Monday, December 5, 2011

Buttermilk Biscuits

A few weeks ago I really wanted to make some true buttermilk biscuits.  Not just the ones from a package or box, but some that tasted as good, if not better, than the restaurants! So I began my search for a recipe.  I watched probably 10 videos and read the same number of blogs. Then I combined everything I learned about how to make them and created my own recipe and they turned out incredibly! They have become a staple in our house!

Warning: This recipe require you to get a little messy. So take off your rings, put on an apron, and let's get to business!

Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits

Gather these ingredients:
flour (you'll need a lot of it, so bring the whole bag/container) 
baking powder 
1/2 stick of crisco 
1 stick of butter 
about 1 cup of buttermilk (you can make this by measuring out 1 cup of milk and adding about a tablespoon of vinegar) 
Clean hands

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Take a big bowl and combine 2 cups of flour with about 3 palms full of baking powder (about 3-4Tablespoons)

Step 2: add salt to taste: If you want to not taste the salt; about 1-2 pinches. If you want them to be a little salty, 3-4 pinches.

Step 3: Mix dry ingredients thoroughly as you want to everything to be mixed evenly. I use my hands for this, you can also use a spoon if you want to...but your hand WILL get messy! So you might as well get over it now. :)

Step 4: Add the butter to the dry mixture. Take your hands you want to combine the butter and the flour.  You want it to get to the point where there are no chunks of butter left. If will look something like dry cottage cheese (see picture below).  You can tell it's ready when you can squeeze it into a ball, but then completely crumble it.

Note: mine weren't quite "crumbly" enough, so I chose to add a little more flour to it. 

 Step 5: Create/Take your buttermilk.  I made a little more than a cup.  Add the milk to the flour and butter mixture 1/2 cup at a time. (If it's too dry, add more milk. If it's too liquidy and sticky add more flour) This is where having lots of flour can come in handy as it's easy to put in too much milk. (If you have to put in more than a cup of flour you may want to add in a bit of baking powder so that it rises correctly) 

Step 6: kneed it by hand until it no longer sticks to your fingers (you may need to wash your hands in the middle if there is too much stuck to your fingers). You want to kneed it until it is smooth.

Step 7: break off balls of dough the size of biscuits you want.

Note: They will expand, so don't make them too big

Step 8: Put them on the baking stone or cookie sheet and stick in the oven.  They will cook for anywhere from 15-30 minutes depending on the size.  Make sure you check them frequently.  You can tell they are done when the tops are golden brown and they aren't too gooey on the inside.  Bake to your liking :)

Step 9: Let them cool a few minutes and then ENJOY! We tend to make more than enough and then put them in a baggie in the fridge.  They will keep for at least a week (although ours NEVER make it that long!) 

What do you usually serve biscuits with?  


laurie said...

They look delicious!

La Dolche Vita said...

Thanks Laurie! They are definitely a favorite of ours!

Jill said...

Biscuits and gravy are our favorite!

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