A sweet and simple gift idea for any occasion - birthday, housewarming (or Father's Day, which is coming up awfully soon!) Who wouldn't love a basket of fresh-baked goodies?
When I was planning what to include in this basket, I was certain on the cookies and jam. I just needed one more thing. Here was my thought process:
Something to put the jam on... bread? No, not enough time and we're out of yeast. *sigh*
Soda bread? Nope. We don't have yogurt either, which is my oft-used buttermilk substitute. *more exasperated sigh*
I was feeling a bit like Old Mother Hubbard with the bare cupboard.
What in heaven's name am I supposed to make? Biscuits maybe... I went frantically searching the Google for a biscuit recipe sans buttermilk. Clickety-click, clickety-click. (Frantic typing.) And I found one! *sigh of relief*
Fast forward an hour, and I had a beautiful pan of exceptionally buttery, tender biscuits with a nice crust on top. Success!
The idea of a biscuit basket didn't actually hit me until the next day, when I remembered that in Britain, they call cookies biscuits. Weird, but cute. Anyhow, I realized that my gift basket very conveniently held both American and British biscuits. :)
If you'd like to recreated the clever biscuit basket, I've included some recipes below.
Biscuits sans buttermilk from Mom on Timeout
or my Scarborough Fair biscuit recipe
Jam or Jelly
Strawberry Rhubarb Jam from AllRecipes
or Apple Jelly (this would pair well with the Scarborough Fair biscuits!)
Mild-Mannered Monster Cookies from Heartland Lady
or any other cookie you can imagine. :)
A-tisket, a-tasket, enjoy you're biscuit basket! (Ok, I'll stop now. Hehe.)
'Til next time,
P.S. While your baking, you could listen to Ella Fitzgerald singing "A-Tisket, A-Tasket!"