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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Basic Biscuits

My mom's recipe for light, easy biscuits has saved me a few times when I need a quick soup accompaniment. I know everyone must have a biscuit recipe but I just don't want to lose my tried-and-true morsels of flaky goodness.

This is also a reason why I love my food processor - "cut in the butter" was my least favourite instruction ever until I discovered these wonderful whirl-y blades.

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup shortening (margarine is fine)
  • 3/4 cup milk for molded biscuits - 1 cup for "dropped" biscuits

Mix together dry ingredients, cutting in shortening. Add milk and mix lightly - just until moistened throughout. Form biscuits however you like or drop on greased baking sheet for crusty goodness. 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Serve hot with butter (obviously)!

Monday, June 11, 2012


This Mennonite classic was prompted by my father-in-law's insistence that I "find them and make them."  It took me forever to figure out what they were, as he pronounced it "Toy-buck" (possibly low German or Russian?). Unfortunately the link I originally took it from has disappeared so I am unable to cite my source.  They were surprisingly easy - not super quick but high-yield.

Start with:

  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp dry active yeast

Mix and let sit 5-10 minutes.  Once the yeast has foamed up, add 1.5 cups of warm milk (not too hot) and 1.5 Tbsp vegetable oil.

  • In separate bowl, mix:
  • 4.5 cups white flour
  • 1.5 tsp salt

Take 2 cups of the above mixture and cut in 1/2 cup of room temperature butter. Add it to the wet ingredients, then add the remaining flour. Knead gently on lightly floured surface.  Let dough rise until doubled (cover bowl with a wet cloth or plastic wrap and set in a warm place).

Shape into two-part buns (larger one underneath, smaller knob on top, poke your finger down the center to stick them together).  Bake on parchment paper for 18-20 minutes at 400 degrees F.

Eat when warm with butter and jam.  Delicious!