Friday, January 21, 2011

Making Biscuits: Glimpse into Motherhood Week 3

Ever since Ryder was about a year old we make homemade biscuits at least once a week. This normally used to be on Wednesdays when we were back in Hawaii with Tyler. I would wake Ryder up early and we would get to work. Talking, measuring, mixing, kneading, rolling, and cutting. It was a great bonding experience. My kitchen was always covered in flour. The biscuits were sometimes very lopsided. But they always tasted great. So the hour of cleaning was definitely worth it to me.

This is a picture of Ryder and I making biscuits earlier this week. Since we've moved here he has gotten better at it. Please excuse the no make-up and pjs!

Also, if you would like to make biscuits with your loved one, here is the recipe that I use and have been using for my marriage. They are great with honey! Tyler loves his smothered in Tomato Gravy. Ryder loves his with bacon and eggs stuffed inside. Nolan just plain loves them. (Have you seen his pictures? He loves any kind of food)

This makes about 12 biscuits

1 cup of all pourpose flour
1 cup of cake flour
1 Tablespoon of sugar
2 teaspoons of cream of tartar
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 stick of butter, cut into cubes, very cold (to cube i just cut the stick in half longways twice and then slice)
3/4 cup of whole milk or as needed

Preheat the oven to 400 F

Sift together all purpose flour, cake flour, sugar, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.

Use two knives, or a pastry blender, to cut in the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Stir in just enough milk to make a soft, moist dough. I don't always need all of the milk so add slowly. And be sure not to overmix.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead 6 to 8 times just until smooth. Pat the dough down to about 1/2 inch thick. Use a bicuit cutter (I sometimes use the tops of my cups) dipped in flour to cut out biscuist close to each other to minimize scraps. Pack together and reroll the scraps to cut out additionsl biscuits.

Or you could pat the dough into a rectangle and cut into 12 squares. This pretty much eliminates scraps.

Bake for about 18 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for a few minutes and serve either hot or warm. Enjoy!

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