Biscuits

I have such good intentions but lack the follow through in some areas. This blog is one of those areas. I hadn’t posted in so long and decided to give myself a fresh start around the new year. I deleted everything and started with a blank slate.

Sometimes you have to do that.

Without going in to detail, there was a lot going on in my work life about that same time and it caused a lot of stress in my personal life. The blog went on the back burner where it stayed for several months.

Sometimes you have to do that as well.

My life is rather stress free currently. THANK GOODNESS! I even recently took a vacation. For those of you who know me, you realize how rare and special that is. Shout out to one of my really good friends “R” for going with me. =)

After saying all that, on to today’s post…BISCUITS!!

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Have you ever made your own biscuits? I mean from scratch, not opening a can or a bag of frozen. Nothing wrong with either of those. I’ve done my fair share of both. But have you ever mixed, formed and baked your own?

I attempted to do so many years ago. My Grandma and her boyfriend were coming over for breakfast. On the menu was Bubble and Squeak, Fruit salad and Blueberry Biscuits. I feel that I’m normally a pretty good cook. This day I was not. None of it turned out very well. I was so embarrassed.

I don’t remember exactly what I did wrong with the biscuits but they never did rise. I think I may have forgotten to add baking powder.

It wasn’t until earlier this year that I tried to make biscuits from scratch again. They turned out fantastically. I’ve made the recipe 2 times since. Though the second time turned out terrible. I used the same recipe but messed up an ingredient – I switched out the baking powder with baking soda. Trust me, you don’t want to do that. Gross!

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What is it with me and baking powder?!

My nephew and I made them together the third time and again, we had some delicious biscuits. This is definitely my GO TO recipe from now on.

When looking for a good biscuit recipe, I scanned a lot of pins on Pinterest. I noticed a lot of similarities among the recipes. This is what I consider a basic biscuit recipe.

  • flour
  • sugar
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • butter
  • buttermilk (milk and lemon juice if you don’t have buttermilk)

That’s it. Only 6 ingredients. They come together to make the most tender biscuits though. Oh my. Making the biscuits is extremely easy. It only takes 5 easy steps.

First, mix together the dry ingredients. Set aside.

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Second, dice the COLD butter (I’ve made this with both stick and spread but prefer stick) in to small pieces. Add to the dry ingredients and squish, yes squish, between your fingers. Keep doing this until all the butter is covered in flour and broken down. I’m sure you’ve seen and/or heard this before but it will have a sand-like texture.

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Third, time to add the buttermilk. If you don’t have buttermilk (and don’t want to make a trip to the store), you can mix lemon juice in with milk and it’ll work. To do this, add 1 Tbsp lemon juice to a measuring cup then fill with milk until you reach 1 cup. Easy peasy. Once the buttermilk is added, mix together until just blended.

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Fourth, you can now make these as drop biscuits by scooping spoonfuls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or you can lightly knead on a floured surface and form in to biscuits/scones.

Fifth, simply bake!

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See, 5 easy steps. These are simple biscuits that are great with butter, jelly or used with sausage gravy.

Once you have a base, you can make a few alterations to make a whole new biscuit. You can add in ham, cheese and chives for a more savory biscuit. I did this the first time I made them. Well, sort of, I added cheese to the whole mixture, ham to half and bacon to half. I also added a little garlic powder. They were delicious! No left overs either! Always a good sign.

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I have yet to do this, but am eager to try mixing in blueberries. I need to redeem myself from that first time all those years ago. I’ll post pictures when I do. I don’t see why other fruit couldn’t be added in – dried cranberries, apples, strawberries, the list goes on.

Also, add in a touch more sugar to the dough then top with a little bit of milk and sugar and walah you have sweet biscuits for Strawberry Shortcakes.

Start with a basic recipe and amp it up in various ways for loads of yummy biscuit combinations.

Here’s the recipe.

Biscuits

  • Servings: 8 biscuits
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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and prepare baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix together dry ingredients.
  3. Dice/cube butter and add to dry ingredients. Toss butter in flour mixture and squish between your fingers. Do this until the texture is that of sand.
  4. Once the mixture is the desired texture, add in the buttermilk. Mix together until just blended.
  5. Either scoop on parchment paper for drop biscuits or lightly knead on a floured surface to form a ball of dough, roll until about an inch thick then divide in to 8 biscuits/scones.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes.

Great with butter and jelly or for biscuits and gravy. You can also add in ham and cheese for a more savory scone or a little more sugar for a delicious strawberry shortcake.

Thanks for joining me today!

-B

 

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