|My biscuits, fresh out of the oven|
These are one of the best biscuits I have tasted and are easy to make.
I love that the butter doesn't need to be chopped on crumbled into the flour. This is so much easier and creates a stronger butter flavored biscuit!
Tips and Suggestions:
I use a Buttermilk Powder from SACO and follow the directions on the container to make the buttermilk. SACO Cultured Buttermilk Blend can be used in nearly any recipe that calls for liquid buttermilk or soured milk.
I also use a smaller, round baking dish instead of a sheet, and have the sides of my biscuits touching.
Cooking the biscuits in a dish lined with parchment paper just makes for a much easier clean-up.
I also use King Arthur Flour and Land of Lakes Butter. The better the quality of ingredients the better the end product.
Below is the recipe and step by step instructions and photos from Fine Cooking:
Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits
What you'll need:
1-3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
2-1/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
4 ounces (8 Tablespoons.) very cold unsalted butter
(I use salted Lake of Lakes brand, Click here for Answers to common questions about butter)
3/4 cup very cold buttermilk
Heat the oven to 500°F and position a rack in the middle of the oven. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Put the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a large mixing bowl and stir with a whisk to distribute the ingredients evenly.
With a sharp knife, cut the cold butter crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Stack 3 or 4 slices and cut them into three even strips. Rotate the stack a quarter turn and cut the strips in half. You should create 6 small bits of butter per slice. Toss the butter bits into the bowl with the flour mixture. Continue cutting all the butter in the same manner and adding it to the flour mixture.
|Cut butter into small cubes and add to flour|
When all the butter is evenly distributed, add the cold buttermilk and stir with a large spoon until all or most of the flour is absorbed by the buttermilk and the dough forms a coarse lump, about 1 minute.
|Dough with butter chunks visible|
Dust a work surface with flour and dump the dough onto the floured surface, cleaning out the bowl with a spatula or a plastic bowl scraper. Dust the top of the dough and your hands with flour, and press the dough into a 3/4-inch-thick rectangle. Sprinkle a small amount of additional flour on the top of the dough. Fold the dough over on itself in three sections, as if folding a letter (also called a tri-fold). With a bench knife or metal spatula, lift the dough off the counter and dust under it with flour to prevent sticking, if necessary. Dust the top with flour and press the dough out again into a 3/4-inch-thick rectangle and repeat the tri-fold. Repeat this procedure one more time (three times in all).
(Folding helps with the layering effect)
After the third tri-fold, dust under and on top of the dough, if needed, and roll or press the dough into a 1/2-inch-thick oval. Dip a 2-inch or 2-3/4-inch round biscuit cutter in flour and start cutting biscuits, dipping the cutter in flour between each biscuit. Press straight down to cut and lift straight up to remove; twisting the biscuit cutter will seal the sides and interfere with rising. Use a bench knife or spatula to transfer the biscuits to the baking sheet, placing them about 1/2 inch apart.
(Cut thicker for taller biscuits)
Gently gather any scraps of dough, pat and roll out again, and cut more biscuits from the remaining dough. You can gather and roll the scraps two times total and still get good results (the more times you roll out, the tougher the biscuits will be).
Put the baking sheet in the oven and reduce the temperature to 450°F. Bake for 8 minutes; rotate the pan 180 degrees; continue baking until both the tops and bottoms of the biscuits are a rich golden brown and the biscuits have doubled in height, revealing flaky layers on the sides, 4 to 6 minutes more. It’s all right if some butter seeps from the biscuits. Remove the pan from the oven and set it on a cooling rack, leaving the biscuits on the pan. Cool the biscuits for at least 3 minutes and serve them hot or warm (they will stay warm for about 20 minutes).
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Let me know if you tried them and what you think! These are so great served with beef stew or fried chicken, yummy.