Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Edna's Cafe Biscuits


There is something just so comforting about a fresh homemade biscuit. Just out of the oven, steam rising off the top, bathed in butter. It can send you down memory lane in a few blinks of an eye.



In this day and age of everything from a can, and freezer to oven convenience, the art of making biscuits for dinner has largely gone by the wayside.

There was a time when making a stellar biscuit got a gal a husband, and heck, in the movie "McLintock" it even got Yvonne DeCarlo a job when Chill Wills handed John Wayne a biscuit she had made.



Over the last 30 years I have been obsessed with making the perfect biscuit. I've made some good, but many bad. I'd get the flavor right but then they would be too hard. Some were supremely tall, but tasted like aluminum because I had added too much baking powder.


Over time I'd make little notes in my cookbooks as to what I had liked and disliked about a certain recipe. The flakiness. The flavor. The crunch of that first bite. I found that two things stood out the most. Many recipes called for shortening. Maybe it's just me, but I've found that shortening leaves a coating and somewhat of an unpleasant taste in my mouth after I eat one containing it.

The other was the liquid ingredient. So many people love a buttermilk addition to many recipes, and generally I am one of those people. But I found that most often, like most people, I would have to use a substitute for it. Buttermilk is not something I usually keep on hand, and I really don't care for the powdered variety. I found though, that I actually preferred the flavor of lemon juice and whole milk combined, as a substitute for the buttermilk.



Thirty years is a long time to figure out how to make a biscuit. I'm happy to say now though that I am done. I don't care to peruse recipes for another, or jump when someone else says they have a great recipe. These are delicious. They are satisfying. They keep my hubby happy. Need say more?




Edna's Cafe Biscuits

3 c flour
1- 1/2 tsp sugar
2- 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt, slightly heaping
1/2 c unsalted butter, cubed small and very cold
Scant 1- 1/4 cups whole milk
1 Tbs lemon juice


In a large measuring cup, add 1 Tbs lemon juice. Then add whole milk up to the 1-1/4 c mark. Mixture will start to curdle. Stir and set aside.

Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, soda, and salt in a large bowl. Add unsalted butter and using pastry blender, blend until butter is the size of large peas. Add milk mixture to flour mixture and stir only until just combined. Place dough onto a well floured surface and pat out to a large square or rectangle, of about 1/2" thick. You can cut biscuits into squares with a knife, or use a round biscuit cutter to make approximately 9 to 12 biscuits. Pat together any remaining scraps and form into biscuits as well.

Spray a baking sheet with non stick spray and place biscuits on pan about 1" apart. Bake in a pre heated 425F oven for about 10 to15 minutes, depending on your oven, until light golden brown. Serve hot with butter, jam, honey, or whatever your heart desires. Me, I just like 'em plain. Enjoy!


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20 comments:

RecipeGirl said...

Holy shit, these look awesome! Bookmarking for the next chilly soup day that comes along!

Maria said...

You can't beat a hot, homemade, melt in your mouth biscuit. Yours look perfecto!

megan said...

I've never made homemade biscuits, so I think I'll start with your recipe. why try others if this is the best right? can't wait - they look incredible!

Dragon said...

LOL, did RecipeGirl actually swear? Man, these must be great. :)

Will be trying them soon, darling.

Sinful Southern Sweets said...

Well, I believe RecipeGirl summed it up for all of us. I just want to say that as a southerner, I have searched high and low for that perfect recipe, since our grandmothers did not write down those recipe-less biscuit recipes. I'm suppose to know how to make perfect biscuits!! This looks like the perfect biscuit to me too. I'm definately going to try this on Sat. morning. My girls and hubby are going to have a fit when they get biscuits that don't resemble hockey pucks!

ReneK said...

Can't wait to try these!

Barbara Bakes said...

That is a gorgeous biscuit! Thanks for doing all the hard work. I'll print this and put it in my favorite recipes notebook!

Stephanie said...

OMG, the yum.

Bellini Valli said...

Flaky biscuits straight from the oven and slathered in butter..I am notr sure if there is anything better.

Cheska Faith said...

This looks like homeschool friday must! Maybe some jam to go with? Hmmmm? Hubs will be thrilled!

♥peachkins♥ said...

Those buttery biscuits are perfect with morning coffee or fried chicken at dinner!!

Cha Cha said...

My mouth is literally watering. Yum! Thanks for sharing!

Megan said...

30 years of obsessing? They have to be killer! And the lemon juice surprised me. Bookmarked to try and Stumbled!

Claudia said...

I love using lemon juice and milk. I am not a big biscuit maker - but oh my - these are melt-in-your-mouth-can-I-have-one-now? I love the 30 year journey - I have foods like that - and as they say it is the journey and not always the destination. I think you have both.

Chef Chuck said...

Yumm, Wonderful Job!! Breakfast time:)

Patsyk said...

They look perfect! I adore a homemade biscuit... but, haven't mastered them yet. Marking this one to give a try!

glamah16 said...

I love biscuits. Especially with syrup and butter. Wish I could convert CS over to the love of them. Yours look so flaky and buttery.

Cate O'Malley said...

total comfort food, especially when it's cold out, they look delicious!

Susan said...

They look amazing! Love the folksy name, too. Homemade biscuits aren't hard to make, yet people reach for the mix much of the time. They don't know what they're missing: these.

Patty said...

Oh my god these are perfect! Not even kidding, these are the best biscuits I have even seen, good job!!