Sunday, February 10, 2008

Southern Biscuits

1 cup skim milk
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
9 1/4 ounces all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 ounce unsalted butter, chilled
2 tablespoons shortening

These biscuits went perfectly with Paula's "Chicken Divan" below. As a Southern girl myself, these biscuits are a staple in my kitchen!
***I had to add a good bit more flour than the recipe calls for. After only adding the 9 1/4 ounces of flour, the dough was too soupy. Just add a little at a time until you get the right consistency.***

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Combine the milk and lemon juice in a glass measuring cup and place in the refrigerator.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Using your fingertips and working quickly, rub the butter and shortening into the dry ingredients until the mixture looks like crumbs. Make a well in the center and pour in the chilled milk mixture. Stir just until the dough comes together. The dough will be very sticky. Turn the dough onto a floured surface, dust top with flour and gently fold the dough over on itself 5 or 6 times. Press into a 1-inch thick round. Cut out biscuits with a 2-inch cutter, being sure to push straight down through the dough. Place the biscuits on a baking sheet so that they just touch. Reform the scrap dough, working it as little as possible and continue cutting.

Bake until biscuits are tall and light gold on top, approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

Source: Alton Brown -


Anonymous said...

NOTHING CAN BEAT RED LOBSTER'S FREE BISCUITS BEFORE THE MEAL!!! MWAH HAH HAH! Although these do sound quite tastey! Yum-yum! I love almost any biscuit unless they have sushi in it. Which would be weird! Who does that? My great aunt Bertha did once and I almost threw up. But these sound great!

Renea said...

Those look fabulous!

Jazelyn said...

Hello. I tried Alton's recipe and ended up with brown tiny dots on top. This is not the recipe I tried but my biscuits looks like these (look on top)

what am I doing wrong, how can I get my biscuits to brown like your on top?