Wednesday, February 11, 2015
A Mountain O' Swizzled Heart Shaped Biscuits
It started Friday. Endless batches of heart shaped biscuits. Medium. Large. Our entire stock of trays lined the long table in the Bodacious Biscuit room. Cooling plates covered the table. Eventually, we had to break out the card table to use as an additional biscuit refuge. It was non-stop baking through Monday night.
What a lot of people don't realize is that we bake our biscuits at home. We have a standard oven. No bells & whistles. Our kitchen is not equipped for a small commercial oven. Nor do we have the space. Depending on the size of the biscuit, we average about 2 bags per tray. Only one tray can bake at a time. We've tried two however, the heat doesn't distribute properly and the bottoms of the biscuits burn. So, one at a time. On average it takes about 20 minutes to bake a tray of biscuits. This is why we bake 'round the clock.
On Tuesday, it was time to swizzle the large biscuits. This involves melting the white chips with a spoonful of peanut butter. Once melted, the mixture is poured into a quart sized Ziploc bag. The bottom corner is snipped off. We swizzled a counter's worth of biscuits at a time. After a light coating of festive sprinkles, we let the swizzle harden. This takes about 10-15 minutes. We transfer the swizzled biscuits back to the trays and onto the long table in the biscuit room. We repeat this process until the biscuits are all swizzled.
Today, the biscuits were packaged. After stamping our labels, transferring the labels onto the bag, it's time to count and bag 'em up. Shipping boxes are taped, lined with tissue paper and each address label is handwritten. Then, the biscuits are boxed up, double checked, sealed and ready to go.
By the time Lisa returned home from work, the table was stacked with boxes o' biscuits. She loaded the car and ventured to the post office. Meanwhile, I went through the remaining orders that we'll be delivering on Friday. On top of that, we still have to bake biscuits for our displays. More baking. More swizzling. More packaging. Total. Biscuit. Chaos. But...we love every minute of it.
But for now...it's time to brew a fresh pot of coffee and spend a little time with the fur-kids.