Biscuits

This post is for my lovely cousin-in-law Beth, who is in need of an easy biscuit recipe. Resist the urge to buy Pillsbury rolls. They’re full of hydrogenated fats and have a fake butter flavor. Once you eat a real biscuit, you’ll never want the refrigerated store variety again. Real biscuits are buttery and crisp and have a flavor unmatched by anything you could buy in a store. And, once you get the hang of them they’re fast and easy to make.

Here are a few key points to remember when making biscuits:

  1. Make sure your butter is cold. Like pie dough, you need to use chilled butter.
  2. Don’t overwork the dough, which will only make your biscuits rubbery.
  3. Make sure your oven is nice and hot before you begin.

So here’s my recipe. Good luck, Beth!

Biscuits

Makes: 10 – 12 biscuits

Ingredients:

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp cream of tartar

1/2 tsp kosher or sea salt

1/4 cup butter (cold and cut into cubes)

1 cup buttermilk or whole milk


Preparation Using a Food Processor:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Using the pastry blade, pulse flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt together.
  3. Add the butter and pulse around 10 times, or until the butter and flour are incorporated so you have little pebbles.
  4. Add the milk and pulse 2 – 3 times, or until you have a rough ball.
  5. Scatter flour onto a solid counter surface or a cutting board and pour the biscuit mixture on top of it.
  6. Roll dough into a 1/2-inch thick piece and cut individual pieces using a biscuit cutter, glass, cup or ramekin.
  7. Place biscuits on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until biscuits are lightly browned.

Preparation Using Your Hands:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, stir flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt together.
  3. Using a pastry cutter or your hands, blend the butter into the flour mixture until the butter is fully incorporated and you have little pebbles.
  4. Add the milk and mix until you have a rough ball.
  5. Scatter flour onto a solid counter surface or a cutting board and pour the biscuit mixture on top of it.
  6. Roll dough into a 1/2-inch thick piece and cut individual pieces using a biscuit cutter, glass, cup or ramekin.
  7. Place biscuits on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until biscuits are lightly browned.



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