Tuesdays with Dorie BWJ: Baking Powder Biscuits

August 19, 2014 at 12:01 am | Posted in biscuits & scones, breakfast things, groups, tuesdays with dorie | 15 Comments
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baking powder biscuits

Marion Cunningham’s Baking Powder Biscuits were good for breakfast, and also good for dessert, all dressed up like shortcakes.  These were easy to make.  I didn’t want to do an all shortening biscuit like the recipe called for, so I swapped out half of it for butter.  I rubbed my shortening/butter and dry ingredients together the night before and stashed the mix in a container in the fridge…in the morning I just had to work in the milk.  They didn’t rise as high as I wished they would have (maybe I should have patted them out less? or maybe they really do work best with all shortening?), but they were very tender, not dense at all.  I made square biscuits instead of round, just so I didn’t have to deal with scrap and reroll.

For the recipe, see Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan (it’s also here)  Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll.

Tuesdays with Dorie: Basic Buttermilk Biscuits

October 11, 2011 at 12:20 am | Posted in biscuits & scones, breakfast things, groups, tuesdays with dorie | 15 Comments
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basic biscuits

…or something like that.  I had intended to make Buttermilk Biscuits.  I had followed the recipe…it said it was “basic.”  I had been having such good luck with scones recently that I thought biscuits would come out of the oven.  I’m pretty sure that, while what came out was delicious, it was technically not a biscuit. It was something more bready, with a bottom that had essentially fried in its own butter on the baking sheet.  More English muffiny maybe.  Whatever happened, this little breakfast roll was great with homemade jam…both apricot and concord grape.  I’ll have to try again for proper biscuits though.

For the recipe, see Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan or read Cooking for Comfort, as it was Jennifer’s pick this week. Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll!

Tuesdays with Dorie: Maple-Cornmeal Drop Biscuits

May 17, 2011 at 12:01 am | Posted in biscuits & scones, breakfast things, groups, tuesdays with dorie | 14 Comments
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maple-cornmeal drop biscuits

The weekend before last, my husband and I managed to briefly (or should I say too briefly) escape Brooklyn to meet up with my parents in Santa Fe.  Lots of sun during the day, lots of stars out at night (wow–I forget how breathtaking a sky full of stars is), lots of enchiladas and tamales.  On Saturday, I insisted that we go to the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market to pick up some edible souvenirs.  In my suitcase, I brought back chile powder, honey and a bag of blue cornmeal.  Thankfully no glass broke and no bags burst…I would have had quite a mess!

That blue cornmeal is what gives the funky color to my Maple-Cornmeal Drop Biscuits.  These were easy to make for breakfast…even half asleep, like I was.  No rolling or cutting required, although I do think using an ice cream scoop to portion the sticky dough makes things easier than messy spoons.  And you can make bigger, rounder biscuits that way, too!  They are slightly sweet and have that nice little gritty corn crunch, especially on their crispy tops.  They were delish with strawberry jam (mine was NYC-made), and I’m sure would have been just as tasty with yellow cornmeal as with blue.

For the recipe, see Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan or read A Little Something….Sweet!, as it was Lindsay’s pick this week.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll!

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