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!
1/2 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!