Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Homemade Biscuts





The other day I wanted nothing more than to go out to breakfast and sip on some coffee while someone else prepared a delicious and not so nutrious meal to start my day. What can I say? This girl couldn't shake her craving for a ham, egg and cheese biscut...but it was cold and I didn't feel like getting out of my pjs (anyone else have these great ideas before coming back to the reality that you are in fact, not in a hotel and there is no magic man that can be summoned at all hours to bring you you're most wanted cravings that are never, ever actually anywhere in your kitchen?)

So I did what any other girl with a craving would do, I hit the internet and used a variety of biscut recipes to mix together to end up with my first attempt at homemade biscuts. Let me tell you this--I may not be a kitten but I can make some biscuts like nobody's business.

Flakey and buttery and dense enough to stand up to a hearty breakfast, these little nuggets hit the spot and were the perfect canvas for sharp cheddar, honey ham, and a slightly runny yoke.

Homemade Biscuts (breakfast for two..or three)
  • 1 cup flour (+1/4 c for kneading)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 + 2 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter cold + (1 tbsp melted butter for the tops) 
Getting Started:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Cut in 3 tbsp cold butter or, using your fingers, mix the butter into the dry ingredients..working quickly so the butter doesn't get too soft. The texture should resemble sand or a coarse breadcrumb. 

Stir (I reccommend a floured wooden spoon) in the milk slowly until just combined. Allow to sit about a minute or two. Heavyily flour a piece of wax paper on a flat work surface. Flour your hands and knead the biscut dough into a ball. (It's a little sticky, kind of like this mess was...)

Pat the dough ball down until about 1/2 inch thick. Using a biscut cutter (or in my case, a stemless wine glass) cut out your biscuts and place on an ungreased baking sheet. 

Brush the tops with melted butter and bake for about 10-12 minutes until golden brown.

Split and top with eggs, ham, bacon, or cheese. OR serve alongside this or this

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