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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

the perfect biscuit


Finding the perfect biscuit recipe is a lot like finding a husband.  There's a lot of good ones out there, but it's hard to find the one.

I found my husband years ago...as of last weekend, I think I've also found the perfect biscuit!


Here's what I love about it:
  • It's fast to whip up.  The dough comes together in a matter of minutes!  So many biscuit recipes require complicated sifting or hours of rising...not this one.  When I want breakfast, I want it now, and this recipe lets me have it.
  • It takes simple ingredients...stuff I've already got in the pantry.  My favorite feature is that it calls for butter and not shortening.  Butter equals tons of flavor.  Shortening just means bigger hips.
  • The biscuits rise beautifully and separate easily.  Time to pull out the jam!


The recipe comes from one of my favorite Gooseberry Patch cookbooks - Country Baking.  They are so good that I have to share!

Dixie's Sky High Biscuits
from Gooseberry Patch's Country Baking
3 cups all-purpose flour
4 1/2 t. baking powder
3/4 t. cream of tartar
2 T. sugar
1/2 t. salt
3/4 cup butter
1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk

Combine flour, baking powder, cream of tartar, sugar and salt.  Cut in butter until mixture is coarse and crumbly.  Add egg and milk, stirring quickly until just mixed.  On lightly floured board, knead briefly.  Roll to about one-inch thickness. Cut the dough with a round biscuit cutter.  Place on a greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 400 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes.  Makes about 1 1/2 dozen.

8 comments:

  1. I completely agree, good biscuit recipes are hard to come by. This one looks great, can't wait to try. Have you tried using buttermilk or powdered buttermilk instead? I'm a sucker for buttermilk biscuits.

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  2. These look so good!! Going to make them this weekend!

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  3. These look yummy and simple- just my thing! I found you on This Week's Cravings and am looking forward to following your blog! Your recipes look like what my family would enjoy!

    http://imitationbydesign.blogspot.com

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  4. Ok so I had to go home and try these. These are the best biscuits! I'm so glad you posted this b/c I'd tried to make biscuits in the past to just fail! I finally got this right! :)

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  5. mmm biscuits! what are your thoughts on freezing the dough to bake later? i'm planning on making biscuits & sausage gravy for Boyfriend's birthday, but would love to not actually have to "make" it all at his place the morning of :)

    http://pursuitofsweetness.blogspot.com/

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  6. Valerie - I've actually never tried freezing them! Let me know if you do and how it works out. I imagine it would work just fine.

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  7. I made these this morning to be the vessels for some delicious apple butter I had. As I went to add the milk I realized mine was expired!! So thinking along the lines of buttermilk and apples... I ended up throwing in a half a cup yogurt and a half a cup apple cider to replace the milk. It turned out amazing!!

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    1. Oh my word, I can only imagine how delicious that was! Ironically, I made these this morning, too! :)

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