Typically, a southern table staple will include homemade cornbread or biscuits. A lot of times you will see both on the table. Check out the earlier post about cornbread. Something happens when you mix up simple ingredients like flour, salt, baking powder, butter and milk and you create something beautiful homemade biscuits leave a lifetime of memories. Something magical happens when you serve these biscuits to your family and friends. The magic is the memories the biscuits create that reminds every one of special times with their mothers or grandmothers. So, my challenge to all of you is to build special memories with your family and learn to make homemade biscuits. If you have been afraid that they would not turn out, you can do it!! Just follow these steps. E-mail me and let me know how you did.
Homemade biscuits take time and a little trouble, but those love ones enjoying them, will never forget them. I think they are so worth the extra 10 to 15 minutes it takes to mix them together and then 30 to 35 minutes it takes to bake them. Take this challenge and try these delicious biscuits. I know you can do it, and your family will love them.
Secret to making biscuits
Grate the butter into the dry mixture – use a cheese grated to grate freezer cold butter into the flour. You will not have to use a pastry cutter or fork to cut or work the butter into the dry ingredients. It is so much easier when you grate the butter. Put the butter in the freezer until it gets hard before grating it.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 TB double-acting baking powder
- One teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter cut into cubes
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 3 TB of melted butter to brush on top after removing from the oven
- Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
- Melt a 2 to 3 tablespoons of butter in a cast-iron skillet or a cast-iron biscuit pan or line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl combine the sifted flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
- GRATE the butter directly into the flour.
- Cut the butter into the flour mixture. If you do not have a pastry cutter, you can use a large fork. Combine the butter and the flour until the mixture has very fine crumbles.
- Make a well in the center of the flour and add the buttermilk and heavy cream.
- Combine all the ingredients until it forms a soft ball. I like to use my hands to form the ball.
- Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface of the dough and the rolling pin.
- Roll dough out to 3/4 inch thick and cut with a biscuit cutter or cookie cutter.
- Don’t forget to flour the biscuit cutter. When you cut out a biscuit, turn the cookie cutter only 1/4 of a turn.
- Melt three tablespoons of butter in the cast iron skillet in the oven.
- Place in the cast iron skillet or cookie sheet.
- Bake 350 F degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and brush with melted butter.
- Makes 12 biscuits in 12-inch skillet.
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