Thursday, February 26, 2009

Baking Powder Biscuits

It was a cold, January night when I decided to cook up a batch of the hearty and delicious Tex Mex casserole you see above. As the smell of simmering meat and vegetables filled my kitchen, it dawned on me that freshly made bread would be the perfect match. The only problem? Dinner was going to be ready in less than an hour.

And that's where these baking powder biscuits came in.

These are so easy and quick to make, you absolutely won't believe it. The dough takes minutes to prepare, and only minutes to bake. In fact, you could have the whole thing made - from gathering the ingredients, making the dough, cutting the biscuits, buttering them up and then baking them - in less than 45 minutes.

These are simple and don't compete with the main attraction - your stew, casserole or soup. And they're really easy to make! Oh, and quick, too! Did I mention that already? :)


The ingredients:
Cutting the biscuits:
On the baking sheet:
Getting all buttered up:
Warm, baked biscuits.... MMM!:

Baking Powder Biscuits (adapted from KitchenAid: Best Loved Recipes - Appetizers, Entrees, Desserts and More)

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
4 tsps. baking powder
1/3 cup shortening
2/3 cup milk
2 tbsps. butter, melted

1. Preheat the oven to 450F.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, whisk flour, salt and baking powder together.
3. Cut shortening into 4 or 5 pieces and drop into the bowl.
4. Using a low speed, mix for about 1 minute.
5. Stop the mixer and scrape the sides of the bowl.
6. Add the milk and mix on a low speed until the dough starts to cling to the beater. Avoid overbeating.
7. Turn the dough onto lightly floured board.
8. Knead the dough lightly until smooth, about 20 seconds.
9. Pat or roll the dough to 1/2 inch thickness.
10. Cut out 12 rounds with a 2-inch biscuit cutter.
11. Place the biscuits on greased baking sheets (or use a Silpat).
12. Brush each biscuit with melted butter.
13. Bake for12 to 15 minutes, until the tops are golden.
14. Remove and serve immediately.


Lord of the Wing said...

The BP biscuits look quick and easy - but I want to know more about this Tex-Mex dish you served it with . . .

Chris said...

Now see, this is about my level of baking ability. I can do biscuits and sometimes they don't even look like flat lumps when they're done. But like LOTW, yeah, that TexMex casserole looks really good!

Wait...that's not the one your SO wouldn't eat is it?

Teena in Toronto said...

Yum! I haven't had a tea biscuit in a long long time!


How do you make the casserole?