Thursday, February 10, 2011

Tea Time-Buttermilk biscuits

One of the biggest baking debates in my family is biscuits. My grandmother's recipe (the current biscuit champion) can't be duplicated and she doesn't write any recipes down. I've been searching for the perfect recipe for years. I've tried every combination of ingredients- cake flour, white lily flour, butter, oil, milk, cream.
This recipe although nothing like my grandmothers has become my go to recipe.

2 cups all-purpose flour
6 tbsp butter cut into small pieces
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3/4 buttermilk

Mix dry ingredients together.
Mix in butter with a pastry blender.
Add buttermilk. Mix until just blended.
Pat dough out until 2 inches thick. Fold in half. Repeat three more times.
Cut with a biscuit cutter. Makes approximately 7 biscuits.
Put on cookie sheet and bake at 450 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Tea Time- Comfort Food

Sometimes there is nothing better than a warm cookie and a glass of milk.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 1/4 cups flour
1 1/4 cups oats
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
4 oz bittersweet chocolate (roughly chopped)
1 stick softened unsalted butter *
1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
1 lg egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper

Cream butter and sugar together- add egg and vanilla- mix
In separate bowl mix together dry ingredients
Add dry ingredients to wet and mix
Add chocolate and mix gently
Shape into 12 cookies and put 6 on each cookie sheet

Bake approximately 12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown

* a note on the amount of butter in this recipe- Inspired by Cat trying to cut back on diet soda- I've been trying cut back on butter. Normally these cookies are made with a stick and a half of butter. Now I don't see the problem with 1 Tbsp of butter per cookie but since I'm trying to curb my butter addiction I thought I would make these cookies a little more healthy. (Both Jan and I agree that while they are good this way, they are better with more butter.) So however you choose to make them enjoy!