Saturday, August 13, 2011

Making your own wine and a new to me recipe.


I got dh a gift certificate to make a batch of wine for Father's Day.  It was finally ready to bottle on Friday night.  He made a Chardonnay. 

First we had to sterilize the bottles. 

Then we had to fill the bottles and then put the cork in it. 

 Put the cap thingy on and then label them.
Sorry about the the quality of the photos.  We also started a batch of Shiraz that will be ready for bottling by the end of September.  We bottled 29 bottles and a half bottle.

I tried a new to me recipe on Friday morning.

Tea Biscuits:

2 cups all purpose/plain flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
4 Tbsp sugar
1 cup milk
1 cup sour cream
2 Tbsp shortening or butter

Mix together dry ingredients.  Blend in shortening, I rubbed it in with my fingers.  Add milk and sour cream, creme fraiche will also do.  Blend well.  Drop spoonfuls onto cookie sheet.  Bake @ 450oF for 12 to 15 minutes.

Must say they were good.  However they hardly rose so not sure what happened.  They are so moist and tasted great with butter and raspberry jam.


Rose said...

Maybe they weren't supposed to raise much??? I have been known to make a cake 'fall' because I like them that way. Looked at the recipe closer and guess they were supposed to raise, but I swear I would like them like they are. Probably prefer them actually.

Iris said...

No need to apologize that the third picture got blurry! We all know that these things can happen when wine is involved! (hehe)

MyBulletinBoard said...

The biscuits look good to me, but I really like your cooling rack. Mine are straight wires, but I think the crisscross arrangement would work better. Well, it's late and I have a headache. Each to his own, huh?. . . . . . Liz

Sue Sharp said...

I wonder if there is a hiccup in the recipe? It lists 4 tsp baking soda
and a further 1/2 tsp baking soda and I can't see why as they're not used separately. Perhaps it should be 4 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp baking soda (or even 4 tsp baking soda and 1/2 tsp baking powder, although that seems less likely). Four teaspoons of baking powder would certainly make them rise!