Mmmmmm hot biscuits

We had a stew on the weekend. It was great. But what goes better with stew than hot biscuits? Ok, well wine… but hot biscuits too, that must be number two?  Butter melting on the flaky soft biscuit…  mmmmmmm here, you decide…. are they good?

Ready?

Hot biscuits.

They are really great for strawberry shortcake too, but when dinner is over.. and there are still some left.. that is when the fun begins.

They are easy to make and you don’t need lots of kitchen power tools, two butter knives work great. or a pastry cutter. but two knives, one in each hand slicing like scissors will work great too.  Turn on the oven to 400, let it preheat whilst you work. You need a hot oven. So mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Then dump in the cubes of butter and use the pastry cutter or your two knives to keep chopping them up with the flour mixture.

When all the cubes are covered in flour and quite small, add the milk and beaten egg, mix well with a large spoon or spatula. When it is mixed well work it with your hands.

Now you want to not overwork the dough, that makes the biscuits tough. A light touch is needed. It really doesn’t take long to work to a smooth dough.

When you have a nice smooth dough, flour a surface, like a kitchen counter top, lightly. Not too much flour. spread the dough out with your hands so it is about 3/4 of an inch thick.

Take a drinking glass and use it to cut out round shapes, put each one on your lightly oiled baking sheet, separate them so they don’t grow together. They like to couple up in the oven. 😉 When you have cut out as many circles as you can, lightly reshape the remaining dough and do it again, keep doing it until you have no dough left, the last couple could be formed by hand. 

Take the remaining egg, and a tablespoon of milk, mix them well and brush this on all the biscuits. When the oven is ready, pop the tray in the middle of the oven for perhaps 15 minutes, I wait until they are a golden colour. You can poke them with a toothpick to see if it comes out clean, but if they are a golden colour, they are probably ready.

Hot Biscuit Recipe:

21/2 cups all-purpose flour, sift it after you measure it

level teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt, unless using salted butter, then omit or perhaps an 1/8th of a teaspoon.

1 tablespoon granulated brown sugar or honey 

1 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)

1/2 cup  cold butter chopped into small cubes 

3/4 cup milk

1 egg, 

For later … 1 egg, lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon milk

This is when the trouble starts… the smell sort of draws in sneaky fingers.. and tiny bits are broken off to see if they are any good….. *rolls my eyes* they are always good. It seems though.. room mates often peek in about this time to test things.. you know.. just in case. There are even times one will distract you.. while biscuits magically vanish. So I just double the recipe now. That fixes them.  🙂

  Now.. after the stew is all gone.. and the last of the gravy has been dabbed up by the light flaky biscuits that are dripping in butter….  we look at the remaining biscuits…. and run for the maple syrup. 

There is nothing like “tree juice” on hot biscuits…. mmmmmmmmmmmmm

oh, and if there is a bit of whipped cream….. omg!

(oh, maple syrup comes from maple trees.. just in case you didn’t understand that last bit)

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8 responses »

  1. mmmmmm I love biscuits…

    and they make a lovely for non-yeast cinnamon roll… instead of cutting biscuits roll the dough out into a rectangle, butter it, sprinkle it with cinnamon and sugar, add raisins or chopped pecans/walnuts if you like, roll it up, cut 1/2 inch or so rounds and bake… then eat slathered in butter or topped with butter icing… so yummy… 😀

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    • we do that with pastry when making a pie, for some reason we always have a lot left over… perhaps for that. lol.

      roll it out and butter it, then sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon nuts and raisins… roll it and slice and bake..

      but a rising one would be great.

      oh breakfast… bet I can wake up sleep heads with those smells. coffee and the smell of cinnamon baking… a cheerful way to start the day.

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  2. *Ugh* Now i am getting hungry and am stuck at work! *Kicks rocks*

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  3. Ohhh….I have a pastry blade JUST LIKE THAT ONE!!!

    I used to have the wire type? But then if what you are using it for is too sticky or hard (like cold butter), it just pushes the wires apart and does not blade nicely. So I got the one with the metal cutters nod nods.

    And stew sounds good on a cold day ….mmmm…*looks outside* ….like now. (though realizes this was done 4 days ago…so I bet you all ate it up!)

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