Friday, April 25, 2008

Biscuits, mmm, need I say more?

Kristen's Food April 2008 098

I love to read and inevitably something happens every time I read a book. I have found that when a book starts describing the food I then become obsessed with making said food. I remember reading the Harry Potter books where the feasts were always described in great detail, and desiring those delicious foods. I have read books about the pioneers and craved good home-style cooking. That is where I am at right now. I have had a hankering for a good biscuit for quite sometime now and so today was the day that my biscuit craving was finally quelled. I searched for several recipes and then I remembered a conversation that I had with a friend several years ago. She told me that her grandma made the best biscuits but refused to divulge the secret recipe. My friend had been trying to piece together the recipe over the years from the little information that her grandma would give her. One thing that she mentioned was that it wasn't a typical biscuit with butter cut into flour. All that she really knew was that it contained flour and heavy cream. Recently I found a recipe for cream biscuits that sounded like what my friend had described. I changed it up a bit and let me say that the results were delicious. My only concern was that I ate 3 or 4 of them right when they came out of the oven! This could be a dangerous habit of mine, especially for my waistline.

If you're looking for a super easy and delicious biscuit, this is it. There is no cutting in of butter and the mix comes together in about 5 minutes. You can have hot, fresh biscuits in about 20 minutes, yummm!

Kristen's Food April 2008 089

Cream Biscuits

2 cups flour

2 tsp. sugar

2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup buttermilk

melted butter for biscuit tops

1. Adjust oven rack to upper middle position and preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Make a well in the middle and add the cream and buttermilk. Stirring with a scraper or wooden spoon until the dough comes together. Dump the dough onto a floured counter and knead for 30 seconds until the dough comes together an is no longer sticky on the outside.

3. Pat the dough out into a round that is about 3/4 inch thick. Cut into wedges or cut into rounds using a biscuit cutter. Brush tops of biscuits with melted butter and bake for about 15 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked through. Remove from oven and again brush tops with melted butter.


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1 comment:

Ma Baker said...

ooh almonds! yum. looks good!