Thursday, October 20, 2011

Simple Biscuits

Did you see the Steak Soup I blogged about last week?  Let me tell you it was tasty, and these simple biscuits that I'm getting ready to share with you was a perfect match! 


I've never made biscuits from scratch before, and to be quite honest I was a little afraid to give it a try.  Maybe it's because my dad attempted to make me and my brothers homemade biscuits once and he totally goofed it up?!  I'm going with that. ;)  The recipe called for a lot of sugar and instead he put a lot of salt (I'll give him the benefit of the doubt, it was super early and was half asleep)!  They looked fabulous, but needless to say we took one bite and we spit them out!  Poor guy was tramatized, and hasn't made them since. 
I was randomly looking on Pinterest (click to follow me!), which I feel like I spend a lot of time on there here lately, and I found these Basic Biscuits.  This particular recipe is from Budget Bytes, which is a blog dedicated to giving you the cost per serving for each reipe.  So not only are these Biscuits great, they are a lot cheaper than canned Biscuits.  I think these will be my go to biscuits from here on out...no more canned biscuits for us!  ;)

A note before you get started...the original recipe calls for Buttermilk, but I didn't have Buttermilk and learned from Budget Bytes that if you add vinegar or lemon juice to your milk it will make Buttermilk.  Great tip!

Ingredients:
1 cup of Milk
1 tbsp of mild vinegar or lemon juice
2 cups AP flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
4 tbsp (1/2 stick) cold butter

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a small bowl pour in milk and add lemon juice (or vinegar) and put back into refrigerater until you're ready to use it. Unless you have buttermilk, you can use that instead.
3. In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. 
4. Slice the butter into pats and add to flour mixture.  Using your hands, smoosh together the dry ingredients with the butter until its incorporated.  It takes a little bit, but you will end up with a "fine sand" type texture.  You can use your food prossesor if you'd like or a special pastry tool that cuts in butter.
5. Stir in the "buttermilk" until mixture is wet.  The dough will be very sticky at this point.  Squish it into a ball.
6. Spread some flour out on your countertop, and flour your hands.  Grab your dough and flatten it out on the countertop until it's about 3/4" thick.  Cut out biscuits using a cutter or cup, put on to baking sheet.  You will need to reform the dough, flatten it back out until you've used it all up.
7. Bake the biscuits at 450 degrees for 15 minutes, until they are golden brown on top.  Eat plain, slather with butter, jelly, or some honey! 

We ate some smothered with grape jelly, but we also dipped them in our Steak Soup.  It was fab!! :)  Next time I make some B&G (biscuits & gravy), I'm going to make these biscuits!


How do you like to eat your biscuits?  Plain, smothered in honey, jelly, gravy, etc?



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