Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Buttermilk Biscuits!

           Buttermilk biscuits are one of my favourite baked goods. You can heat them and eat with jam or butter, they can be used as the base for a bacon or sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich (my personal favourite use), or you can integrate your own personal flare to the recipe by adding cinnamon and diced apples, or maybe some allspice and chopped pork sausage. No matter what you do, buttermilk biscuits are a simple, and delicious staple to bake and to keep in the kitchen! Here is my recipe for buttermilk biscuits (12-15 servings):

  • 2 and 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 and 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Grease a large baking sheet (or two smaller ones) or line with parchment paper- reserve
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the dry ingredients for approximately 2 minutes
  4. Using 2 knives, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until you have course crumbs
  5. Whisk the egg and buttermilk (in a separate bowl or make a well in your crumbs and whisk in the same bowl) and add to the dry ingredients/butter crumbs
  6. Stir mixture with a fork to make a soft dough
  7. Flour your hands to pat the dough into a large ball
  8. Flour a surface and gently knead for 20 seconds (approximately 10 kneads)
  9. Pat down and flatten to approximately 2cm in height
  10. Portion 12-15 rounds 
  11. Optional step: Mix and apply egg-wash once on your baking sheet (one egg, small splash of milk, and 1/4 tsp of sugar)
  12. Bake in the centre of your preheated oven (12-16 minutes until golden brown)

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