Friday, March 12, 2010

Ol' Timey Buttermilk Biscuits

I am the only person I know who still makes biscuits.

That's a darn shame.

The canned ones taste canned.  The frozen ones are pretty good, but where's the love?

I made these for dinner the other night and my daughter helped me pat out the dough.  She cut most of them out and brushed the butter on top of each one.  "That was really fun, Mommy!"  Memories.

There are really only four secrets to good biscuits:
1)  Don't overwork the dough.  Knead only until it comes together.
2)  Use a soft-wheat flour.  Look on the package.  If it was produced at a Southern plant or says "made for biscuits" on the label, you're good to go.
3)  The fat should be cold.
4)  Buttermilk makes them better.  It gives the dough a texture and tang that you can't get any other way.

They are easy to make.  Promise.

4 cups all-purpose, soft-wheat flour
1 tablespoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon fine salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons baking powder
1/3 cup very cold, unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1/3 cup very cold Crisco, cut into cubes
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup melted butter, for brushing the biscuit tops

Mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Add the butter and Crisco and cut in the fat with two knives or a pastry blender until it is well distributed.  The mixture should look like coarse cornmeal.

Add the buttermilk, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened.  Too dry?  Add more buttermilk.  Too sticky?  Don't add extra flour at this point.

Turn dough onto a heavily or lightly floured board or counter (depending on how sticky the dough is); knead lightly four or five times.

Pat out the dough to a thickness of 3/4"-1".  Cut with a 2 3/4" round cookie cutter or biscuit cutter.  I place the biscuits on a Silpat-lined sheet pan.  Lining the sheet pan with parchment paper will also work well.  Brush the tops with melted butter.

Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown and delicious!

Makes 15 biscuits.  ( I could only fit 12 on one pan!)

Yes, they're fattening.  We ate a few, gave some away and I froze a couple.  But they are SO worth the effort!
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  1. Love making biscuits. Just bought some buttermilk to make some. I think people have forgotten how easy it can be. Yours look wonderful.

  2. Thanks, Laura! And sausage gravy makes them even better ;)

  3. You won me over, I LOVE real biscuits! And sausage gravy? That's a meal!

  4. Thanks, Chris. I agree. That's one of my favorite meals. I love to make gravy biscuits for Sunday night supper.



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