Buttermilk Biscuits

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These biscuits are easy, and taste great even after freezing!  I will make them ahead of time, then you can just pop them in the oven for 20 minutes and be ready to go!

Buttermilk Biscuits, slightly adapted from Baking From My Home to Yours, by Dorie Greenspan

Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter Smart Balance 50/50 butter blend, cut into 12 pieces
3/4 cup cold low-fat buttermilk

Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.  Get out a sharp 2-inch-diameter biscuit cutter, and line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone mat.  <— I did neither and they turned out fine.

Whisk the flour, baking powder and soda, sugar and salt together in a bowl.  drop in the butter and, using your fingers, toss to coat the pieces of butter with flour.  Quickly, working with your fingertips or a pastry blender, cut and rub the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture is pebbly. You’ll have pea-size pieces, pieces the size of oatmeal flakes and pieces the size of everything in between – and that’s just right.

Pour the milk over the dry ingredients, grab a fork and toss and gently turn the ingredients until you’ve got a nice soft dough.  Now reach into the bowl with your hands and give the dough a quick, gentle kneading – 3 or 4 turns should be just enough to bring everything together.

Lightly dust a work surface with flour and turn the dough.  Dust the top of the dough very lightly with flour and pat the dough with your hands or roll it with a pin until it is about 1/2 inch high.  Don’t worry if the dough isn’t completely even – a quick, light touch is more important than accuracy.

Use the biscuit cutter to cut out as many biscuits as you can.  Try to cut the biscuits close to one another so you can get the most you can out of this first round.  By hand or with a small spatula, transfer the biscuits to the baking sheet.  Gather together the scraps, working them as little as possible, pat out to a 1/2 inch thickenss and cut as many additional biscuits as you can; transfer these to the sheet.  (The biscuits can be made to this point and frozen on the baking sheet, then wrapped airtight and kept for up to 2 months.  Bake without defrosting – just add a couple more minutes to the oven times.

Bake the biscuits for 14-18 minutes, or until they are puffed and golden brown.  Transfer them to a serving basket.

Makes 12 biscuits

Nutrition per biscuit: 125.3 calories, 4.8g fat, 1.4g saturated fat, 0.6mg cholesterol, 311.5mg sodium, 17.6g carbohydrates, 0.6g fiber, 1.4g sugar, 2.7g protein

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