By PAM BARKER
North Palm Beach Life
There is something nostalgic about the aroma of a kitchen with biscuits baking in the oven. It floods the senses with memories and makes the mouth water. Folks at The Loveless Cafe have understood this for decades, and after sampling their biscuit mix and preserves, we too, understand.
But, first let’s flip the calendar back to 1951, and the home owned by Annie and Lon Loveless, on the Natchez Trace Parkway, in Nashville, Tennessee. This married couple began cooking and serving home-cooked Southern food to travelers until it became so successful they turned the home into the cafe it is to this day. They added a motel, which is also now used for specialty shops and events. The original iconic, neon motel sign remains firmly in place.
Of course, we are more than a few miles from The Loveless Cafe, so we needed a different option to sample their decades-old staple.
Fortunately, the opportunity came came around and their Biscuit Mix and Strawberry Preserves arrived, securely and beautifully packaged. It was time to mix, bake and taste right in our own kitchen.
The texture of the mix is like silk -- soft and fluffy. All we did was add buttermilk, stir, roll out and use our biscuit cutter to form perfect circles. One dilemma, the package directions are for larger batches than we needed, so there was a bit of math to do in downsizing.
Baked at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, our biscuits were a bit thin in volume. That was not an issue as these biscuits, paired with Loveless Cafe Strawberry Preserves, were scrumptious, light, fluffy and melt-in-your mouth goodness.
However, as a lover of afternoon coffee and hot tea, I would take these biscuits into a different arena, not just pair with meals. Whip up some sweetened cream, and these delicate biscuits would work beautifully in place of traditional English scones. Of course, the strawberry preserves would be slathered on first. Southern Cuisine meets Old World Classic.
Personally, I don’t think there is anything more enjoyable than sharing comfort food with others. In stressful times, or anytime, food can be a tonic for the body and soul. Biscuits and preserves, the Loveless Way, fits the bill.
GERRY: Totally agree with Pam -- these biscuits were top shelf. A lot of other people must agree, since they crank out up to 10,000 biscuits a day! You can bet next time we are in the Nashville area, we'll make a point to pay a visit, especially since they also offer a homemade banana pudding (my all-time favorite dessert) that features their own vanilla wafers made from scratch! On second thought, maybe for the sake of my waistline, it's better they aren't just down the street.
HOW TO ORDER: You can find the Biscuit Mix ($7) and Strawberry preserves ($10 for 8 oz. size) along with
many other products and recipes on their website HERE.
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