Monday, March 14, 2011

Baking Powder Bicuits

This is the cheater recipe for biscuits as it does not use baking soda and buttermilk. The fat can be replaced with lard or shortening but I used butter as I had it on hand.

Baking Powder Biscuits

2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup cold fat, cut into 6 chunks, again, I used butter
1 cup milk

Preaheat oven to 450°F

Grease baking sheet.

Add flour, baking powder and salt to a large bowl.

Stir to combine. Add chunks of butter and toss to coat with flour. Rub butter between fingers and break into smaller chucks.

The goal here is pea-sized bits of butter coated with flour. Add milk and stir just to combine.

Turn out onto well floured work surface. Sprinkle flour on top as well to keep fingers form sticking. Press dough until you have a flat mass about 1/2 inch or so thick.

Use a cutter or a can with both ends cut out to cut into rounds. You'll want to cut them as close to each other as possible to maximize how many biscuits you get out of the first virgin pressing of dough. You will reform the dough once or twice more to get a few more biscuits out and these will be less pristine and will rise misshapenly and ostensibly be tougher and less fluffy.

Place the rounds on your greased cookie sheet barely touching at the edges.

Bake for 15 to 18 minutes until golden brown and delicious.

Place on a rack to cool. Delicious cut in half and slathered with butter or jam or honey or whatever is yummy with biscuits. Finn likes one half with jam and one half with honey.

The same recipe can be used with half of the flour replaced with whole wheat flour with satisfactory results.

Note satisfactory results

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