I have been craving biscuits.
Bread of all sorts sounds good to me.
And yes, I could drive through a KFC, but that just isn't my style.
Usually I make baking powder biscuits and they are quite wonderful.
I am always happy with them.
But I could not find my regular recipe. (that is happening to me a lot lately. i need a better system)
And since there are so many more recipes for buttermilk biscuits, I decided to give those a try.
I chose this recipe from Scot Peacock.
I like Scot's recipes. I like his story. I like that he is southern and cares about southern food--like buttermilk biscuits. I like that he is kind of opinionated about how things should taste and what ingredients you should use.
The funny thing is that I really did not follow his recipe at all.
Perhaps that is why the biscuits were a big fat failure.
We had fun making them.
And unless I hear something different from you, I'm going back to baking powder biscuits.
Here's the down low on the biscuits:
Flour--he says use White Lilly. Can't get it here. Used regular white.
Lard. I don't have that hanging around. I used butter.
Homemade baking powder. Even I sometimes say, "why bother?" I used store bought.
Kosher salt. Check.
The dough was pretty dry, even when I added extra buttermilk.
But I did like the slightly sour smell of the buttermilk as I added it.
It has a tang that kind of tickles my nose.
I think I added way to much flour to my rolling surface. It said "generously floured surface."
But it just seemed to make the bottom of the biscuits extra floury.
We used a glass to cut our biscuits since I don't have a biscuit cutter.
The kids love that part.
They didn't come out of the oven looking very pretty, except for the golden edges.
We hardly waited for them to cool before we cut them open, still steaming and dotted them with butter.
They were good.
I ate several.
But not as good as my usual biscuits.
I am not really a baker, so I don't know the science behind this failure.
Maybe lard makes a lighter biscuit and you can't really substitute.
Maybe I handled the dough too much.
Maybe I need to try a different recipe.
Maybe you can share your favorite one with me.
We'll still be eating these for breakfast tomorrow. I am quite sure they will be tasty when dipped in the runny, yellow yolk of a soft boiled egg.
Happy weekend everyone.
ps For the first time, I am using edited photos on my blog.
I don't edit my photos. Ever.
I am sure you can tell.
I don't know how to use photo shop and frankly have been rather intimidated by it.
But tonight I asked Aaron's opinion on a picture and he suggested cropping it (I don't even crop) and then showed me how to adjust the color a bit.
A whole new world has opened up for me.
I don't really know what I am doing. Tonight I just played around.
But it was fun and some of the changes I made I really liked.
I don't think I'll always edit and make big color changes--it can be a bit overkill sometimes.
But it is fun to experiment and try something new.
Bear with me as I do.