"Dilsey prepared to make biscuit"
 

Unlike the crunchy British variety, American biscuits have a soft, bread-like texture similar to scones. They can be served in several ways and are popular as a breakfast dish with gravy. A classic American cookbook contains this economically-worded recipe: 

A typical southern breakfast of biscuits and gravy
Creative Commons AttributionA typical southern breakfast of biscuits and gravy - Credit: musical photo man
Recipe from the Young Wife's Cook Book (1870)
Public DomainRecipe from the Young Wife's Cook Book (1870) - Credit: Hannah Mary Peterson