Wagon train biscuits in Dutch oven (1842 recipe)

Discussion in 'Dutch Oven Recipes' started by wlkwichita, Nov 5, 2011.

  1. I saw a neat recipe for biscuits

    Soda biscuits are a different breed from the canned dough these days. These tasted like a biscuit/pancake hybrid. Very tasty with jam or bacon!! Below is the recipe and the link for it I found.

     My Lodge oven is pretty deep. The biscuits had to be turned to brown the tops.

     I am wondering if pre-heating of the DO and more coals on top would provide a solution?


    Wagon Train Biscuits

    Here is a great recipe for old fashioned biscuits...and I do mean old.
    I found it in the 1842 diary of Alice Stephans. She stated that it
    had been in her family for generations. She baked them in a Dutch
    oven and sometimes used what we now know as a "reflector fire." I use
    this recipe when camping and it is GREAT!


    2 cups flour
    4 teaspoons sugar
    2 teaspoons salt
    1 teaspoon soda
    4 teaspoons baking powder
    2/3 cup (lard) shortening
    2/3 cup buttermilk



    Dutch oven or cookie sheet


    Measure all dry ingredients and place into a large bowl. Cut in shortening thoroughly, until mixture looks like meal. Stir in buttermilk. If dough is not pliable, add just enough buttermilk to make the dough plyable. Roll out until dough is 3/4" thick, cut with biscuit cutter and place in dutch oven or on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes.

    Below are photos of this mornings efforts :)


    Last edited: Nov 5, 2011
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    It's been over 30 years since I was a Boy Scout and made Biscuits in a DO but I seem to remember we put a big pile of coals on top or about 20 Briquettes...They still look good!...JJ
  3. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    I have never made bisquits liek that but I'm always willing to try. Yours look awesome.
  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    MMMMMMMM, with a little sausage gravy!
  5. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I love soda bisquits and I can't wait to try that recipe!

    Thanks for posting!

    Good luck and good smoking.

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