Over a cup of coffee with my Mother the other day at breakfast, we reminisced about people and things from past to present. As I picked up a homemade biscuit to butter it, my Mother commented how much my Dad enjoyed having a soaker at breakfast. I chuckled because I fondly remember Dad and Grandma Lillie enjoying soakers. What is a soaker you say? Well, let me tell you the about coffee soakers!
First let’s start with the biscuit. One important aspect I need to mention upfront is the biscuit does need to be made from scratch or at least a facsimile of a scratch biscuit, i.e. not Pillsbury biscuits. A “canned” biscuit simply will not pass the taste test. Now I know most of the time we just eat the entire biscuit and do not pay attention to a specific aspect of the proverbial delicious fat pills. However, if you look at the anatomy of a biscuit, you find a top, a flaky middle and a bottom or heel. I bet you did not think a biscuit had an anatomy did you? Well, now you know! The heel of the biscuit is the part that rests on the pan while the biscuit bakes. When the baking is complete the heel is crusty and firmer than the rest of the biscuit.
Second, the coffee. Strong, hot coffee is a requirement. Now to make a soaker you pull the heel of the biscuit off and put it in a steaming cup of coffee. The biscuit heel should be placed heel up on the top of the coffee and then it proceeds to soak the coffee up. The biscuit heel will crumble a bit and it is best to eat it with a spoon. There are different versions of soakers and tied individual coffee tastes. Most of the time, as in the case of my Dad and Grandma Lillie, the coffee for a soaker is a bit sweet with cream. The soaker biscuit absorbs the sweet coffee and tastes a bit like a coffee cake. If the coffee is black the soaker flavor is like a soft biscotti or a bit tart. Taste is all a matter of preference! Just so you know I am not making soakers up here is another type of “soaky” biscuit. This version is a quite different and to me just not the same as fishing bits of biscuit out of your coffee cup!
So what are you waiting for? Brew a strong pot of coffee like our Revenuer or our Dark Corner Classic today and try a soaker. Remember it is ok to try something new and new does not have to be complicated! I can assure you my Dad and Grandma Lillie knew a good thing when they tasted it so soak it up!