(With a Southern Accent)
Aw honey, let me tell you about these biscuits I just made. They are heavenly, oh my lordy lord.
I am currently reading a book called The Crossroads Cafe by Deborah Smith, and it's a love story that takes place in North Carolina. Biscuits are mentioned over and over again. The baker of these famous biscuits, is named Delta, and she gets joy from feeding people's souls (which I relate to!)
I couldn't stand it any longer, I had to make me some biscuits.
This recipe is from Alton Brown.
2 C. flour
4 t. baking powder
1/4 t. baking soda
3/4 t. salt
2 T. butter, chilled
2 T. shortening, chilled
1 C. buttermilk, chilled
2 T. butter, melted
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Use a pastry cutter, and cut in the 2 T. chilled butter and 2 T.shortening until crumbly. Stir in the buttermilk, just until the dough comes together. The dough will be sticky. Turn out onto a floured counter top, and fold over a couple of times. Pat into a rectangle that is 1.5 inches high. Cut into 12 square biscuits.
Place the biscuits on the sheet pan, just touching each other. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the tops are golden. Remove from the oven and use a pastry brush to brush the tops with melted butter.
Serve with honey. Try not to eat them all in one sitting.
P.S. You could make these parve by substituting the butter for margarine, and the buttermilk for unsweetened plain soy milk mixed with 1 T. white vinegar.
My favorite soymilk right now is Pacific Ultra Soy, Plain. It is extra thick, and perfect for baking.