Everyone loves biscuits! At least, everyone in my family does. I made biscuits to go with supper last night and when my 2 year old realized what I was doing she ran around and screamed, "Yea! Biscuits, biscuits!" Then my 11 year old son jumped up and down and yelled, "Biscuits! Mom's biscuits are the best!" You can see the fanfare which biscuits has in our house. (I swear I feed them regularly and this wasn't some half starved reaction to food.)
My father taught me how to make biscuits the traditional way when I was 7, but this is too time consuming. We would cut the butter into the flour with a pastry knife, mix it together with milk, rolled it onto a floured surface and cut the biscuits out with a cup, took the left over rerolled out that and cut it, then we took the scraps from that and made a "dog biscuit" because it was worth much after all that handling. That method takes me 20 or so minutes by the time I hunt down everything I need for it and do it. This takes too long to do when you''re hungry!
I cut the time down by 2/3 with my new recipe & method! I am going to share the recipe and my method with you, in case you have a craving for some great homemade biscuits. The method makes the biscuits, the ingredients are the foundation. Having the right ingredients will make this super fast. However, I put in the substitutions for people who still want awesome biscuits but are missing a specific ingredient. I can't guarantee that you can do it as quickly as I can the first time, but you should be approaching it by the 3rd time. And, I can guarantee that this is much faster and easier than the traditional method! :o)
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Depending on how long your oven takes to preheat, you may need to do this several minutes before you begin.
* 4 c. self-rising flour (if you use All Purpose flour you will need to add 2 tablespoons of baking powder and a teaspoon and a quarter of salt)
*2 sticks of butter (Not margarine! However, if you only have margarine you must cut it into the flour until it is pea size lumps (instead of melting it), therefor doubling the amount of time to make the biscuits.)
*2 cups of butter milk (Always in my fridge! You can substitute 2 cups of milk with 2 T. of vinegar that has sat for 10 minutes, but buttermilk is best.)
Thats it! Thats all you need! It's how you combine these ingredients that make for fast & awesome biscuits.
Step 1: Stick your butter into the microwave and melt it completely. Meanwhile, Measure flour into a good size bowl. (I like using a large measuring cup for this. I just pour the flour in to approximately the right spot and keep going.)
Step 4: Turn the dough out onto your floured surface and apply more flour on to the top of it. Gently shape the dough into a large rectangle using your hands.
Step 5: Take a knife and cut it into 15 equal size squares, cutting two strips horizontally and 4 vertically.
Step 6: Flour your hands and gently pick up each where shaping it into a puck. *Here is the secret to really good biscuits. You don't touch them any more than is absolutely necessary! Don't worry about making them into perfect shapes. Just gently pat them into a circle. The more that you touch a biscuit the flatter and tougher it will become.
I like to bake my biscuits in a clear casserole pan in order to make the bottom just as crunchy as the top. If you don't like that then I would suggest using a metal pan for a softer bottom.
The biscuit should be ready to come out of the oven in 25 to 30 minutes. Everyone's oven is different and this is a high temp. So, keep an eye on the after 15-20 minutes the first time you make them. Yours may be done earlier or later, figure out how your oven works for you. Just look at the tops, whenever they're a nice, rich golden color with a bit of brown take them out. Enjoy!
I don't mind showing my mess! :o)