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The best of both worlds

February 1, 2011

If you’ve read some of my previous bread posts, you know that I’m not ashamed of cracking open the grocery store can of biscuits instead of making them from scratch.  No more.  These biscuits simple to make, taking just barely 30 minutes from measuring flour to taking them out of the oven.   

Not only are these quick and easy to make, they taste divine.  I’m trying to come up with reasons to make these biscuits as often as possible.  I think they’d be perfect warm with a little butter and jam for breakfast, right out of the oven as a side with dinner or, eaten as a snack.

I didn’t cut these into the traditional rounds because I’m too lazy to gather the scraps and re-roll then cut again.  It’s easier to pat the dough into a square or rectangle then just cut into squares.  No re-rolling necessary.

This recipe is a combination of buttermilk biscuits and baking powder biscuits.  The best of both worlds.

Buttermilk Baking Powder Biscuits

2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
4 tsp baking powder
5 tbsp butter, very cold
1 cup buttermilk, very cold

Preheat oven to 450F.

Combine flour, salt, sugar and baking powder in a food processor, fitted with the steel blade.  Pulse a few seconds to combine. 

Cut butter into tablespoons and add to the food processor.  Pulse 8-10 times and check the size of the butter pieces.  Repeat if necessary, checking after every 2-3 pulses until the butter is roughly the size of  peas. 

Add the buttermilk to the processor bowl and pulse until just barely combined.  As soon as the dough holds together, turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface.  Gently knead the dough a few times until it is mostly a ball.  You still want to see the pea size pieces of butter.

Pat or roll the dough into a square or rectangle about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick.  Cut into equal size biscuits – you’ll get 6 – 10, depending on how thick you leave the dough before cutting. 
Place the biscuits on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 450F for 8-10 minutes. 

Enjoy while warm from the oven but, if you have any leftovers, warm them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds.

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