Bakehouse Live: Sweet Buttermilk Biscuits
- Yield: 12 biscuits 1x
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup cold butter, cut into small cubes
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 3/4 cup cold buttermilk
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped dried cherries or apricots OR heaping 1/2 cup fresh or thawed and drained whole blueberries
- ace a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Using your fingers, quickly work the butter into the dry ingredients until some bits of butter are the size of oat flakes, some the size of small peas. Chunks of cold butter is what we want in our dough.
- In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, combine egg and buttermilk and beat lightly with a fork.
- Create a well in the center of the flour mixture and add the egg mixture all at once. Stir into a shaggy mixture and add the dried fruit or fresh berries. The dough will be moist, but not overly wet.
- Turn dough out onto a lightly floured board and use a floured rolling pin to gently roll the dough into a into a 1-inch thick oval. At the short end of the dough closest to you, fold the dough over until the edge of the dough meets the center of the dough. Fold the top edge of the dough towards the center over the first fold. Gently roll the dough into a 1-inch oval and repeat the folding process again.
- After the second fold, again roll the dough out to a 1-inch thickness and use a 2-inch round biscuit cutter to cut biscuits. Press any dough scraps together to make a few more biscuits out of the remaining dough.
- Place 1-inch apart on the prepared baking sheet and brush lightly with melted butter.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown on top. Serve warm with extra butter. Biscuits are best the day they’re made, and though they can be frozen and lightly reheated in the oven if you need a future treat.
• If you don’t have, or prefer not to use an egg you can substitute with a flax egg or simply add an additional 2-3 tablespoon of buttermilk.
• If you don’t have buttermilk you can use one of these clever substitutions. I particularly love yogurt and milk and a dash of vinegar to create a thick buttermilk for these biscuits.
• Freeze any unbaked biscuits double wrapped in plastic wrap and a freezer safe bag. Biscuits can be baked from frozen – they’ll just need 5-7 minutes longer in the oven.