Even though we’re heading into the season of “I don’t want to turn on my oven to make my entire house overheat” season, I thought today I’d share the recipe I use for biscuits, which I have taken from the How to Cook Everything cookbook by Mark Bittman. They’re really easy (so easy, I’ve memorized the directions) to make and super delicious.
Prep time: 15-ish minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Makes: 10 or so biscuits
2 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2-5 tablespoons COLD butter (I use the whole 5), cut up into smaller bits
1 cup plain yogurt (you can also use buttermilk, but they come out better with yogurt)
1. Turn oven on to 400…or 425. I have found that it doesn’t totally matter — somewhere in that temperature range is good.
2. In a food processor, drop in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Toss in chopped up butter. Blend in the food processor until the mixture resembles coarse sand.
3. Put the flour mixture into a bowl, toss in the yogurt and mix until dough resembles a loose ball shape.
4. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface, form into a ball and knead NO MORE than 9 times, until the dough feels like it’s come together. (It’s important not to work the dough too much — you get fluffier results.)
5. Pat down the dough with your hands until it’s about 3/4-1″ thick. Cut biscuit shapes and place on a cookie sheet and place in the oven to bake for 8-10 minutes.
*** So this is the basic recipe, which I think is delicious and needs nothing done to it. You can, however, add stuff to the dough…herbs such as thyme, chopped up rosemary, etc. Maybe even lemon zest or something, if you wanted that sort of flair. To do this, you’d place those herbs in the food processor and process with the flour, etc.