In the Family Trivium household, we all like biscuits. We like them with butter. We like them honey. We like them with fruit spreads – jam, jelly, preserves, marmalade, etc. Mr. Family Trivium even likes them with sausage and gravy. We don’t eat biscuits often, but when we do, we savor them.
A biscuit, to Americans anyways, is defined by the Oxford Dictionaries as “A small, typically round cake of bread leavened with baking powder, baking soda, or sometimes yeast.” The Oxford Dictionaries further explain the word’s origin:
Middle English: from Old French bescuit, based on Latin bis ‘twice’ + coctus, past participle of coquere ‘to cook’ (so named because originally biscuits were cooked in a twofold process: first baked and then dried out in a slow oven so that they would keep).
The Online Etymology Dictionary dates the Old French usage to the 12th Century, while first U.S. use, in reference to the “soft bun,” which we know and love today, was made in 1818.
These days, we generally have biscuits while dining out. Occasionally, on a lazy winter morning, Mr. Family Trivium has been know to wake up before everyone else (he actually does that part almost every day), then fire up the oven and put together the ingredients for homemade fresh biscuits. Though simple, these fresh out of the oven biscuits are some of the best.If you have a favorite biscuit, feel free to let us know about it in the comments.