Friday, June 25, 2010

Mister Man's Buttermilk Biscuits

I have the best partner in the world. Last Sunday, for Father's Day, he leapt out of bed at the crack of dawn to whip up 3 batches of his delicious buttermilk biscuits. The scent came sashaying into the bedroom and tantalized me into consciousness. Now THAT'S the way to wake a gal up!! I was out of bed in seconds, and testing a biscuit hot out of the oven - spread with a dollop of honey, and a smidgen of love. Flaky goodness - that's what it was.

So I snapped some photos of his nib(bles) at work.

Pretty darn cute!

4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup vegetable shortening, cold, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 1/2 to 2 cups buttermilk, plus additional for brushing

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Sift together the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Cut in the shortening using a pastry blender or your hands or a stand mixer fixed with a dough hook until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center and add 1 cup buttermilk. Using your hands, quickly fold the dry ingredients into the buttermilk until a sticky dough forms. You may need to add more buttermilk.Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Gently fold the dough over itself 3 or 4 times to create layers. Press the dough out to 1 1/2-inches thick and cut with a floured 3-inch biscuit cutter. Lay the biscuits on an ungreased cookie sheet and brush the tops with buttermilk. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until risen and golden brown. I can promise you that when you walk in the room carrying this:

you'll pretty much be the most popular person on the block!

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