Sunday, January 2, 2011

Buttermilk Biscuits

I was looking for a recipe to use up some leftover buttermilk and decided on buttermilk biscuits. After pouring through dozens of recipes, I settled on this one from the Brownies for Dinner blog. I think the process of hitting the dough did more for my mental state than the biscuits, but the result was a soft and buttery biscuit that everyone loved!

Ingredients(Makes 10-12 biscuits)

2 cups all purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick butter, cold
3/4 cup buttermilk


Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Mix together all of the dry ingredients. Using a pastry blender or your fingers, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles pea sized crumbs.

Make a well in the center and pour in the buttermilk. Stir until the flour is just incorporated but the dough is sticky and loose.

Pour dough onto a floured surface and knead for 1 minute. The dough should be smooth and no longer wet (add small amounts of flour as needed). Shape the dough into a ball and hit it with a rolling pin, turning it and folding it in half every few hits. Repeat for a couple of minutes.

Roll the dough to 1/4 inch thickness and fold in half. Cut out your biscuits using a round cutter. One thing to note is that they do tend to shrink a little bit so keep that in mind when selecting the size cutter you use. I used a smaller cutter this time and liked the outcome- especially for the kids.
Place biscuits close together on a baking sheet.

Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the tops are golden brown.


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