Jean from Madison, WI (2017 Week 8: Wisconsin Week)




Madison, WI

Baking Challenge

Jumble Biscuits

Give your baked creation a name and tell us about your flavors. Also, what are you most proud of?

Wisconsin Effigy Mound Jumble Biscuits: It is the typical recipe with ground caraway seeds, ground anise, and ground mace. Add in 3 cups of flour, 2/3 cup caster (baker’s) sugar, a little chunk of butter and 3 eggs mixed in with some water, and voila – dough that was perfectly pliable that in the words of my partner made me "look like I was having a Zen moment" while rolling. I am very happy with how the shapes retained their look after baking.

The key to this week’s challenge is your creative presentation. Describe your display.

Man Mound (actually located near Baraboo) is in the center of the display. Flying animal figures such as Eagle are near the top. Serpent and ground animal figures, such as Turtle and Bear are near the bottom. The presentation is simple so as to accent the importance of these historical figures.

It’s Wisconsin Week, so you need to showcase a super Wisconsin twist to your recipe and/or arrangement. Tell us about it.

I am in awe of and greatly respect Wisconsin’s effigy mounds. They are piles of earth that may or may not contain human remains made by Native Americans between A.D. 700-1100. Most are conical and lineal; however there are mounds in the shape of mammals and birds and more. Wisconsin is even home to the only man-shaped mound in North America. This week’s Baking Challenge honors the mounds in a unique way. All biscuits were made from mound shapes found in the "Spirits of Earth" book by Robert A. Birmingham.

How did you do?

Pleasantly satisfied.