It is so, so cold outside! As we delve into the belly of winter, every homesteader is trying to warm up.
What better way to warm up than cook a hearty breakfast?
As a child I used to spend winters at my grandma’s farm. She lived in the middle of nowhere in the Oklahoma woods, so we often spent time together in the kitchen. That’s where I learned about a beloved secret of Southern cooking: chocolate gravy.
I know what you’re thinking. “Gravy” and “chocolate” sound like they shouldn’t go together. But they do!
My Nanny would make a batch of biscuits (made with butter from her cows, no less) and top them with a generous heap of chocolate gravy. It was the perfect way to wake up and face a chilly day.
In the spirit of winter and coziness, here’s my Nanny’s recipe for chocolate gravy and biscuits.
P.S. Pigs will happily eat your leftovers!
Chocolate gravy ingredients
⅓ cup cocoa powder
3 tablespoons flour
¾ cup sugar
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Chocolate gravy directions
- In a large bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, flour, sugar, and salt.
- Pour the dry mixture into a sauce pan and whisk.
- Slowly pour in your 2 cups of milk, whisking constantly. Whisk until all lumps are gone.
- Cook for 7 minutes, whisking slowly. The gravy will thicken and start to boil.
- Once it’s thickened to your likeness, take the pan off heat.
- Stir in the butter and vanilla.
1 ¾ cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter, frozen
⅔ cup milk
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a food processor, add flour, baking powder, and salt. Pulse until combined.
- Add chunks of butter into the mixture, pulsing as you go.
- Pour the butter-flour mixture into a large bowl.
- Stir in ⅔ cup of milk and work into a rough dough with your hands.
- Roll the dough into ½ inch thickness.
- Use a biscuit cutter or dinner glass to cut biscuits into desired size. Transfer to baking sheet with parchment.
- Bake the biscuits for 10 minutes, until they’re well risen and golden brown.
To serve this delicious breakfast, simply top the biscuits with chocolate gravy. Enjoy with a cup of coffee to warm up before a busy day of homesteading.