buttermilk biscuits

06May08

in keeping with my decision to try new things last weekend i decided to try making biscuits. i was making chicken that was marinated in buttermilk and wanted to find a use for the rest of the buttermilk. usually it just rots in my refrigerator, but not anymore! i pulled out one of my favorite cookbooks, Cooks’ Illustrated New Best Recipe, and found a super easy recipe for buttermilk biscuits. well, super easy if you have a food processor. i don’t know if it is easy by hand because i didn’t try it that way. any kind of baking is fairly new to me still, except for banana bread, i’ve made that hundreds of times. back to the super easy biscuits! you put your dry ingredients into the food processor bowl and pulse to combine them. then you add a cold stick of butter cut into pieces.

then you pulse that for a bit, then you add the buttermilk. pulse a few seconds and it turns into this:

you pull the dough out and shape it into little balls and they’re ready to go into the oven!

they bake for about 12 minutes and then you have fresh, fantastic biscuits! i couldn’t believe it. i baked four and put the rest in the freezer.

i was so excited to eat them that i didn’t take the proper time to take a good photo, so sorry this one is a little blurry. you get the idea though, right? now my mind is swimming with all of the ways i could use biscuits… biscuits and gravy, picnics, brunches, dinners, breakfast sandwiches… i saw an episode of everyday baking on pbs where they made biscuits and strawberry butter. i’m totally making that when strawberries are in the market this summer!

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