Monday, May 18, 2009

Baking Powder Biscuits


Thank you all so much for your many suggestions for bean and lentil recipes! I will definitely try some of them out and hopefully my love for beans/lentils will grow a bit more. I shouldn't be spending much time to update my blog considering that my finals are just about to start, but food blogs are a good break from studying evaporation systems, filtration systems, and the cheese making process (admittedly the last one is more interesting).

I'm going through a little biscuit/scone obsession over here. I haven't made too many biscuits and I'm starting off slow with some baking powder biscuits and some buttermilk biscuits (that I'll be posting about soon). There are many yummy biscuits and savoury bread-like things out there that I want to try like quick and easy ricotta cheese biscuits, sun dried tomato cottage cheese muffins, cheddar and dill beer bread rolls, and three cheese and beer bread. I really haven't explored the world of savoury baked goods enough! This baking powder biscuit is really simple but I'm sure you could fancy it up by adding herbs, cheeses, or small bits of sauteed vegetables. I think I overworked my dough a bit but I'm sure I'll improve on that in my many biscuit adventures to come.


Random Abby picture.



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Baking Powder Biscuits
Adapted from The Complete Canadian Living Baking Book

Makes 12 biscuits

2 cups all purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
3/4 cup milk

Line baking sheet with parchment paper or Silpat mat.

In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Using pastry blender, cut in butter until crumbly. Pour all but 2 tbsp of the milk over top, stirring with fork to form soft ragged dough.

Turn out onto floured surface. With lightly floured hands, knead gently until dough comes together. Pat or roll out to 1/2 inch (1 cm) thickness. Using 2 1/4 inch (5.5 cm) floured cutter, cut out rounds. Place on prepared pan. Gather up scraps and repat dough; cut out more rounds, pressing remaining scraps into final biscuit.

Brush tops with remaining milk. Bake in centre of 400F oven until golden, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer to rack to cool.

21 comments:

Lisa said...

Those look absolutely perfect Ashley! Biscuits are one of my favorite things to bake. And yes, so many ways to dress this one up, but sometimes there is nothing better than a plain, flaky biscuit like this. YUM!!

The Duo Dishes said...

Looks like a nice and fluffy biscuit there. Perfect savory treat.

Steph said...

Those biscuits looks so flaky and tall!

Ricki said...

Those biscuits are perfect! Mmmm. . .brings back lots of yummy memories. And Abby is just TOOOOOOO cute.

Bunny said...

I love biscuits! These don't look like you over worked them, they look so nice and flakey!! I'm jealous!

DEESHA said...

lovely biscuits .. looks so much like the Indian Khari biscuits

Elyse said...

Exams suck; biscuits don't :) Especially these biscuits. They look fabulous! Look at all of those lovely layers of tender, flaky goodness. Baking powder is amazing! Good luck with your finals!

arundati said...

i love the picture of abby...*smitten*

Claire said...

These look perfect! I have such a hard time getting the kind of biscuits I like...but these, wonderful!

Grace said...

bring on the breads--i'm a certified carb-lover, through and through. :)
i love that abby pic--you can't tell where she begins and where she ends. :)

Homecooked said...

These biscuits look flaky and perfect! Lovely pic.

Hannah said...

I haven't made biscuits in ages, but these look so tender and flaky, I'm sorely tempted it give them another go right now!

Helene said...

They look the best. Good luck on your finals. Can't wait for more recipes.

dessertobsessed said...

HAHAHAHA i love the photo of your kitty; so cute! and the biscuits look deliciously moist and thick!

Vegetation said...

I love biscuits! Yours look wonderfully flakey!

And awww Abby is too adorable!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Good luck with your finals! Beautiful biscuits - nice and flaky.

Maria said...

The biscuits look perfect! Good luck to you!

Juliana said...

Nice biscuits, moist and flaky...love the pictures. By the way, thank you for visiting my site. And good luck on your finals.

The Food Librarian said...

Love the photo of your kitty! Too cute. These biscuits look great!

Johanna said...

scones and cuddly cat - what a snuggly post :-)

I love baking scones (and these look like the ones I grew up with) and now it is winter I can feel the need for some very soon. Hope you had some jam and cream for these!

thecookieshopinenglish said...

Your cat is SO CUTE! And your biscuits look good, hmmm...