Thursday, March 7, 2013

What's for Dinner: Homemade Biscuits

I am not usually a fan of biscuits, but for some reason I've been wanting to make my own for a while now. Probably because the rest of my family love biscuits as a side order or a snack. These homemade ones, that I made today, turned out great -- soft, fluffy, moist, and absolutely delicious.

They are quick and easy to put together, and take a very short time to bake in the oven. Easy and quick, just the way I like it.

To make the biscuits, you will need the following:
  • 1 and 1/4 cups of cake flour [No cake flour? No problem!]
  • 3/4 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 5 tablespoons of butter (half a stick plus one tablespoon)
  • 3/4 cup of buttermilk

How I made it:
  1. Preheat oven to 500. Yes, it's an incredibly high temperature and it worried me too... but it only cooks for about six-seven minutes.
  2. Put 4 tablespoons of butter (which is half a stick), straight out of the fridge, into a food processor and pulse it about 4-5 times until the butter is in very small pieces. 
  3. To your food processor, add in your cake flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Pulse several (3-4) times, until the mixture is crumbly.
  4. Transfer your mixture into a bowl and stir in your buttermilk until the dough is combined.
  5. Then, transfer your dough onto a floured surface. Pat, lightly, until it it is about one inch thick.
  6. Use a cookie cutter (whatever size you want... I chose a smaller one than the size of normal biscuits) to cut your biscuits and then transfer them each onto a lined baking sheet.
  7. Once you have cut as many biscuits as you can in the first batch, lightly form a dough again from the scraps. Repeat this step to cut as many biscuits as you can from your dough. I was able to make 15 small biscuits.
  8. Melt the remaining one tablespoon of butter and brush the top of each of the biscuits. 
  9. Bake for about 6-8 minutes, until the biscuits are golden brown. I kept a close eye on mine because I don't usually make anything at such a high temperature!
The above quantities will make about 6-8 medium sized biscuits, or about 15 smaller biscuits (pictured are the small-sized biscuits I made).

P.S. This post is a part of my "What's for Dinner" series, where I share what I've been cooking and my recipes. Grab and share my button:

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