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Sunday, September 2, 2012

mangia mondays 78: biscuits

welcome to
a blog hop i co-host each week
with one of the sweetest people in the world,
lisa from shine your light.

last week was a nightmare!
linky tools wasn't working properly for me,
school was starting,
& my sweet little baby has started teething.
she's only 2 1/2 months!!
we had just started getting into a routine
when all of a sudden
2 little, tiny bottom teeth started
making their debut.
any tips? tricks?
has anyone else had an early teether?

school is awesome.
i am IN LOVE with my bake lab.
i've been patiently waiting for this particular lab...
& it was well worth it.

in the first week,
i've made TWO things that have intimidated me:
- pie
{the crusts always make me nervous...
how do you keep the bottom from getting soggy!?}
- biscuits
{i don't know why...
they're easy!}

so, i'm going to share those lovely biscuits
with all of you!


20 oz. all-purpose flour
.375 oz salt
1 oz sugar
1.25 oz baking powder
8 oz butter, room temperature, cut into small cubes
13 oz milk
egg wash {1 egg & 2 TBS milk}

1. preheat oven to 400 f. line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. in a large bowl, sift together the flours, salt, sugar, and baking powder.

3. add the butter to the flour mixture & cut it in using a pastry scraper.
{you don't want to use your hands because you'll melt the butter!}
you want to make sure there aren't any huge chunks, but you also don't want the butter to totally disappear!

4. add the milk to the flour & butter mixture. use your pastry scraper to combine.
{it'll be a sticky, goopy mess.}

5. turn the mixture onto a well-floured surface. sprinkle some flour over the dough & start kneading lightly.
you want to slightly develop the gluten, but  you don't want to over work the dough at all. once it's come together, fold the dough over itself 2-3 times, making a square-ish shape.

6. roll the dough 1/2"-1" thick. use a biscuit cutter to make your cuts. make sure you just press down firmly once & don't wriggle or twist the cutter... that seals the biscuit! you can re-shape the dough once more & still get nice looking biscuits, but any more than that & they start looking a little wonky.

7. place on the baking sheet 2" apart. brush just the tops with egg wash & bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

these biscuits are delicious & flaky...
perfect for biscuits & gravy!!

i don't think i'll ever buy refrigerated biscuits again!
the directions may sound intimidating,
but they are quite simple & come together rather quickly.

i know that all of the ingredients are measured by weight,
but the first thing we learned was:
in baking, you should always measure your ingredients
by weight because it is more accurate.
invest in a digital scale
{if you don't already have one!}.
the scale makes measuring so fast & easy!

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until next time,
dowlings out!


  1. Your biscuits look so flaky and buttery! Yum! So glad I could join the party this week!

  2. Mmm those biscuits sound yummy! You can also use two knives to mix the pastry dough if you don't have a pastry cutter, crisscrossing them in your bowl.
    Your poor little pumpkin - the teeth are no fun! Baby Orajel, that's all I can say….and a wet, then frozen facecloth to bite on sometimes soothes them. Hope they come in soon.

  3. Thank you so much for hosting us :) Have a great week!

  4. Thanks for hosting! Have a great day! :)

    Check out my latest recipe, review & giveaway @ Baking Blissful

  5. thanks so much for the party:) I had an early teether - 2 teeth @2 months. He actually ran a fever so I used tylenol; it helped a bit, but after they popped through it was smooth sailing. Hope baby feels better soon

  6. Those biscuits look divine, thanks for hosting :)

  7. Thanks for hosting! I shared my basic good steak recipe; simple and scrumptious!

  8. Thanks for hosting this week. Happy to be able to link up with such great creativity!

  9. omg that looks so yummy! just discovered you blog and I love it! I'm your newest follower - hope you can check me out too! : )

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