Bake Yourself Happy
A simple biscuit recipe is a thing to treasure. Maybe it’s because I’ve grown up mostly in the southeast, but biscuits are just one of my favorite things. They are little pillows of happiness upon which you can create a masterpiece. Or if you want to keep it simple, you can just enjoy them au naturel. Biscuits are synonymous with lazy weekend mornings and Sunday dinners with family. Here in the old North State, there are entire restaurants, like Rise and Flying Biscuit devoted to the humble biscuit. But if you’re not feeling like making a whole adventure out of it, I’ve found an A+ biscuit recipe that you probably have the ingredients for right now in your fridge…go ahead, bake yourself happy.
2 cups whole wheat flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold butter
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
You can find the full details of the recipe here, but the gist of it is quite simple. Mix up the dry ingredients, cut the butter into small pieces and sprinkle in. Combine the dry ingredients and butter, and stir until it is like coarse breadcrumbs. Then add the milk in small amounts and continue to stir, finally kneading at the end 8-10 times. You can drop or roll and cut these biscuits before baking them at 450 for about 8-10 minutes (depending on the size of your biscuits).
I took the time to roll these out mostly because…
I wanted to snap an Instagram photo, but I was glad I took the time. I was skeptical I’d mixed it enough, but by the time I turned it out onto the countertop and rolled it a couple times, it was perfect. The biscuits ended up with a really nice even texture, and they were all the same size.
One thing I was really delighted to see with these little biscuits was that, even though I used whole wheat flour that was pretty coarsely ground. I was careful not to overmix, and they were tender and flaky without being dry. A dry biscuit is one of the more offensive things in life, at least to my palette. I had my doubts about using whole wheat flour, but these impressed me. So much so, that I will insist on baking these up next time I have brunch with the fam.
The simplicity of this recipe was the big selling point for me.
I’m not going to lie, I had pretty major munchies when I decided to make these things. So when they finally came out of the oven, I was ready to sample them in a variety of ways. I tried one with strawberry jam and butter, one with Havarti cheese, and then one plain (because it wouldn’t fit in the container...) They were all delicious! This leads me to believe it would be very easy to jazz these up with some fun additions; shredded cheese and chives, or garlic and fresh herbs, maybe some cinnamon sugar for a sweet treat.
I will definitely make these again.
Don’t let all this talk of low carb living and eating clean fool you.
Sometimes, you just need a fluffy pillow of happiness upon which to create a masterpiece. So whether you like your biscuits piled high with breakfast sandwich fixin’s, sopping up sauces, or dolloped with delicious shmears, give this recipe a try! Remember, it only takes a few ingredients and a little hard work to bake yourself happy.