Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Simple Biscuits

I am not a perfect baker.  I tend to avoid measuring and I have a knack for flopping recipes now and then.  For years I struggled with pie crusts, but eventually I triumphed over the pastry.  Now I am turning my efforts to making biscuits. 

I WILL create beautiful tasty biscuits-  and they won't come from a can.  I keep telling myself this, over and over.  Positive thoughts...

Biscuits are a staple.  An old standby.  People made these simple flaky tidbits over a campfire on the Oregon Trail.  Guess who can't make one with a relatively new oven and the Internet to help a girl out?  My Grandmother would be so disappointed if she knew my secret.

I grew up watching her mix the dough with her hands, flop the mass on the floured table, roll the dough, and then cut perfect circles with a drinking glass.  Her biscuits raised and were tender, flaky, and buttery. 

My old biscuits could be used as a substitute for a hockey puck.  I have been working on perfecting my method and slowly we are starting to see improvements.   Today we managed to produce wonderful biscuits. 

Maybe, I have mastered my techniques?  I know, I am still crossing my fingers...

Baking Powder Biscuits

  • 3 cups flour
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg beaten
Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, cream of tartar, and salt. 

Cut in shortening and work with your hands.

Add milk and egg.  Stir until blended.

Roll or pat out at 1 inch thickness, cut, and bake 12 to 15 minutes at 425 degrees.

What is your Achilles heel in the kitchen?


Sarah said...

If you roll biscuit dough out very thin and then stack 3-4 on top of each other and bake that way they will peel apart in flaky layers like the ones from the can ;) If you don't go quite so thin and just stack two they peel apart nicely to add jelly or butter without having to cut them open. I love biscuits, especially with honey & butter!!!

Plain Graces said...

I love honey butter- that could be a whole new post! LOL I attempted the layering a few years ago, but I sprinkled sugar and cinnamon between the layers. I don't know why I quit doing it. You have some great ideas!