Friday, January 27, 2012

"Don't make a difference what food you make...

... Use buttermilk biscuits to clean your plate."*

Sara and I were excited to try this classic baking challenge. Up front it seems so easy but each of us has turned out our share of hockey-puck biscuits. We were busy bees this month and only had the chance to make one batch; finding the time to do that was a challenge in itself. Nonetheless, we picked up some new tricks and turned out some truly wonderful buttermilk biscuits.

Trick #1: Sifting the flour three times.

Trick #2: Shaving the (frozen) butter before cutting it into the dough with a pastry cutter.

Trick #3: Not over-handling the dough. Stir it only until it *just* comes together. Seriously. Stop touching it.

 And voila! Biscuit perfection.

It's as simple as that.

* Yes, this post references a Sir Mix-A-Lot song. What?

Audax Artifex was our January 2012 Daring Bakers’ host. Aud worked tirelessly to master light and fluffy scones (a/k/a biscuits) to help us create delicious and perfect batches in our own kitchens!