Good ‘ole biscuits
Biscuits seem like a pretty straight forward easy bread to make. But they can be as finicky as pie crust if not handled correctly. Follow these tips for the perfect old-fashioned homemade biscuits. The ingredients must be kept cold. If you find the ingredients getting warm just pop them into the fridge for a couple minutes.
Biscuits need to be made with bread flour to get the fluffy-ness. The milk needs to be a high fat milk you could even add in cream. The high fat content will keep the biscuits soft and flaky, not dry and crumbly. Make sure to cut in or grate cold better and cold lard. Making your own pastured pork lard is easy and has many add health benefits too.
Old Fashioned Homemade Biscuits
- 2 cups organic bread flour
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 6 Tbsp cold butter
- 2 Tbsp lard
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 1 cup milk or buttermilk
- KEEP EVERYTHING COLD
- Preheat oven to 450° F
- Mix dry ingredients (flour,salt, baking powder, and sugar)
- Cut butter into dry ingredients
- Gently add cold milk
- Fold until you have a sticky, shaggy dough
- Turn out onto a well floured board.
- Gently roll out dough to about 1" thick
- With a biscuit cutter, cut biscuits in one straight down push (do not twist)
- Place biscuits on a cookie sheet
- Bake @ 450° for 10-15 minutes
- Do not over cook. Take them out when they just begin to get golden.
Did I mention to keep everything cold? Keeping everything cold is going to ensure those pockets of butter don’t melt until the biscuit is cooking, leaving you a soft flaky layer. Also, when cutting your biscuit, don’t twist the biscuit cutter. When you twist the cutter you seal of the outside of biscuit. One more take away, don’t over cook the biscuit. Over cooking the biscuit dries out the moisture leaving you with a dry crumbly biscuit. If you follow these simple tips you will have the perfect old-fashioned homemade biscuits.
Show these biscuits some love
Lets show these old-fashioned homemade biscuits some love. Show some love with homemade pear or apple butter or top with some jelly or jam. You could also go old school southern and drown them in some sausage gravy. Good ‘ole butter or even some strips of bacon will also throw some love to your perfect biscuits!
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