Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Frozen Butter Biscuits

Frozen Butter Biscuits
From The Best of Chef at Home

Printable Recipe

Hands-on time: 15 minutes
Baking time: 15 minutes
Makes 10-12 biscuits

4 cups all purpose flour
2 tbsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
2 sticks (1 cup/250ml) frozen butter
1 ½ cups milk
Sprinkle of coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Herb or spice of your choice (optional) This time I used 1 tsp dried thyme since I served it with Cream of Mushroom Soup, infused with fresh thyme

1. Preheat oven to 400°F/200°C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper

2. In a large bowl, whisk flour with baking powder, salt (and herbs or spices if you are using any) together.

3. Using a standard box grater (coarse side) or potato grater, grate the frozen butter into the flour and toss lightly with your hands until it’s thoroughly combined. Because the butter is frozen, it grates into tiny pieces that don’t bond with the flour. They stay separate and help make the biscuits light and fluffy.

4. Pour the milk into the flour mixture using the handle of a wooden spoon to form a dough mass. The spoon’s handle is gentler to the dough. Fold the dough over a few times with your hands until all the ingredients come together. If necessary add a few more spoonfuls of milk to help gather up any stray flour.

5. On a lightly floured cutting board, pat the dough into a flat, round shape (about 1½ - 2” high) and cut into wedges or any other shape you prefer. Place the pieces on the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with sea salt & freshly ground pepper.

6. Bake for 15 minutes, or until they turn a golden brown.

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