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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Mad skills.

  These biscuits were ah-maz-zing.Perfect lazy-Saturday-morning-with-not-a-whole-lot-planned Saturday morning.They were fluffy on the inside and perfect shape on the outside.I can't get this lucky when it comes to making biscuits.Apparently making biscuits is a an art in my family and that gene was passed down to my amazing sister.
   We went this past weekend up to Kentucky to see my sister and brother-in-law and little did I know the girl would break out her mad biscuit-makin' skills,geez.The drive was great,smooth sailing until we got just about in to town and took a wrong turn. Wrong turns stink when you have to go to the bathroom. Oh but don't worry I didn't have to hold it too long,we made a u-turn and then made the right turn and arrived just fine,thank goodness.Our patient travels paid off the next morning when my sister whipped up these ah-maz-zing biscuits and I mean in a flash.
   I like to pick a cookbook from my cookbook collection (some might call it expansive,ha!) to take along on road trips.I chose a pretty fantastic cookbook/textbook of sorts from Marcella Hazan for this trip.I read a little on the way up but was looking forward to a lazy Saturday morning sitting at the table and pouring over the book for just a minute or two.
Mmmm....let's see reading a cookbook or fresh,hot homemade biscuits in just minutes? I open the book and begin to read the first chapter and I'll be darned if the biscuits aren't ready already ! Mad skills that girl has,look out.
I knew I had hit the jackpot with the biscuits and then my super cool brother-in-law starts going on about some pumpkin butter.Pumpkin butter you say? I was already sad that I couldn't safely can my own pumpkin butter and then this bombshell! An orchard down the road a bit from the quaint college town they live in makes and sells pumpkin butter.I mean really?!?!? JACKPOT! So yep besides spending the weekend with three of the most amazing people and one cuddly chocolate lab named Sam,I got fluffy biscuits and pumpkin butter.Again,JACKPOT! Make these biscuits real soon and while they are baking order some pumpkin butter for yourself . Enjoy.

Biscuits Supreme
adapted from Better Homes and Gardens 
  New Cookbook,Bridal Edition
3 c all-purpose flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 TBL sugar
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp cream of tartar
3/4c unsalted butter( 1 stick,6TBL)
1/2c(1 stick)unsalted butter
  and 1/4c shortening
1 1/4c buttermilk
1 c milk
1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.In a large bowl,stir together flour,baking powder,salt,sugar and cream of tartar. Using a pastry blender,cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Add buttermilk all at once. Using a fork,stir just until moistened.Do not over mix or overwork the dough.
2. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead dough by folding and GENTLY pressing dough for about 4-6 strokes or just until the dough holds together. Pat or lightly roll dough until 3/4in thick.Cut the dough w/ a floured 2 1/2 inch biscuit cutter. Place biscuits on an ungreased baking sheet.Bake for 10-12 minutes.

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