Friday, April 3, 2015

Homemade Biscuits

I've always loved biscuits. There's something about them that feels so right--like a warm hug on a cold day. Sadly, I've always believed that biscuits are also really difficult to make. Well, last Saturday was a glorious day because I was proven wrong! Delicious biscuits can actually be quite easy. As I pulled these out of the oven within about 20 minutes of starting the recipe, I exclaimed to myself, "Well, call me Betty Crocker!" That is how I felt. The texture, the taste, and the simplicity...these are perfect. 

Homemade Biscuits
Yield: 8 biscuits
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup chilled butter, cut into small pieces
2/3 cup buttermilk*

*To make buttermilk, pour 2 teaspoons of vinegar in a measuring cup, then add milk until you reach 2/3 cup line. Let sit for five minutes before adding to ingredients.

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, cream of tartar, salt, and baking soda. Next, cut chilled butter into dry ingredients using a pastry cutter (or a fork if you're like me and don't own a pastry cutter) until mixture is crumbly. Then add buttermilk and mix with a fork. Knead the dough a few times on a lightly floured surface.

Roll or press dough to about 1/2 inch thick. Then using a circle cookie cutter (or glass, or measuring cup--whatever you can get your hands on that is the shape of a circle), cut into circles and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake until fluffy and slightly browned, about 10-12 minutes.



**Serving Suggestion: Serve with honey butter. Simply mix equal parts honey and softened butter, then spread on biscuits. Enjoy. 

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