Buttermilk Biscuits

Posted in on the 29th November, 2013

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling out the dough
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 3/4 cup of buttermilk plus 2-3 tbsps extra
  • 4 tablespoons cold butter, diced, plus 1 tbsp extra, melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

When you think about biscuits and cookies, you may think that there is a lot of difference between them. In fact, there is not a lot that set them apart. You might say that biscuits may be similar to cookies in some ways and different in others. In England, they call a cookie a biscuit.

In America, a biscuit may be more like bread, although there are also biscuits that are hard and thin, much like a cookie. Overall, cookies and biscuits are prepared much the same way. Here is a recipe for Buttermilk Biscuits that you may want to try out in case you wish to do something different.

Equipment:

  • mixing bowl
  • spoon
  • rolling pin
  • baking pan
  • cookie cutter or drinking glass
  • parchment paper

Instructions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and baking powder and mix lightly.
  2. Add in the diced butter into the dry mixture and mash it to combine. Mix lightly without going overboard, just enough that the flour mixture and butter blend together in small chunks.
  3. Add in the buttermilk using a spoon. Mix them lightly until the dough becomes a bit wet and sticky.
  4. Spread some flour into a smooth surface. Remove the dough from the bowl and into the floured surface. Pat the dough gently into a ball.
  5. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough until it is half an inch thick. Fold the dough in half and roll it out again. Do this six more times while folding from a different direction every time.
  6. Using a cookie cutter or a drinking glass, cut out the biscuits out of the rolled dough. Roll out the leftover dough once more and cut out more biscuits from it.
  7. Place the biscuits into the baking pan lined with parchment paper. Brush the tops of the biscuits with melted butter.
  8. Place the baking pan into the oven that has been pre-heated to 500 degrees F. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
  9. Remove from oven to cool. Serve.