I bet you thought this would be about the bear hunt. Well surprise, it is about garden decor. More specifically my fishing bears. They are dry cracked and two of them have lost their marbles. They needed some TLC.
That isn't the end of my bear story. I am here to say Gumbo Lily is right and there is nothing better than lard when baking. I took our guide's advice and made a blueberry pie using the bear grease in place of shortening. WOW. Again I quote my husband (twice in one post he is on a roll), "I don't like change, but this is the best pie crust ever."
Not only did I use the bear grease for a pie crust, but also in biscuits for my morning egg sandwiches. There are no photos of the breakfast sandwich, because we were hungry. I did have a biscuit leftover, slathered it in honey, and took a photo before eating it. The honey is from our beehives. Though I don't know if we will have bees much longer. Our keeper brought in a new hive and they are ornery. I've been stung 4 times already this year. Before this year, I've only been stung once since we got them in 2009. I wasn't even poking around the hives. Just working in the orchard. If they don't settle down they may have to go.
1 c. flour add another 1/2 if using bear grease
2 t. sugar
1/4 t. salt
1/2 c. bear grease or shortening
1/3 c. milk
2 t. baking powder
Sift dry ingredients, work in shortening until crumbly, add egg and milk. Don't over stir. Pat out on a floured surface. Don't overwork the dough. Bake at 350 degrees until brown. Sorry forgot to watch the timer.
Geeze, quite the weekend. That was only a quarter of what I did. It is good to get outside and get things done. Hopefully, some flowers will start blooming. What did you do this weekend?