Monday, February 28, 2005

Buttermilk Biscuits

We've been talking so much about gravy which spun another special request for a biscuit recipe. Thank you for the request! Most Southern recipes aren't finicky however biscuits sometimes have a mind of their own. They are not hard to make; they just take a little practice. My father taught me how to make biscuits. He would have me make a batch of biscuits then throw them away and we would start on yet another batch until I had it down pat. I can't remember how many batches I made that day but it was quite a few. Remember, Southern cooking just isn't complete without biscuits.

BUTTERMILK BISCUITS
  • 4 cups flour
  • 5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1-1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup shortening
  • About 1-1/3 cup buttermilk
  • Butter
Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a bowl or on a table. Add the shortening and start rubbing it into the flour and between your fingers until it looks like course cornmeal. Make a well in the middle and add the buttermilk. With a fork, stir until mixture makes a ball. Knead 8 to 10 strokes on a lightly floured surface. Pat out 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick and use a glass to cut out the biscuits. Cook in a skillet or on an ungreased cookie sheet at 450 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes or until the biscuits are lightly brown. Immediately after coming out of the oven generously butter the tops of each biscuit.





Notes:
  1. Always use fresh baking soda and baking powder so your biscuits will rise high.
  2. Use the amount of shortening that will make your flour look like course cornmeal.
  3. Don't be tempted to over knead the dough, this will ruin the biscuits.
  4. If your dough is sticky add more flour a little at a time, keeping in mind not to over knead the dough.
  5. With a little practice, everyone will be raving about your biscuits.

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