July 10, 2012

Buttermilk Biscuits

We've been searching for a better tasting biscuit recipe and we gave this recipe a try this morning. It tasted really good, but they didn't rise. Hmmm. We'll make them again for sure but with some changes. I found lots of great tips on Busy Cooks to help with adjusting the recipe.

2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
6 tbsp very cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
1 cup buttermilk
melted butter, for brushing on tops of biscuits

Preheat oven to 400°.
In a large bowl mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt until combined. Add the cold butter to the bowl with the flour mixture. Using a pastry cutter, cut in the butter leaving some pieces that are the size of tiny peas. Add the cold buttermilk all at once.
With the tips of your fingers and using a gentle scooping motion, mix the buttermilk into the flour. Do this just a few times.
Dump the mixture out onto a lightly floured counter and give it a couple of very tender kneads. Gently pat out the dough into a square or rectangle 1" in height. Using a pizza cutter, slice dough into 2" squares.
Lay the biscuits on a parchment lined rimmed half sheet pan. Brush the tops with melted butter.
Bake in the preheated oven, with rack in center of oven, for 12-15 minutes, until the tops are golden brown.

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