Before we jump into the biscuit-loving realm of things, let me address a few hot topics:
1) There’s a giveaway. A fun one. To celebrate the redesign of my site, the fact that I’ve been blogging for over 5 years now (huh, what??) and because my Facebook page surpassed 15,000 crazy likes this week (eek!) and for all of your patience as we get little bugs worked out with the redesign. Go here to enter the giveaway. Love ya.
2) Here are a few updates on some of the questions/issues regarding the redesign that launched Monday:
-If you are using Internet Explorer, make sure you are running the most current version. Running IE 7.0 or below will not only pose a security risk to your computer but it will also make my pretty little website act up all crazy (Firefox and Chrome users should be all good).
-About enlarging/zooming in on the mobile site (when using an iPad, Kindle or other mobile device), because the designers enabled my site to be responsive (that’s a good thing and highly desirable on mobile devices), you can’t zoom in closer, however, we wanted to do something to help you out, so Erin increased the font size of the posts and the recipe so that it is easier to see. Three cheers for Erin!
And, um, I think that’s about it. There are always little quirks and unforeseen things that happen during and after a rollout so thank you a million times over for your patience.
Ok, enough with the boring stuff, let’s talk biscuits!
Do you love biscuits? Crave them? Or ignore their very existence (the horror!)?
I’m a biscuit lover and one of the main reasons is that they are a perfect side dish to whip up that fulfills that carb craving without having to plan ahead like you need to do for breadsticks or rolls. Plus, the biscuits you see here combined with this other-worldly ham make up the most perfect combination in the history of ever and may be the only reason needed to make these lovies.
Flaky, soft and tender, these beautiful buttermilk biscuits are absolute biscuit perfection. In fact, I consider myself pretty much a biscuit failure when it comes to the classic kind (these drop biscuits, on the other hand, are easy and fabulous) until these buttermilk biscuits came into my life. I’ll admit, it does help to have a food processor because successful biscuits are more in how you handle and work with the dough than anything – the key being not to overwork and let the butter get too warm since the little bits of cold butter melt and sizzle while baking creating pockets of steam and thereby making the biscuits ultra-flaky. And trust me, you want ultra-flaky. However, if you don’t have a food processor, never fear, you can still make these babies, just take care to work quickly and carefully.
A really fantastic buttermilk biscuit recipe needs to reside in every person’s recipe arsenal, wouldn’t you agree? So save this recipe, or better yet, just make them! Then you’ll have no choice but to be convinced of their awesomeness.
I struggled making biscuits for years. They were never very tender. Until I got a food processor and I firmly believe that delicious biscuits are more about how you work (the key being not to overwork) the dough rather than the actual ingredients. Using a food processor keeps the butter colder and the dough comes together more quickly. If you don't have a food processor, you can use a pastry blender or two forks or knives to combine ingredients, just take care not to overwork the dough and let the butter get too warm.
- 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 9 tablespoons very cold butter cut into pieces
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk, more or less
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl, or in the bowl of a food processor. Cut the butter into the flour mixture until the mixture is like coarse meal and the butter is in small, pellet-sized pieces (slightly smaller than a pea). This will take a few short pulses in the food processor.
- Pour in the buttermilk and mix/pulse only until just combined. The dough should start to come together but you don't want to overmix the dough. If there are lots of dry patches throughout the dough, add a bit more buttermilk, just a tablespoon or two at a time until the dough comes together.
- Scrape the dough out of the food processor or bowl onto a lightly floured counter. Gently pat (do not roll with a rolling pin!) the dough to about 1/2-inch thick. Gently fold the dough in half or in thirds, repeating for a total of 4-5 times and pressing it gently to 1-inch thick after the last fold. These folds, combined with the cold butter, are what help to create flaky layers in the biscuits.
- Use a round biscuit or cookie cutter to cut into circles. Do not turn the cutter while pressing into the dough, just press firmly enough to cut all the way through the dough.
- Line a large, rimmed cookie sheet with a silpat liner or parchment paper. Place the biscuits on the pan with the sides barely touching each other. This helps the biscuits rise up instead of out. If you like crustier sides to your biscuits, space them further apart. They won't rise as high but they'll have golden edges.
- Bake for about 10-12 minutes until the biscuits are lightly golden on top and bottom, taking care to not overbake. Serve immediately.