Cream Biscuits

Let me tell you a little bit about biscuits.  When they are done correctly, they can be the best things on earth.  But if done poorly, then, you can end up in a world of crumbly flour chunks, stiff dough, and bland doughy tastes, and this is certainly not a good place to be.

I’ve been on a hunt lately for a good, simple biscuit recipe.  No flavors, no add-ins, no limitations on what I could pair these little guys with when I come home from work and decide to pull one out from the freezer.  I wanted a biscuit with a little bit of sweetness to go well with jams and honey to have with tea on the weekends, but I also wanted a solid biscuit that could hold its own as a side to a gravy or savory soup.  Enter the cream biscuit.  Now, I know I have posted a variation on the cream biscuit before, but this one, while simple, is not a Plain Jane by any means.  This one has substance, that hint of sweetness, and is able to go with anything I pair it with: egg and cheese biscuit sandwiches, cinnamon and sugar, or even biscuits and gravy (vegetarian-style, by the way…post coming soon.)

So, if you have a little time to spare and some extra cream on hand, these little guys are worth the short amount of time it takes to make them.  Three cheers for biscuit versatility!

 

And, P.S. On a personal note, I just wanted to wish my parents, Rick and Georgia, a Happy Anniversary!  Congratulations on 36 years of marriage.  Love you both!

Cream Biscuits

Servings: approximately 12 biscuits (using a 2-inch biscuit cutter)

Ingredients

4 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons sugar

1 and 1/2 tablespoons baking powder

1 tablespoon sea salt

1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled butter, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 and 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, plus more for brushing the tops of the biscuits

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.

3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt, mixing thoroughly.

4. Using your fingers, gently blend the butter pieces into the flour mixture, squeezing each piece of butter until you have several pea-sized pieces.

5. Add the 1 and 1/2 cups of cream to the dough, and, using a wooden spoon, stir until the dough comes together in a cohesive ball, adding more cream if necessary.

6. Transfer the dough to a cleaned and lightly floured surface and, using a rolling pin, roll the dough to a thickness of 3/4″.

7. Using a biscuit cutter (or the open end of a glass cup, like my grandma used to), cut the dough into biscuit rounds, re-forming and re-rolling the dough as necessary.

8. Brush each biscuit generously with cream.

9. Bake the biscuits until golden brown, about 25-30 minutes.

 

Source: Directly from Bon Appétit, November 2011 via Epicurious.

 

November 8, 2011 - 5:52 am

Hannah - These look great. Do you freeze these before or after you bake them?

November 8, 2011 - 6:15 am

Blog is the New Black - These look perfect, and not terribly complicated to make. I love a good biscuit!

November 8, 2011 - 6:43 am

srlacy - Hi Hannah- I froze them after they baked. I haven’t tried the other way, though. :)

November 8, 2011 - 7:13 pm

Ann P. - This is a great staple recipe to modify into a hundred different biscuits! These plain ones look delicious :)

November 9, 2011 - 7:19 am

Medeja - Hm.. now I not sure if i should try them if I would be able to make them right :) But yours looks really great!

November 9, 2011 - 8:53 am

Christin - Your biscuits look perfect. I don’t know why, but I struggle with making biscuits more than anything else.

November 9, 2011 - 10:01 pm

Mrs. Measurement - These do look amazing. I’ll admit I’m a Pillsbury Biscuit type of girl – but that may change after I try this recipe out.

November 10, 2011 - 8:35 am

Melissa @ Kids in the Sink - My mom makes wonderful biscuits but I can’t get her to nail down a recipe for them so I’ve never been able to make them. These look delicious so maybe I’ll be able to attempt them.

November 11, 2011 - 11:29 am

brandi - i love homemade biscuits. my father in law is a biscuit master and has been teaching me the last couple of years, but we haven’t made a cream biscuit yet. putting this on our “to try” menu for THanksgiving!

November 12, 2011 - 12:39 pm

Quimicococinero - Wonderful recipe and photo. That delicious!

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December 11, 2011 - 6:25 pm

Lisa @ TheFatLossAuthority.com - Mmmm – these were really good! They came out just perfect! Everyone loved them and I can see many meals these could be used with. I like to have some kind of bread or biscuit with our meals, so this will definitely be one that I will be making regularly.

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