Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Biscuit Recipe

Last week I let people request a recipe.  I've been working on a list of recipes that people have requested since about this time last year.  I've also been thinking about making biscuits since about this time last year, which is when a friend emailed a southern-style biscuit recipe to me.  When someone commented on my post asking for biscuits, I couldn't put it off any longer.

How could I not have made biscuits until now?  They are so delicious!  This recipe is an adaptation of my friend Byron's southern-style biscuit recipe.

Southern-style Biscuits Recipe
Makes 8 biscuits

Have everything very cold, except the oven which you should pre-heat right away to 500 degrees.

In a medium bowl, combine:

270 g (2 cups) No. 2 Pastry Flour (OR No. 1 All-purpose Flour plus 1/4 tsp xanthan gum)
1 Tbsp Baking soda
a scant 1/2 tsp salt

Whisk the dry ingredients together.  Cut in:

6 Tbsp unsalted butter

Blend in the butter until the mixture has pieces the size of peas and smaller.  Then add:

a generous 1 cup buttermilk

stir the ingredients until it starts to come together into a rough dough.  Lightly press the dough together with your hands and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface.  Gently press the dough into biscuit-sized shapes about 3" across.  Place the biscuits in a pan and bake at 500 degrees for 8-10 minutes.  When starting to brown on top, remove from the oven and cool on a rack.  Serve warm with butter and honey.  Enjoy!