Just learning? Keep trying!!! This is an art worth every effort. Took me a dozen times to get it perfect. I have hot hands, so I chill EVERYTHING. I store my White Lilly SRF in the fridge and pre-chill my bowl. When first learning how to make biscuits, I under "kneaded" them in fear of overworking them,and they fell apart. Now, I fold and press 10 times. Amen to not twisting the cutter. Use an oven thermometer, to make sure your oven has REALLY reached 450!... just because the oven beeps, does not mean the temp has been met!!! Freeze leftover buttermilk in 1 1/4 C measures in freezer bags for convenient use next time. And subbing real buttermilk with vinegar/milk mixture will work, in a pinch, but does not turn out quite the same.
Jennifer Davick; Buffy Hargett
- 1/2 cup cold butter
- 2 1/4 cups self-rising soft-wheat flour
- 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
- Self-rising soft-wheat flour
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1. Cut butter with a sharp knife or pastry blender into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Sprinkle butter slices over flour in a large bowl. Toss butter with flour. Cut butter into flour with a pastry blender until crumbly and mixture resembles small peas. Cover and chill 10 minutes. Add buttermilk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.
- 2. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead 3 or 4 times, gradually adding additional flour as needed. With floured hands, press or pat dough into a 3/4-inch-thick rectangle (about 9 x 5 inches). Sprinkle top of dough with additional flour. Fold dough over onto itself in 3 sections, starting with 1 short end. (Fold dough rectangle as if folding a letter-size piece of paper.) Repeat entire process 2 more times, beginning with pressing into a 3/4-inch-thick dough rectangle (about 9 x 5 inches).
- 3. Press or pat dough to 1/2-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface; cut with a 2-inch round cutter, and place, side by side, on a parchment paper-lined or lightly greased jelly-roll pan. (Dough rounds should touch.)
- 4. Bake at 450° for 13 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven; brush with 2 Tbsp. melted butter.
- Note: For testing purposes only, we used White Lily Self-Rising Soft Wheat Flour.
- Cinnamon-Raisin Biscuits: Omit 2 Tbsp. melted butter. Combine 1/2 cup golden raisins, 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon, and 1/3 cup chopped pecans with flour in a large bowl. Proceed with recipe as directed. Stir together 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 2 Tbsp. buttermilk until smooth. Drizzle over warm biscuits. Makes 2 1/2 dozen.
- Black Pepper-Bacon Biscuits: Combine 1/3 cup cooked and crumbled bacon slices (about 5 slices) and 1 tsp. black pepper with flour in a large bowl. Proceed with recipe as directed. Makes 2 1/2 dozen.
- Feta-Oregano Biscuits: Combine 1 (4-oz.) package crumbled feta cheese and 1/2 tsp. dried oregano with flour in a large bowl. Proceed with recipe as directed. Makes 2 1/2 dozen.
- Pimiento Cheese Biscuits: Combine 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese with flour in a large bowl. Reduce buttermilk to 1 cup. Stir together buttermilk and 1 (4-oz.) jar diced pimiento, undrained. Proceed with recipe as directed. Makes 2 1/2 dozen.
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