Not-from-a-can BiscuitsPosted: July 20, 2011
I was going to make a salad for dinner tonight, but then I thought, “Why?” So I made biscuits instead. Obvious decision, right?
Mmmm. Biscuits are one of the simplest, most delicious breads you can make. No really, everyone should make biscuits at least once. If you are up for a little excitement, bake up one of the can biscuits, and one from scratch and have a little beauty pageant. Homemade biscuits are big and fluffy and sweet and salty and can biscuits are flat and have a weird after taste and an off yellow color.
One reason biscuits are so simple is that they don’t require any unusual ingredients. Most home cooks, even the most inexperienced will have the ingredients on hand, which makes them perfectly convenient.
2 cups flour
1 t. salt
1 T. sugar
1 T. baking powder
1/2 cup softened butter (or margarine, or shortening)
3/4 cup milk
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In large mixing bowl (or kitchenaid bowl) combine dry ingredients…flour, salt, sugar, baking powder. Once combined take the softened butter, cut it in half, then in half again, then toss it into the dry ingredients. Now, cut the butter into the flour. The point of doing this is to create little balls of butter (or shortening or margarine) that are coated in the dry ingredients, then when you smash it all together and roll it out, you will have a very soft dough, which will translate into fluffy biscuits. Cutting is simple. take two knives and simply start cutting the butter into lots of little pieces until you get a grainy texture throughout the mix. In a kithenaid, you can put your paddle attatchment to work and have the right texture on low speed in just a couple of minutes. Now, drizzle the milk over the flour and butter mixture, and toss then, press into a soft ball. Remove from the bowl and roll out on a lightly floured surface. You want it to be rolled to about 3/4 -1 inch thickness. then, take a round cup, or biscuit cutter, whatever, and cut biscuits into the dough. Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes.
Easier than pancakes. Now, blend up a stick of butter and 1/4 cup of honey. See? Now I’m your best friend. You just made honey butter and your life will never be the same again. Slather it on a biscuit. Plan to serve this for your next birthday it’s better than cake.