Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I know this isn't a real holiday but I do enjoy the extra love floating around today. This morning I broke out my heart shaped biscuit/cookie cutter and got to making these delicious biscuits. These are the biscuits my Gram has made my whole life and probably before that too. Whenever I visit her I usually request that she make them and recently I got her to show me how she does this. I'm pretty sure this recipe comes from the Purity cookbook. These are super simple to make but you have to remember DON'T OVERMIX THE BATTER. Okay? Cool.
First of all, heat your oven to 425 C. To start you're going to need 2 cups of flour, 2 & 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, and 1 teaspoon of salt. Whisk the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Now you're going to cut in 1/2 a cup of shortening. You can use a fork or a pastry cutter to do this but as my Gram showed me, your hands are your best tools for this. When you've got that worked out it should look like this:
Next up is 1 cup of buttermilk. If you don't have buttermilk, you can mix regular milk with a teaspoon of vinegar instead. Use a fork or a spoon to combine the milk in with the rest of the batter. And don't over mix. Lightly flour a clean surface (countertop/kitchen table) and turn the dough out. Sprinkle with a bit more flour. Now lightly knead the dough. 4-5 times AT MOST. Did I mention not to over mix the dough? If you do over mix, these end up more like hockey pucks than biscuits
Pat the dough out until it's about 1/2 an inch thick and then cut out your biscuits. If you don't have a biscuit cutter a glass dusted with flour works well too. If you have leftover dough, pat it together and cut out a few more biscuits.
Place the biscuits on a lightly greased baking sheet (or use a silicone mat like me!). Place in your preheated oven an bake for 12-15 minutes. I find 13 is the perfect number.
Serve immediately but mind your fingers. There be steam hiding inside them.
My mom likes these with Roger's Golden Syrup. I like them with some of my Gram's homemade jam (her plum jam is to die for) or in the evening with a bit of jalapeno jelly. Honey or Cheese Whiz are pretty good too.
(Grant bought me these lovely flowers and I just had to share! Gerbera Daisies and Orchids)
Sending my love! xx Allison