Friday, October 16, 2009

De-lish Biscuits

Last night we had breakfast for dinner. Breakfast food has to be one of my favorite types of food. Maybe it's because a lot of it is hard to mess up. Like pancakes, eggs and toast... all pretty easy. Believe it or not these biscuits are easy too. I have tried many times to make fantastic biscuits and every time I have failed. I've made good ones but never fantastic... until last night, SUCCESS! The recipe is courtesy of my good friend Alton Brown and the Food Network website.

Southern Biscuits
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 cup buttermilk, chilled


Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Using your fingertips, rub butter and shortening into dry ingredients until mixture looks like crumbs. (The faster the better, you don't want the fats to melt.) Make a well in the center and pour in the chilled buttermilk. Stir just until the dough comes together. The dough will be very sticky.

Turn dough onto floured surface, dust top with flour and gently fold dough over on itself 5 or 6 times. Press into a 1-inch thick round. Cut out biscuits with a 2-inch cutter, being sure to push straight down through the dough. Place biscuits on baking sheet so that they just touch. Reform scrap dough, working it as little as possible and continue cutting. (Biscuits from the second pass will not be quite as light as those from the first, but hey, that's life.)

Bake until biscuits are tall and light gold on top, 15 to 20 minutes.

*Try putting a little homemade strawberry jam on a warm one, you will think you're in heaven.

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