Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Baking on the Side: Homemade Biscuits

     Have you had your bowl of soup now? You'll need something to go with it -- something hearty that stands up to a slather of butter of jam.
     Like biscuits.

This recipe has kept me in good stead ever since high school home ec class. Moving to Colorado meant dealing with high altitudes, but even that was easier to solve than I'd hoped. Just use heaping measures of flour, rather than level ones.


2 cups flour
5 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup milk (or 1/3 cup milk powder and 1 cup water)

That's it! Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Crumble the dry ingredients with fork or your fingers, until they're thoroughly mixed. (Work quickly -- the colder these ingredients stay, the better the biscuit.) Gradually add the milk, stirring as you go, until mixture forms a ball.
     Scrape bowl out onto a heavily floured surface. GENTLY fold over six times, then press out in a circle, about 1/2" thick or so. (Thicker if you like tender biscuits, thinner if you prefer crisp ones.)
     Use a glass or biscuit cutter to cut biscuit circles, place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 7-10 min., or until biscuits are firm when you push on them, and just beginning to brown.

Makes between 9-12 biscuits, enough for supper for 4.

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Or freeze your biscuits unbaked -- and bake the biscuit circles as you need them!
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