Sunday, February 28, 2010

My first success with...Buttermilk Biscuits!

I have attempted biscuits probably forty or so times throughout my life--and they never, ever come out. They tend to be either too dry and crumbly or hard like a hockey puck. I've burned them, I've pulled them out raw, I've pulled out good looking biscuits that would pulverize before my eyes. I think I've even chipped a tooth on my biscuits before. All in all, I'd just resigned myself to bread. I am not a true Southerner, so the closest I thought I'd get to my biscuit dream was a run to Hardees.

Not today. I can't believe it. Today, I made biscuits.
With local wildflower honey from Douglas County and butter.

We had some leftover buttermilk from the red velvet cupcakes my Dad made for our wedding cake. So, I pulled out a cookbook and decided to try buttermilk biscuits one more time, just to see. I did it early in the morning, so if they were bad, I could throw them away before Tavo woke up. Here's the raw circles (more than less circles..) after I'd fretted about getting the fat worked into the dough.

The mess on my counter. It's on the floor and on my shirt, too--but I decided not to photo all that.
baked for 13 minutes @ 425 degrees

Buttermilk Biscuits
Gourmet Cookbook
2 cups all purpose flour (White Lily or Southern Biscuit)
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 stick cold, unsalted butter
3/4 c. buttermilk, plus more for brushing

Sift flour, salt, powder and soda together. Blend in butter with fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add buttermilk and stir lightly until dough forms.

Gather dough into ball, knead 6 times on lightly floured surface. Pat dough into 10" round and cut rounds with floured glass. Put onto greased baking sheet, brush with buttermilk, and bake at 425 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Here's another fake Southerner :)


snowelf said...


I can certainly relate to your biscuit woes. They look fabulous!! Must be a good time for cooking because I made a whole cheesecake from scratch last Sunday! :)


buffalodick said...

I'm not that nuts about biscuits, but for what it's worth- mine aren't very good anyway!

Jenn said...

Nice job!!! I love buttermilk biscuits. It's been way too long since I've made some. Now you've got me craving for biscuits and gravy.

Marjie said...

I love biscuits, but I make mine drop biscuits instead of rolled. These look great, and given my brioches, I didn't even notice that yours were not all round!

Anonymous said...

Scott Peacock has a wonderful recipe with great instructions , you can find it on AJC.

Alexander said...

So do you think this is because you're living in the south now? or is it that you are now officially a southerner?

buffalodick said...

Corn bread is another baked good I really don't care for..gave away my cast iron corn bread pan- the mold of the pan made them come out like little ears of corn..didn't taste any better, but they were kind of cute! My biscuits could be used like throwing stars for Ninjas..knock you flat, and reuseable... :)

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