Monday, March 1, 2010

Warm Bread Products are My Kryptonite

If you've been hanging around here at all, ever, you know that I love me a good carbohydrate.

And when I started tweeting last week about making up a batch of homemade biscuits people replied with something along the lines of "Who the heck are you, Betty Crocker?!"

So I decided to share my not-at-all-secret-or-even-really-mine Homemade Biscuit Recipe. Which I got in my 7th grade Home Ec class.

Baking Powder Biscuits
1/3 cup shortening (I use butter)
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2.5 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar (not in original recipe)
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup milk

(This appears to be taken out of a cook book but I have NO IDEA which one... and the internet is not helping me locate the original source. So apologies to the super-awesome person who invented this recipe.)

And here's how you make them. Unlike other types of baked goods, like cookies, biscuits have to be made properly. (Read: pain in the butt!)

Heat oven to 450 degrees.

Cut shortening into flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.

(Or - if you are Sarah - and heard about this neat trick on the internet.... freeze butter in cubes for 20 minutes. Then chop it in the food processor with flour.)

I think this mixture was a bit too finely chopped for perfect biscuits. Lessons learned.

Next, add milk slowly. This mixture should be thick and kind of hard to stir. I usually use a sturdy wooden spoon.

"Too much milk makes dough sticky, not enough makes biscuits dry."

(Sorry, no picture of that step. Was obvs too busy stirring my biscuits.)

Then, turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface - like my shiny red cutting board.
Knead lightly 10 times, eventually pressing it out to a half inch thick.

I think you can use a rolling pin here but I usually do it by hand.

Instead of cutting out traditional round biscuits, I just cop out the easy way. A pizza roller makes nice, square biscuits. Or, on this day... it makes completely uneven biscuits.
All the photo taking pressure was getting to me.

Ten to 12 minutes later (or 9, if you're impatient like me and like underdone biscuits) you get this golden-brown deliciousness:
Mmm... warm bread products.

Slice open, smother with butter, and serve.

And seriously, don't come crying to me when your pants don't fit. I dish out the goods but you're gonna have to look elsewhere for your weight loss solutions.

I got none. (Hence, the butter.)

Happy Monday everyone!

P.S. I am giving an update on L'Oreal Paris Lash Boosting products over on Chic Critique today.



16 Classy Comments:

Thomasina said...

Those biscuits look delicious!

sHp said...

Girl, these look amazing! I've never made biscuits and will definitely try them soon! Hope you have a great day :)

sHp

Erin Elizabeth said...

Carbs are my one true love as well...and those biscuits look fabulous!

Kelly Marie said...

Thanks for the recipe! It looks absolutely phenomenal. I love me some carbs too! Mashed potatoes are my biggest weakness, I would consider forgiving someone for murder if they made me mashed potatoes.

Elizabeth said...

Those look amazing! Thank you for sharing the recipe!
I hope you had a fabulous weekend! Check out my recent blog post when you get a chance- I tagged you for an award!

-Elizabeth

Andhari said...

I'm a carb monster so those pics just make me wanna munch on all the warm buttery goodness!

Allison said...

Those look good, but I have to pass on the carbs!

etta said...

Yummy! I keep making cookies because of my new mixer. Not good. But SO yummy. Fortunately, both the hubs and I have coworkers who loooooove baked goods!

the girl in the red shoes said...

Yum! I have the same problem...stupid carbs!

Sara said...

I use a great recipe for drop biscuits since I'm too lazy to knead and roll the dough. They are so yummy (and not too bad looking).

d.a.r. said...

Yummmmm I love bread!!

Brittany said...

Ahh, I love me some biscuits :-) They look so yummy! Carbs are my weakness :-(

Ashley said...

those look sooo yummy!

December ♥ 3rd said...

You make me want to pack up and move to your house. You bake, I cook, we can be fat and happy BFFs!

FashionAddict said...

Those look SOOOOOO yummy! Darn you. My weakness is bread, LOL :)

Trina said...

Dangit, first on twitter, now I get to LOOK at them. Geez.

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