Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Biscuits that are the BOMB!

I have searched and searched for an easy biscuit recipe and have FINALLY found it!
These babies are light and fluffy and so simple to make with ingredients we always have on hand and I can have them ready in fifteen minutes!
The Best Homemade Biscuit Recipe EVER!

2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
4 tsp. baking powder (aluminum free if you can get it)
4 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 stick of butter cut into half inch pats - make sure butter is COLD!

Place all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse 2-3 times. You want the butter cut into the flour, but not into microscopic pieces. The big chunks of butter is what makes these biscuits so light and fluffy.

Pour your mixture into a bowl and mix in:
One egg
2/3 cup of cold whole milk

Mix until mixture comes together, turn out onto floured surface, and knead gently 3-4 times. Kneading too much makes the biscuits tough and the heat of your hands melts the butter. Roll out to 1 to 1 1/2 inch thickness and cut out rounds using a biscuit cutter or glass rim. I can get 12 biscuits out of this recipe.

Bake at 450 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

I know many of you may be scoffing at the butter, whole milk and white flour in this recipe but seriously, it's better for you than all the preservatives and hydrogenated oils in canned biscuits!
Plus, I love the look on the kid's faces when I pull these guys out of the oven!

Edited to add:
This morning the boys were hollering for biscuits so I decided to experiment with a healthier version.
~Instead of 2C. of white flour, I used 1C. white and 1C. whole wheat.
~I used 4 tsp. of raw honey instead of sugar.
~Added 1 heaping tbs. of ground flax.

They turned out just as good! Not quite as high and fluffy as the all white version but still light and flaky. I think tonight before bed I will soak the 1C. of whole wheat flour in the 2/3 cup of milk with 1tsp. of whey (to break down the phytic acid and make it more digestible, blah..blah...blah...) and see how that works in the morning.

Honey wheat flaxseed biscuits


Anonymous said...

Can you tell me how much butter is '1 stick'? Thank you!

JoAnnC. said...

1 stick of butter is half a cup.