It’s funny as so many people think biscuits are super difficult. Honestly to me, they are one of the more easier ‘breads’ to make. They don’t have to be perfectly shaped nor do you really have a significant amount of rising time. Actually there is no rising time. You just have to mix, fold, turn, fold and cut essentially. They are so simple, only require a few ingredients however they taste amazing and either can be eaten stand alone or as a vessel for other stuff. I love, love, LOVE sausage gravy over biscuits however that stuff is just lethal to my thighs and butt. It’s one of those meals that my thighs just say “No Lori, don’t eat that. Just paste it right here as it’s just going to end up here anyway.” LOL
Some days you just want lots of melted butter…
While other days you just want loads of jam. Mmmm… this is seriously making my mouth water!
Biscuits are simple but there are a few tricks to making them.
Never, never, NEVER as you are cutting them… TWIST! No, don’t. Push straight down and cut. Twisting is bad. Twisting binds the edges and doesn’t allow them to rise properly as they are baking.
That simple twist movement presses the edges of the dough together, creating tiny seals that prohibit the dough from rising to its maximum flaky peak. Instead, gently press the cutter straight down. The sides of the dough will have slightly ragged edges that allow for those luscious layers to form as the dough rises
Seriously, if you got up an extra 30 minutes early on a weekend (yeah I know, that’s asking a lot), you could have these warm luscious biscuits along side your favorite breakfast foods. For me… give me a dippy egg, some bacon and a hot buttered biscuit covered in jam.
How do you top your biscuits? Gravy? Butter? Jam? Maybe you make a breakfast sammich out of them with a sausage patty, fried egg and slice of cheese.Print
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour, plus additional flour for work surface
- 1 Tbl baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 2 Tbl sugar
- 1 tsp table salt
- 2 Tbl vegetable shortening , cut into 1/2-inch chunks
- 1 stick unsalted butter, cold, lightly floured and cut into 1/8-inch slices
- 2 Tbl unsalted butter, melted
- 1 1/4 cups low-fat buttermilk, cold
- Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position; heat oven to 450 degrees.
- Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in large bowl.
- Add shortening to flour mixture.
- Use a Pastry Cutter to cut the shortening in to where you have little pea sized chunks.
- Add the butter slices into flour mixture and toss to coat.
- Use a Pastry Cutter to cut the butter in to where you have little pea sized chunks.
- Freeze mixture (in bowl) until chilled, about 15 minutes.
- Add all but 2 Tbl of buttermilk to flour mixture.
- Stir briskly with fork until ball forms and no dry bits of flour are visible, adding remaining buttermilk as needed (dough will be sticky and shaggy but should clear sides of bowl).
- With rubber spatula, transfer dough onto center of prepared work surface, dust surface lightly with flour, and, with floured hands, bring dough together into cohesive ball.
- Pat dough into approximate 10-inch square; roll into 18 by 14-inch rectangle about 1/4 inch thick, dusting dough and rolling pin with flour as needed.
- Using Bench Scraper r or thin metal spatula, fold dough into thirds, brushing any excess flour from surface.
- Lift short end of dough and fold in thirds again to form approximate 6 by 4-inch rectangle.
- Rotate dough 90 degrees, dusting work surface underneath with flour.
- Roll and fold dough again, dusting with flour as needed.
- Roll dough into 10-inch square about 1/2 inch thick; flip dough and cut nine 3-inch rounds with floured biscuit cutter, dipping cutter back into flour after each cut. Do NOT twist!
- Carefully invert and transfer rounds to a parchment lined baking sheet, spaced 1 inch apart.
- Gather dough scraps into ball; roll and fold once or twice until scraps form smooth dough.
- Roll dough into 1/2-inch-thick round; cut three more 3-inch rounds and transfer to baking sheet.
- Discard excess dough.
- Brush biscuit tops with melted butter.
- Bake, without opening oven door, until tops are golden brown and crisp, 15 to 17 minutes.
- Let cool on baking sheet 5 to 10 minutes before serving.