Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Bakin' Biscuits

The other day we had some homemade chicken soup, all it needed were some biscuits. I dug out my Newfoundland recipes cookbook and found the Tea bun recipe...tweaked it here and there, threw them in the oven and hoped for the best.

They turned out really good, there were a few adjustments on temperature, size and time, but overall they were great! I have since made them a couple more times, adding an ingredient here or there. This is a very versatile recipe, and the simplicity of it makes it easy to add your own twist without compromising quality.

My toughest critic LOVES them, he even turned down a banana at bedtime because he caught sight of the biscuits on the counter. Lofa never turns down bananas.

Here is the recipe for the 'tweaked' biscuits we ended up with.

2 cups Stone ground whole wheat flour (this is from a local farm, delish!)
1 cup Organic All purpose flour
3 heaping tsps Baking powder
3 tbsps honey (local as well...local honey is wonderful if you are allergic to pollen, because it is made form local pollen. Eating it will help build a Resistance to the allergens.)
1/4 cup unsweetened organic apple sauce**
pinch of salt
1/2 cup + 1 tbsp Organic unsalted butter
2 tbsp dried thyme**
1 egg slightly beaten
1 cup buttermilk *

Sift together the dry ingredients, rub in the butter, until it is crumbly. Mix together honey, applesauce, egg and buttermilk. Add to dry ingredients. Do NOT over mix (this will make your biscuits dry and tough) roll out and cut buns (standard biscuit size, I used a cup upside down to cut them out). bake for 20 minutes at 400f
and then 10 minutes at 450f. cool slightly and serve with butter. YUM!

* 1 cup of yogurt and water can substitute for buttermilk. Just add water until the yogurt resembles buttermilk in consistency.

** these additions can be substituted for whatever you like. Try adding 1/2 cup of aged white cheddar, or use vanilla yogurt and add 1/2 cup of fresh blueberries.

Bon appetite!

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