Monday, March 24, 2008

Mama's In The Kitchen

Biscuits at our house are a mainstay. Plain biscuits are perfect for homemade strawberry jam, although my sons love honey butter just as much. Mr. Wonderful loves my cheese biscuits. He tells me that I need to keep practicing just so I will make them more often. The sweet biscuits are a favorite for breakfast - much easier than cinnamon rolls from scratch.


2 Cups flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 Tablespoons cold butter
1 Cup buttermilk (can use 1 Cup sweet milk mixed with 1 Tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice and let sit 5 minutes)

Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut cold butter into small pieces. Working quickly so the butter doesn't melt in your hands, smash the butter with flour between your fingers until the butter is coarse into all the flour. Stir in buttermilk with a fork until barely combined.

Cut into rounds. Bake on a stone or baking sheet in an oven preheated to 425 degrees for 14-18 minutes.


Cheese Biscuits: Whisk in 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper in with the dry ingredients. Stir in 1 Cup shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese after the butter and before adding buttermilk.

Ham Biscuits: Stir in 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard with the dry ingredients and add 1 Cup finely chopped ham after the butter and before the buttermilk.

Sweet Biscuits: Stir in 1/2 Cup sugar and 1 Tablespoon cinnamon in with the dry ingredients. Sprinkle biscuits with cinnamon sugar before baking. After the biscuits come out and cool for a few minutes, drizzle with cream cheese thinned with milk and sweetened with powdered sugar.

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