Baking Powder Biscuits! This is a quick post for a quick recipe.
I got home from work and was determined to make this week's Tuesdays with Dorie selection from Baking with Julia, a wonderful baking book edited by Dorie Greenspan from Julia Child's PBS show of the same name.
I cut the recipe in half, and used half butter and half shortening in place of all shortening. Within 30 minutes, I had seven wonderful little biscuits. I promptly ate three. One with butter, one with cheese, and one with butter and jam. I loved them.
Baking Powder Biscuits
Makes 7 biscuits.
1 C all purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp shortening
1 1/2 tsp unsalted butter
1/2 C milk
Melted butter for brushing the biscuits before baking
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F with a rack in the middle.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment.
- Whisk the dry ingredients together in a medium bowl.
- Drop in the butter and shortening and coat them with the flour.
- Using your fingers, pick up the pieces of butter/shortening with your fingers, break the pieces apart, and drop them back in the flour. Continue to rub the flour and shortening/butter together until most of the shortening and flour are mixed, but there are still small visible pieces.
- Stir in the milk with a fork. The dough will be "messy."
- Sprinkle flour onto the counter and scrape the dough out of the bowl. Knead the dough ten times.
- Flatten the dough to about 3/8 inches thick and cut with a 2 inch round biscuit cutter. Gather the scraps together and flatten again to cut more biscuits. You should end up with 7 biscuits.
- Brush the tops with melted butter and bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden.