Easy Biscuits

I like this recipe to disprove all of those people who freak out every time it snows. You know those souls. They rush to the grocery store as the first flakes fall fearing that they will have nothing to eat. This recipes promises to deliver some tasty, homemade biscuits with a few ingredients you are likely to have on hand. Buttermilk is probably the one thing you won’t have…but you can make some by adding 1 TBS of white vinegar or lemon juice per cup of fresh milk.

Makes about 12 biscuits

Ingredients:

• 4 cups self-rising flour (preferably White Lily brand)

• 1⁄4 cup sugar

• 1 tablespoon salt

• 3⁄4 cup (11⁄2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes

• 2 cups cold buttermilk, plus more if necessary

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375°. In a large mixing bowl, sift the flour. Mix in the salt and sugar. Using a pastry cutter or two forks, gradually cut the cubed butter into the flour mixture, adding a few cubes at a time, until all of the butter is incorporated and the mixture looks crumbly.

2.Add the buttermilk to the mixture and stir to combine, until the dough comes together and looks wet but not sticky. (If the dough still feels crumbly, add additional buttermilk in tablespoon increments until it comes together.)

3.Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and sprinkle it with flour. Using your fingertips, knead the dough just enough to flatten it down. Fold the dough over itself a few times to create layers for more flakiness.

4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Sprinkle the dough with more flour and use your hands to flatten it to a 1⁄2-inch thickness. Using a 2-inch-round cutter, stamp out biscuits and transfer the biscuits to the baking sheet. Bind together the scraps, flatten the dough and stamp out as many more biscuits as possible.

5. Bake the biscuits in the oven for 6 minutes, then rotate the pan 180 degrees and bake for another 6 to 8 minutes, until the tops are golden and the biscuits are cooked through. Serve immediately.

From: Tasting Table

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