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The Famous Nashville House Fried Biscuit Recipe

Nothing says "welcome" like a basket of fresh, Nashville House Fried biscuits!

Nothing says "welcome" like a basket of fresh, Nashville House Fried biscuits!

Back Home In Indiana

Growing up in Indiana was a memorable experience for me. I vividly remember the endless rows of corn and soybeans that lined the country roads. Traveling Indiana State Route 27 was a path through small towns filled with people who knew the simple pleasures of life, the road was simply a ribbon that united them as family.

Indiana is all about family, mostly farmers who have kneaded the bread basket of our country. One of my best friends in grade school lived on a huge working farm. On my first visit, I saw some of the most enormous machines in this world, called tractors, that they used to work the fields and bale hay. After the farm work was completed, we walked the tilled soil looking for arrowheads brought forth by the sharp blades of the combines. It was marvelous walking the rows of loose ground, watching the dust kick up between our feet, and knowing that this was a joyous freedom bestowed upon tillers of the soil.

Indiana has made Hoosier basketball a household name, and many sons (and daughters) have become famous beyond the boundaries of our nation. Indiana is a place where parades still have meaning, hayrides and bonfires are highlights in celebrating the harvest, and a neighbor is everyone you meet.

There are times I can't help but miss my old Indiana home!


Serving Up Warm Biscuits!

The inside of the biscuit is fluffy and moist.

The inside of the biscuit is fluffy and moist.

Nashville: A Shopping Experience To Remember

The Nashville shops line their walkways with beautiful flowers during the fall season.

The Nashville shops line their walkways with beautiful flowers during the fall season.

Nashville, Indiana

Nestled among the hills of Brown County and just before you get to the popular state park is Nashville, Indiana. It is home to artisans and craftsman who offer visitors an eclectic shopping experience within a pioneer setting. Here you can spend hours browsing through the art galleries, craft shops, boutiques and historic homes reminiscent of the early settlers of this area.

Tucked away in the corner of the village is the famous Brown County Inn. The Inn offers guests all the usual amenities, including features such as a pool, tennis courts, and children's playground. The resort itself is a reminder of days-gone-by as the main lobby reminds one of a pioneer's log cabin. My family stayed here during our visit and had an enjoyable experience.

The last evening of our stay, we dined at the Nashville House Restaurant located in the center of the historic village. It was the first hostelry in Brown County, built in 1859 during the Civil War. A fire tragically destroyed the original building in 1943, the Nashville House was lovingly rebuilt. The Old Country Store located inside the restaurant continues to draw scores of visitors and neighbors. It is a landmark renowned for savory home cooked meals, antiques and friendly, old-fashioned hospitality. (Source: browncountyinn.com)

We had some of the most delicious ribs, hams, and steaks served with baked apple butter and steamed vegetables. However, what I remember the most to this day are their fried biscuits. They are served with every meal and when you top them with apple butter, you will feel like you have died and gone to heaven.

For your own pleasure, I have included the recipe below. There are several versions out there for these biscuits, but I got this one from a friend of mine who brought them into work on occasion. You can enjoy these with a meal or as a snack with jam, applesauce or cheese. At lunch, they really make a simple garden salad seem like a feast! The recipe makes over five dozen biscuits, but they can be stored in the freezer for a couple of months without losing their wonderful, buttery flavor.

The Rollling Hills Of Indiana

The hills of Brown County Indiana are perfect for watching weather changes. Photo courtesy of Vortex Interactive, Z. Mendez

The hills of Brown County Indiana are perfect for watching weather changes. Photo courtesy of Vortex Interactive, Z. Mendez

State Park Vacations

Brown County State Park

When we lived in the midwest, one of our favorite jaunts was an afternoon in Brown County, which is located in southern Indiana. The area is popular with tourists, hikers, and native Indiana "Hoosiers" for its rustic beauty and charm, especially during the autumn.

The main attraction in Brown County is the State Park. Nicknamed the "Little Smokies" because of the area's resemblance to the Great Smoky Mountains, Brown County encompasses nearly 16,000 acres of rugged hills, ridges and fog-shrouded ravines. It is Indiana's largest state park with nearly 20 miles of tree-lined roads and many scenic vistas overlooking miles of uninterrupted forestland. (Source: in.gov/dnr/parklake/2988.htm)

My husband and I have hiked the trails of this park and I can attest that it offers challenging uphill and downhill paths in degrees of pleasure. It also has 70 miles of horse trails for those who wish to venture out alone, or to be lead by a park guide. If mountain biking is a thrill, then you will not be disappointed as you ride over and through the most hilly, narrow paths nature can provide.

Brown County State Park

The park is a popular tourist spot during the Fall season due to the colorful leaves that cover the rollling hills of Indiana.

The park is a popular tourist spot during the Fall season due to the colorful leaves that cover the rollling hills of Indiana.

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Nashville House Fried Biscuit Recipe

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

1 hour 45 min

25 min

2 hours 10 min

Approximately 5 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 quart milk, or almond milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar, or turbinado sugar
  • 2 and 2/3 package dry yeast, or 1/6 cup yeast
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening, or pure lard
  • 6 teaspoons salt
  • 7 to 9 cups flour, all purpose (will vary with preference), or, whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup water (warm), or whole milk (optional: almond milk)
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Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, add yeast to water; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, and salt. Note: Start with 7 cups of flour for this portion of the recipe. Add additional flour to Step 3 as needed to make a smooth, pliable texture.
  3. Add the shortening to the dry ingredients. Mix by hand, or use a bread mixer (food processor will also work), until the mixture is integrated and looks mealy.
  4. Gradually pour the milk into this mixture. Mix until creamy.
  5. Add the yeast-water to the creamy mixture. Knead dough until it is soft and pulls away from the bowl.
  6. Cover the bowl, and place the dough in a warm area to rise. Note: Check on the dough every thirty minutes. When it has tripled in size you can begin to make the biscuits. Try not to let the dough rise too high.
  7. When the dough has risen, cut into strips. Cut each strip into biscuit size portions. Drop the biscuits into hot shortening (slightly hotter than 350 degrees)
  8. Fry the biscuits until they are a light golden brown, flipping them as each side browns. Total time is about one minute per biscuit.

Back Home Again In Indiana

© 2012 Dianna Mendez

Comments

Nyesha Pagnou MPH from USA on February 17, 2020:

I enjoyed reading this hub! Thanks so much for sharing the fried biscuits recipe!

Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on June 04, 2018:

My husband will love these biscuits. They remind me of the fried dough they make up near Canada. I will be trying out this wonderful sounding recipe.

Dianna Mendez (author) on December 23, 2017:

These biscuits are so good and ones you will remember for a long time. Thanks for stopping by Chitrangada and Audrey.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 19, 2017:

This is mouth watering and I can almost smell it. You described it so nicely with your pictures. On my list to prepare this delicious biscuit.

Thanks for sharing the details!

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on April 28, 2017:

Well I just learned that Nashville, Tn. also shares it's name with Indiana. :) Tempting recipe you've shared here and I'll be singing in the kitchen as I gather up ingredients for these biscuits!

Dianna Mendez (author) on September 01, 2015:

I do love these fried biscuits, Audrey. I have to limit myself to two to stay fit. Some days, I just go ahead and have a few more! Thanks for stopping by, dear lady.

Audrey Howitt from California on August 14, 2015:

This is just right up my alley--I love this and have to try it!

Dianna Mendez (author) on August 13, 2015:

Vocal, thanks for your comment on this simple but so rich biscuit recipe. I know I can't eat just one! Blessings!

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on March 23, 2015:

There are so many friends to share this recipe with. I'd best get started. Lovely hub my friend. Enjoyed learning about Nashville, Indiana.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 20, 2014:

I just got a jar of apple butter and now I will have to make a batch of rolls to go with it. Thanks for the idea. Enjoy your week, Twila

Twila on October 17, 2014:

You must eat them with apple butter. It is a must.

Dianna Mendez (author) on April 12, 2014:

Ologsinquito, we did enjoy a wonderful time together, especially having those yummy treats. The park is a lovely place to hike and enjoy the outdoors. Have a wonderful week, dear friend.

ologsinquito from USA on April 04, 2014:

This is a nice article. I bet you had a wonderful time with your sisters at that reunion. This part of Indiana looks lovely, especially the shots of that large state park. Voted up and shared.

Dianna Mendez (author) on March 05, 2014:

Dearabbysmom, glad you could relate to these wonderful morsels of bread. I can't stop eating them once I start. Enjoy your week, dear lady.

VVanNess, you will enjoy this warm soft biscuits. Glad you stopped by for a visit. Be safe and well.

Dianna Mendez (author) on March 05, 2014:

Dearabbysmom, glad you could relate to these wonderful morsels of bread. I can't stop eating them once I start. Enjoy your week, dear lady.

VVanNess, you will enjoy this warm soft biscuits. Glad you stopped by for a visit. Be safe and well.

Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on February 26, 2014:

I have heard about these wonderful delicacies but have never experienced one. This recipe looks amazing! I'm going to have to give it a shot!

dearabbysmom from Indiana on February 26, 2014:

Wow, thank you for a trip back to childhood. I grew up in Central Indiana, and a trip to Nashville was always arranged for fall, when the leaves were so beautiful. A highlight of that trip would be dinner at the Nashville House, and really, the fried biscuits were all I remembered! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 13, 2013:

Thank you, Renee, for this information. I can see how baking the apples provides a better texture and taste for meals. We are now more educated.

Renee_FL on October 13, 2013:

Emily, baked apple butter is prepared in the oven. The process includes baking the apples until soft; processing them through a food mill; adding all the good things that give the apples the wonderful apple butter flavor; and then back into the oven for a final bake. Most recipes use apple cider, spices, and sugar. The one my mom used had cinnamon candies and sugar, but not cider. I've seen many variations, even one that uses a slow cooker rather than the oven. Do some searching and see what you can find.

Dianna Mendez (author) on October 12, 2013:

Wow, this is embarrassing for me. I didn't get these notifications on a timely basis. I am so thankful for the wonderful support. Thank you, Renee and Emily. I am so glad that someone else has experienced those wonderful biscuits. I do miss them as well. Emily, I believe the apple butter is baked on the meal itself in the oven? I only eat it, it's wonderful!

Emily on October 01, 2013:

The biscuits sounds amazing. But what is BAKED apple butter? How is is made differently from regular applebutter. Where can I get THAT recipe?!

Susan

Renee FL on September 16, 2013:

I was thinking about these biscuits a few days ago and decided to search for the recipe. Almost 10 years ago I moved to Florida from Indianapolis so I'm very familiar with fried biscuits, and those from Brown County are nothing like canned biscuits! Break one open and watch the steam escape, slather it with a little butter and lots of apple butter....I miss them terribly! For the first time I'll try them with some homemade peach butter, a recipe I've made several times, but apple butter will be present as well. I'm going to try and make some for a family & friends get-together in October. It will surely bring back memories for the family and our non-Hoosier friends will learn something about our food.

Dianna Mendez (author) on March 04, 2013:

Tillsontitan, I can't make this recipe too often as I overindulge in them. Glad you enjoyed the tour and the recipe idea. Have a wonderful week, dear friend.

Mary Craig from New York on February 27, 2013:

And now a new place I've never heard of before! Nashville, Indiana! How interesting and it definitely looks lovely, state park and all. Those biscuits sound delicious and I have a feeling there'll be a lot of biscuits frying very sooon.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

Dianna Mendez (author) on January 03, 2013:

Bobbi, I love biscuits -- fried are the best kind, but have to limit myself to two. Thanks for coming by here and for your positive comment. Enjoy your weekend, friend.

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on January 03, 2013:

I can believe that you miss being there---looking arrowheads is something I did as a child growing up in the country. What wonderful childhood memories a lot of us share.

Now I am hungry for some biscuits---the picture looks so wonderful.

Thanks for the interesting journey and sharing some of the good times.

Bobbi Purvis

Dianna Mendez (author) on December 18, 2012:

Tillsontitan, I appreciate your witty comment - if only it was movie making material! Thanks for stopping here today. I love your visits and always enjoy seeing you.

Mary Craig from New York on December 18, 2012:

Indiana history, state parks, beautiful photos topped with a great recipe! This is a truly enticing hub teaches, it has all the makings of a follow-up movie ;) Loved it!

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

Dianna Mendez (author) on November 25, 2012:

Unknown, glad you liked the recipe. The biscuits are pretty good.

Audra, I'll bet Micah knows where this place is at in Indiana. I do have passion for biscuits, they are like fluffy edible pillows. Thanks for the feedback on the post, good to know they are attractive for readers. Take care and enjoy your week. Blessings.

AudraLeigh on November 25, 2012:

Did I ever tell you that I LOVE Biscuits!!!!!! I am not a foodie, but hunger for those I saw in your picture! I showed Micah your hub. He is originally from Bloomington. I think you are so great at outlining and formatting your hubs!!! I am pinning this recipe!!!

Life Under Construction from Neverland on November 25, 2012:

your recipe is so good. just by the look of it, mouthwatering and so delicious. wished i could make one as good as this.

Dianna Mendez (author) on November 23, 2012:

I am glad you stopped by Anuramkumar. I hope you find them easy to make and enjoy with a bit of honey or applesauce.

anuramkumar from Chennai, India on November 23, 2012:

I just loved this recipe. Am going to try it out this weekend. Thnx for the wonderful recipe.

Dianna Mendez (author) on November 23, 2012:

Ishawary, they may be similar in taste - such a small world isn't it? I would love to taste one of the inippu-paniyarams, they sound interesting. Thanks for the comment on the post and your support. You enjoy your evening and weekend, friend.

Lrc, you are so right - these biscuits served warm with honey are so addicting! I can only imagine how much you must also resist that temptation! Thanks for coming by and adding to the conversation. Have a great weekend. dear one.

Linda Crist from Central Virginia on November 23, 2012:

I love that you incorporated family history, travel, and a great recipe all in one hub. The fried biscuits sound wonderful. One of the local restaurants in my area serves a fried biscuit with honey and I could eat a ton of them while they are still warm. Not good for the diet. :-) I am saving this recipe though. Thanks for sharing so much!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on November 22, 2012:

An engaging hub filled with warm memories, a tasty recipe, detailed instructions and clear step by step photos! I learnt more about your homeplace thanks to your eloquent narration. This recipe slightly resembles one particular Indian sweet of my home-state by the name of inippu-paniyaram in terms of look and texture. But they differ in terms of ingredients and taste. Way to go!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up, pinned & shared

Dianna Mendez (author) on November 22, 2012:

Lady E, it is really easy to eat five as they are fluffy and buttery. We only make them on occasion for this reason. Thanks for your visit here and hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful.

Elena from London, UK on November 22, 2012:

They look really delicious but I wonder why they call them biscuits, as the inside is so soft. I could eat 5 of them in a go. lol. Ok.... maybe 3. :-)

Thanks for the Recipe.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Dianna Mendez (author) on November 21, 2012:

I have been to Wisconsin and I do believe it is a mirror of Indiana. Lovely place, especially loved the cheese curds! The fried biscuits are similar to a donut without the extra sugar and glaze. Thank you for visiting, Peggy. Enjoy our holiday celebrations.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 21, 2012:

Loved reading this hub. Your memories of walking freshly tilled fields looking for arrowheads made me think of Wisconsin where we could do the same thing. Brown County State Park looks lovely. The fried biscuits must taste a bit like fried donuts I am guessing. Up, useful and interesting votes.

Dianna Mendez (author) on November 19, 2012:

Priyakamera, I am glad you liked the recipe idea. It has a great buttery flavor and one that I cannot resist when it comes to dinnertime. Thanks for coming by for a visit.

priya on November 19, 2012:

Great to ready this recipe am going to try this

Dianna Mendez (author) on November 18, 2012:

Glad you like the biscuits, Terrye. They would go good with a thanksgivings meal. Enjoy!

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on November 18, 2012:

Teaches, these look heavenly! Saving this recipe to make for the Holidays. YUM!

Dianna Mendez (author) on November 11, 2012:

Thanks for stopping by, Victoria. If you ever get a chance, you must stop by this place and try the biscuits. Have a great week.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on November 11, 2012:

The biscuits look awesome, and the hub is beautiful, too, as you use so many useful elements. Incredible job!

Dianna Mendez (author) on November 11, 2012:

Thanks for coming by here, Rajan. Brown County is a rural area that holds a lot of beautiful hills to explore. Yes, it is a different recipe and quicker to make since you don't have to bake it.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 11, 2012:

Thanks for sharing this informative hub about Nashville, Indiana. The Brown County State Park appears a very beautiful and tranquil tourist place. The biscuits look super cool and nice to have a no bake biscuit recipe.

Voted up, interesting and shared.

Dianna Mendez (author) on November 11, 2012:

Kelley, your comments are generous. I was missing my old home and wanted to share some of the highlights. Your visit is appreciated and valued. Enjoy your day. Be blessed!

kelleyward on November 11, 2012:

This hub has everything. A great story, nice pictures, detailed information about the place you stayed. I love how you combined all these elements in this delicious looking recipe. Voted up, awesome, and shared. Kelley

Dianna Mendez (author) on November 11, 2012:

Unknown, I thank you for coming by and was delighted you did!

Life Under Construction from Neverland on November 10, 2012:

Cheers to this very wonderful hub! very great article to read

Dianna Mendez (author) on November 10, 2012:

I remember having really great biscuits & gravy for breakfast when we lived in Virginia. Throw a little salty ham on the plate and brown beans to make the morning flow well. Glad you came by here, Lyric, always good to see you. Take care and we'll talk again soon. Blessings!

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on November 10, 2012:

Teaches, very cool article!! Great on the recipe and I also enjoyed reading about Nashville, Indiana. I love biscuits and gravy. You can't never go wrong with great biscuits:) Being from WV, I can appreciate the fall beauty. Would really enjoy the nature there and horse trails. Voting this up and all across but funny. 5 stars and shared. Great info as always Teaches. Enjoy your weekend and see you soon.

Lyrics

Dianna Mendez (author) on November 10, 2012:

Remaniki, I hope you like them. They are a little on the extra calorie menu, but still very enjoyable when you can have them with a meal on occasion. Take care, dear lady.

Rema T V from Chennai, India on November 10, 2012:

Thanks for a very interesting recipe Dianna. Looks very rich and tasty! Will definitely try making them. Cheers, Rema.

Dianna Mendez (author) on November 09, 2012:

Mary, I don't have them often, but fried biscuits are a real treat with apple butter or a little cheese. Good to see you this evening, take care and enjoy your weekend.!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on November 09, 2012:

I enjoyed reading this Hub about a Nashville I didn't know existed and how to make fried biscuits! Got to try to make these.

I voted this UP, etc.

Dianna Mendez (author) on November 09, 2012:

Linda, Nashville, Indiana is a small gem in the midwest. People come from all over the world to this pioneer village. It is a great place to spend a weekend. The biscuits are wonderful, but addicting. I have to quit eating them... too rich. The petting zoo is plenty of farm experience for anyone! Thanks for visiting. Take care.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on November 09, 2012:

I had no idea there was a Nashville in Indiana. I wonder how that got by me. Not a shocker, since a lot goes over my head. Yummy biscuits, never had one. Never been on a farm either, except a petting zoo. Oh my, I've been sheltered. Haha! ;)

Dianna Mendez (author) on November 09, 2012:

Linda, fall is the best time of year to be in Indiana. I love the changing of the leaves and the crisp cool weather, I don't know what beignets are, but they must be really good if they are like fried biscuits. Thanks for coming by here today. Enjoy your weekend.

Linda Chechar from Arizona on November 09, 2012:

Southern Indiana is such a wonderful place to visit. I had the opportunity (many years ago) to go there at the peak of fall color. Absolutely beautiful. I love new bread recipes! These fried biscuits kind of remind me of beignets. Can't wait to try the recipe. Thanks, teaches!

Dianna Mendez (author) on November 08, 2012:

Girish, I am thrilled to know how much you like this recipe. Enjoy them with jam and tea!

Girish puri from NCR , INDIA on November 08, 2012:

I am going to share this recipe with my wife, i am sure i am going to enjoy the fresh hot biscuits tomorrow... thanks Dianna.

Dianna Mendez (author) on November 08, 2012:

Nell, these are similar to bread rolls, but they have a slightly firm crust that defines them as a biscuit. I think jonny cakes are made with cornbread, but they are along the same line of bread recipes. Glad you like them. Enjoy your day!

Nell Rose from England on November 08, 2012:

Being English I get so confused with the American idea of biscuits! lol! to us a biscuit is what you calll a cookie, but these seem more like bread rolls? actually thinking about it, I remember having a friend years ago from jamaica, and they fried them like this, they called them jonny cakes, so maybe something similar? either way sounds yummy! lol!

Dianna Mendez (author) on November 08, 2012:

Star, absolultely cook it in vegetable oil. That is what we use - crisco or sunflower are good choices. I think making half the recipe is a better idea indeed! Enjoy.

Whonu, I hear you -- lived in Virginia and biscuits were part of every meal, almost. Glad you enjoyed the post. We'll have to go have a biscuit for dinner!