanks Elaine! She is the cutest grandma… always reminded me of a koala :)

    • liskorb said:

      should have said “reminds” me of a koala… she’s still going strong at 89, and still resembles a koala (at least I think so).

  3. susan korb said:

    WOW!! What a surprise to see your blog on Grandmama Daisy. It made her very happy and brought a smile to her face. It made me hungry!! Love Mom and Grandmama.

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