Monday, December 30, 2013

EASY DIY Scratch Buttermilk Pepper Biscuits - Breakfast Basics

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Let's first address the elephant in the room...

I am as big a fan of the tube refrigerator biscuits as the next man.  BUT, there is just something about scratch made, fresh from the oven, real Do It Yourself buttermilk biscuits that leave those cans wanting.  That tube is certainly good, convenient and easy, but they are always going to be second best to these...

Simple to make... but delicious to eat DIY Buttermilk Biscuits (Just add Honey)!

But there is a couple of tips, tricks and hints to make your biscuits soft and flakey.  Ignore these tips and you end up with a hard British scone-like snack.

OK... Look close in the first photo.  When you mix the flour with the butter, DO NOT OVER MIX (you will hear that phrase again).  You want to end up with a corn meal like texture.  Use COLD butter and you just want little pebbles of butter coated with flour.

In the second photo, I have mixed all the ingredients together, buttermilk as well as the baking powder/soda.  The dough is still crumbly.  Resist the urge to knead the dough.  This crumbly looking mixture will melt ad mold together as the biscuits cook, leaving those pull apart layers of buttery deliciousness.

Photo #3 is a look at the dough just before adding the finishing touches and going into the oven.  You could use a ring biscuit cutter and get round biscuits.  I prefer to cook this block and use a pizza cutter to cut into squares.

And #4 is those finishing touches.  I brushed on some Cream (You can use melted butter or even more buttermilk) and then I added pepper... Lots of pepper

And viola... DIY Scratch Buttermilk Biscuits you can be proud of.

So, the big tip.... Less is more.  You want a flaky pull apart biscuit.  If you over mix the bitter, you end up with a heavy dough and not a flakey biscuit batter.

OK... Here's what I did...

DIY Scratch
Buttermilk Pepper Biscuits

  • 3 Cups Flour
  • 3 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 9 TBS COLD Butter, Cut into 20-25 small pieces
  • 1 Cup plus 2 TBS COLD Buttermilk
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream (or melted butter or more Buttermilk)
  • 1 TBS Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Cut in the butter using your fingers or a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  3. Add the buttermilk and gently mix until the mixture just begins to come together.
  4. Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured counter. Pat the dough into a 10 by 12-inch rectangle about 3/4-inch thick. Cut into 2-inch squares or use a 2-inch round cutter to cut out biscuits.
  5. Press together the scraps of dough, and repeat the process. Place the biscuits on the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Brush the tops with cream and sprinkle with the black pepper.
  7. Bake the biscuits until lightly golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool on a baking rack.
  8. Serve WARM with honey or gravy and ENJOY!!!


This simple recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Breakfast Ideas!"

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This recipe has also been added to my growing list of "52 Simple but Next Level Dishes"!

Kind of an odd title for these posts. But the longer sentence is... Simple recipes that are easy and inexpensive that will take your cooking to the next level... Things like easy pickled items (I always have a jar of Pickled Red Onions for sandwiches in my fridge). Or how about the easiest bread to make in the world... Beer Bread that is tasty on it's own but also makes a wonderful open face pizza style sandwich... With easy to make Tomato Sauce. Or how about Roasting Garlic for a spread on toast points for a unique appetizer. Infusing Oil with Herbs or spices or spicy peppers. Or how about making your own BBQ sauce. Nothing sets you apart as a grill master like setting out a jar of your own specialty BBQ Sauce.

You get the idea. These recipes are very simple, take very little time but will set you apart as a better cook...


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