Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Buttermilk Biscuits

Buttermilk biscuits...flaky, soft and fresh from the oven...are a quick and simple treat.  We have been enjoying them recently with a variety of fresh jams.

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, cold
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  1. Combine flour, baking powder, soda, salt and sugar.
  2. Cut in butter, using a pastry blender to form a mixture of coarse crumbs.
  3. Whisk together buttermilk and egg.
  4. Add to crumbs, and mix gently to form a soft dough.  
  5. Turn onto flour surface, and knead gently about ten times. 
  6. Pat into a 3/4-inch thick round.
  7. Use a biscuit cutter of your choice (I use 2 1/2" round) and place on parchment lined or buttered baking sheet.
  8. Bake at 400°F until golden (about 12-15 minutes).

These biscuits are best fresh from the oven...but can be frozen and re-heated later.  They are also great split...and used as a 'shortcake'  with fresh fruit and ice-cream for dessert.