Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Buttermilk Biscuits

Nothing beats a good biscuit, especially if you have a delicious jam to go with them. This recipe from Canadian Living's Weekends Cookbook Special, bake up light, buttery, and flaky in hardly any time at all.

2 1/2 cups flour
2 tbsp sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup cold cubed butter
1 cup buttermilk (in a pinch use regular milk with 1 tsp vinegar or lemon juice)
1 egg

Pre heat oven to 400 F

Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl. Cut in the butter with two knives or a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg and buttermilk, then stir it into the flour mixture to make a soft dough.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured counter and knead gently until just until it comes together. Pat into a 1 inch thick round and then cut into rounds with a 3 inch cookie cutter. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes.

Remove to rack and allow to cool.

Makes 9-12 biscuits

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