Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Perfect Biscuit

This evening I taught 13-year-old Hannah the secret to making perfect biscuits . . .






The first secret is using White Lily flour.  It makes the lightest biscuits ever!!




Then you use heavy whipping cream.  That's all -- just two ingredients!

Mix about 1 1/2 cups of self-rising flour per 1 cup of heavy cream.  Add flour as needed, being careful not to add too much, or the biscuits will be dry and heavy, instead of light and fluffy.




Knead lightly on a floured surface and roll out to 1/2" thick. 




Then cut into rounds with a glass or cookie cutter dipped into flour.









Bethany loved helping to cut out the biscuits!




Bake at 450 degrees F for 10-12 minutes, or until golden-brown on top.




Then wow your family with a perfect tray of biscuits . . . .




Biscuits are the ideal companion to a bowl of home-made vegetable soup on a cool, autumn day . . . 


21 comments:

Julie said...

I'll have to give this a try. I make mine with self-rise flour, crisco and buttermilk. It took me forever to turn out fluffy biscuits instead of bricks but now the kids say that mine rank better than Cracker Barrel LOL!

Amy @ Cheeky Cocoa Beans said...

Those look so good...just last Wednesday, I was talking with some ladies at church about making biscuits. Now I really want to make some. I'd love to make buttermilk biscuits like my grandmother made (looks like the same recipe as Julie's above me). YUM!

Mrs. Stam said...

wow so easy I'm sure our daughters would love to those too! Looking very yummy :-) Good job!

Donna G. said...

I can't believe you only use two ingredients! I guess we'll be trying these. I love when you post photos of your kids cooking.

busymomof10 said...

There are three things I really love about this recipe:

1. Its simplicity -- only two ingredients!

2. It uses cream -- which is really a healthy, God-made food, despite its bad rap! It is SO MUCH HEALTHIER for us than shortening!!! I HATE shortening and generally ban it from my house (except my oldest daughter will probably use it to make pie crusts this time next week!)


3. It is Delicious -- light and fluffy biscuits every time!

tlmalcolm said...

Those look beautiful. I am going to make some soon. And since you said they are healthy, I won't worry about all the calories they will have dripping in honey butter:) Hannah and Bethany looked so cute covered with flour. I'm not sure I can get that Lily White flour here in NH however. I'll have to take a look! Tiffany could use lard in her pie crusts...that makes the flakiest (my grandmother always used it)!

Rebecca's Refining said...

Those look delicious!! I LOVE using white lily flour! It is my new favorite. Make sure Josh knows how to make those so he can bake some for me while he is here! :)

I love warm biscuits with my soups... or eggs... or salad, they just go so well with about anything! I'm not real fond of honey butter, but I love mom's freezer jam.

I must admit though, I still prefer mom's biscuit recipe...though I use coconut oil in place of the shortening.

BTW, I am really loving the coconut oil..I haven't used shortening since! I was a bit nervous about trying it, but Amber hasn't had any allergy issues from my using it.
I have gotten lazy about using it in my coffee or hot tea......I need to start that back.

Thanks for sharing the pictures! It really inspires me to let my children in the kitchen more....I just hate the mess involved in their learning, but it is needful, and I too easily forget that!! :)

busymomof10 said...

Disclaimer: I didn't claim the biscuits were Healthy, Aunt Terri! ;) I don't see any redeeming value to white, self-rising flour! :) But, they sure do taste good! And I don't feel nearly as bad about making them when I don't use shortening!!!

busymomof10 said...

Rebecca, have you tried using coconut oil in your pie crust rather than shortening?? I'd like to recommend that Tiffany give that a try. Or, she could use lard as Aunt Terri suggested. What do you use for your pie dough?

Jessica said...

I always wondered how to get out of the can biscuits from scratch ;) THANKS!!

Mary R. said...

I've heard of this flour and cream recipe before but have never tried it. I'll have to give it a try now. They don't sell White Lily flour around here, though, or even self-rising flour.

Greg and Donna said...

YUMMY! Those look so good! We love biscuits at our house! Great with homemade jelly, or honey, or butter, or sausage gravy! We will try this!

Zsuzsanna said...

Thank you for posting this recipe. I made these to go with the soup we were having for dinner tonight. They were so quick to make, and SO GOOD!! They rose perfectly, too. Much better than the recipe I have been using; plus, it doesn't require butter (pricey, and a pain to cut in). This will become my new staple biscuit recipe!!

Mrs. White said...

I love this!!! It looks amazing. I can't wait to try it!

Blessings
Mrs. White

tlmalcolm said...

I can't get Lily White flour in NH either. But you can order it on line. (two 5lb bags with shipping is 18.95) I think I'll order some for myself. I was wondering about the coconut oil in pie crusts. Love to know how that works out. And I do love the strawberry freezer jam or how about apple butter on biscuits. Children do love to cook but I can relate Rebecca, it is a mess to deal with. We cook at least once a week at my school with the little ones and they love it. My boys are decent cooks, I'm surprised since I wasn't very good about getting them in the kitchen when they were younger.

Christine said...

This sounds so easy and so yummy! I'll have to try it!

Oh Sew Good said...

And hardly any calories in any one of them. :) They look delicious.

Noel said...

Seriously! that's it!! What have I been doing all my life. I've gotta try this. Those biscuits look heavenly :)

Rebecca's Refining said...

I hate to admit this.........but my standby recipe for pie crusts is the pillsbury ready made!! I have a terrible time trying to make my own...I can never get it off the counter and onto the pie plate in one piece!! I guess that is why I don't make pies very often....maybe I just need to practice more! But, when trying to avoid eating sweets, that would be counter-productive!! Maybe I will give it another try over the holidays....

tlmalcolm said...

Rebecca that's my recipe for pie crusts as well. I have a good one but it is too much work and makes too much dough. I did buy some ready made ones for Trader Joes which are organic. I haven't tried them yet.

Zsuzsanna said...

I have made these scores of times since discovering the recipe - they are SO GOOD! Because the brand of flour you suggest is not available where we live, I made some adaptations, and posted my own version on my blog (with a link to you). Just thought I'd let you know - thank you again for sharing the recipe!

http://stevenandersonfamily.blogspot.com/2011/02/biscuit-recipe.html

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