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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Old Fashioned Buttermilk Biscuits will remind you of your Southern Grandmother's biscuits, or make you wish you had a Southern grandmother!

Biscuits
Some of ya’ll might think biscuits are those things you pop out of a can; true, but there’s so much more to it than many ever imagined. For those of us who have tasted hot from the oven homemade biscuits, the others can’t compete. Goodness gracious sakes a live, it’s divine.  Of course ever good cook has their own recipe.

Ingredients do matter as Southern flour makes better tasting biscuits than the national brands due to the wheat they use. They are lighter, don’t brown as dark and have more of a biscuit taste, as opposed to a chewy bread taste. But if you’ve never tasted the difference, you’d never know the difference. Of course I’m partial to Martha White flour as it is milled in my home town. White Lily is another southern favorite.
 Old Fashioned Buttermilk Biscuits
These will remind you of your Southern grandmother’s biscuits or make you wish you had a Southern grandmother!
2 cups sifted Martha White flour or all-purpose flour
(sift before measuring)
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
5 tablespoons chilled vegetable shortening
    or lard (makes the best biscuits)
1 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 440 degrees with rack in the middle. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. . Add shortening, coating it with flour, then rub between your fingertips until coarsely blended with some 1/2-inch lumps. Make a well in the flour mixture and then add buttermilk, stirring with a fork just until dough forms and holds together (it will be soft and sticky.)

Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead 8 to 10 times. Too much kneading leads to tough biscuits. Roll out dough with a floured rolling pin into a 12-inch round (1/2-3/4 inch thick) and, using a fork dipped in flour, prick all the way through about every 1/2 inch.

Cut out as many rounds as possible with a 2-1/2 to 3 inch round cookie/biscuit cutter dipped in flour (do not twist cutter or use an overturned glass which will seal the edges so they cannot rise.) Bake, almost touching, on an ungreased heavy baking sheet, rotating sheet after about 6 minutes if browning unevenly, until crusty and golden-brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Brush tops with melted butter and serve warm or at room temperature. Makes about a dozen. 

3 comments:

Linda Redmond said...

I didn't realize Martha White was milled there!!! My favorite. Gorgeous picture!

Maiden Princess said...

Wow! Those look so scrumptious! I found your recipe on Pinterest. :) I've been looking for the perfect biscuit recipe for awhile and I think I'm going to try these for dinner tonight with our leftover venison stew. Thanks for the inspiration!

Mimi06 said...

I had no idea that twisting the cutter seals the edges so they won't rise! Thanks for sharing the recipe and the tip :)