Feb 13, 2011

Keeping the Southern Girl Card Biscuits

     Food blogging is a funny thing.  For me reading food blogs is kinda like going to the store on an empty stomach.  I like to sit down and read the new blog posts when I come home from work, but sometimes this can be detrimental to my own cooking plans! Its hard when you read about other peoples successes and look at their drool worthy pictures.  All of a sudden your simple meal is lack luster, or you start obsessing about making something that they made on their blog.  For me it was biscuits.
     Now for most people biscuits aren't a big deal, but for me they are up there with pancakes(highly desirable and one of the few things I absolutely SUCK at making!) I swear I almost lost my Southern Girl Card over not being able to make them, but Rachel over at Bakingtruehappiness (go check her out, her blog is new but her breads rock!~) made some delightful looking biscuits and got me thinking about biscuits. So much so that I had to make them! I researched recipes online until I found the one that I thought would give me what I wanted (tall flaky biscuits) and then decided that I wanted to add buttermilk. The end result was the best biscuits I have ever made and a DEFINITE keeper recipe!
(And yes people, I dorked out and made flower shaped biscuits---in my defense, I was inspired by Rachel's heart shaped ones.)

Keepin the Southern Girl Card Biscuits

3 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 tablespoon sugar
3/4 cup butter -- let partially freeze and then grate with cheese grater!
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. With a knife or pastry cutter cut in, flour, baking powder, cream of tartar,salt, sugar and margarine. Cut in until it becomes course and crumbly. Whip together milk and egg with a fork. Mix with the flour mixture until it forms a soft dough. Add flour if the dough is too sticky. I made a well and stirred it as little as possible. Roll out dough with a rolling pin to about 11/2 to 2 inch thickness. I think mine were about an inch. Next time I am going to push it to the 1.5.
Cut out the biscuits. (I made flowers!) Place biscuits on a cookie sheet.  Bake for 12 to 14 minutes. (mine took 14-15) Remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes and brush the tops with a bit of melted butter.

p.s. if you have been wondering why I haven't been blogging as much it is because I sprained my wrist and typing pretty much sucked my will to live!


Raina said...

Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog. I love your blog.

Love your biscuits too. I love biscuits and would love to try yours:)

Hope your wrist gets better soon.

Lea Woodard said...

I think I'll be making those with some meatloaf and taters this week!

Anonymous said...

OMG! Thanks for the shout out!!!! I guess I must be doing something right! :)

Kim said...

Oh yeah.....I can really put away some biscuits, especially if they're nice and warm and buttery.

I love your idea to freeze the butter and grate it into the biscuit mixture. They look great!