Biscuit Results…

I dreamed I was making the most perfect biscuits… all soft and fluffy, raised up and just a hint of sweetness and ready for some jam or gravy or just a big old dollop of butter.

I’ve never been able to really make them good. At least, I’ve never tried much and the few times I tried, well, they were not so good.

So, when I woke, I got out to the store and got a fresh carton of buttermilk and a few other things…. (puppy chow and some more canning jars for peaches and more pickles, but that’s later…) and got started. Cutting the butter into the flour, mixing and kneading.

I was surprised at how quickly they worked up. It really wasn’t that hard. And only about 10 minutes from mixing to the pan. I made up two batches, the two different recipes I had found.

Then I fried up some sausage and made a batch of scrambled eggs and called up my youngin’s and we sat down to a lovely brunch… and enjoyed the fruits of my baking labor…

The biscuit on the left is the first recipe. The simple one, flour, butter and buttermilk. Hands down, this was not a good one. It was thick and doughy and like nasty really. Gypsy was not impressed and even the pup had to work at hers for a good while… thick as a brick… Yuck.

Now, the second recipe, the one with baking powder and a little bit of honey, and that you fold over and over the dough? That was definitely the better of the two. I would have liked to see it raise up a bit more, I thought it really didn’t increase much in size from when I put it in the oven and took it out. However, I suspect that my baking powder might be the culprit there… It’s old and expired! HAHA…. Okay, I think I need to get a fresh batch and try again.

But they were mighty tasty and certainly won today’s bake off contest…

And they were DELISH with our fresh strawberry jam….


Deliciously Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits

2 cups all-purpose flour (9 ounces)
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces
3/4 cup buttermilk
3 tablespoons honey

1. Preheat oven to 400°.
2. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl; cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Chill 10 minutes.
3. Combine buttermilk and honey, stirring with a whisk until well blended. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture; stir just until moist.
4. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead lightly 4 times. Roll dough into a (1/2-inch-thick) 9 x 5–inch rectangle; dust top of dough with flour. Fold dough crosswise into thirds (as if folding a piece of paper to fit into an envelope). Reroll dough into a (1/2-inch-thick) 9 x 5–inch rectangle; dust top of dough with flour. Fold dough crosswise into thirds; gently roll or pat to a 3/4-inch thickness. Cut dough with a 1 3/4-inch biscuit cutter to form 14 dough rounds. Place dough rounds, 1 inch apart, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 400° for 12 minutes or until golden. Remove from pan; cool 2 minutes on wire racks. Serve warm.

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Biscuit Results… — 4 Comments

  1. Haha… Yeah, I used regular flour… probably, it’s all I have. I should have gotten some Martha White Self Rising Flour! Silly me!

  2. LOL! They’re a trick with ‘making’ self rising flour. Add 1 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt per cup. This is why us homesteaders need to stick together. I say give the first recipe another go. I should do that same. The picture with the biscuit and strawberry jam is just too good not to drool over!

  3. I made the flakey biscuits for dinner. They were good but I think my baking powder was also old. They hardly roase and were VERY dense. I’ll make this again soon with new baking powder.