Biscuits (and how a Northern gal apparently can’t cook like a Southern gal)

Last Friday’s trip to BJ’s was a serendipitous event. There on the shelves with the other produce–strawberries. Not the out of season tasteless things that mock you with their presence, but the fragrant, delicious, crimson bites of summer. I couldn’t resist picking up carton after carton and inhaling their delectable aroma, transporting myself to a warmer clime and time.

The problem is that I’m so settled into winter in the Northeast that it took a while for inspiration to strike on what exactly to do with those bright red beauties, other than just eat them straight on.

biscuitsBiscuits. That’ll do the trick. I googled for a recipe and found a tutorial on YouTube from one of my favorite shows when we had extended cable, Good Eats. I probably should have watched the whole thing first before starting but bah, that’s for amateurs. (On the other hand, I recommend that you do… or at least glance at the instructions below so you’ll be a step ahead of me…)

Just before I started the video, I began transferring my fresh 10lb bag of King Arthur unbleached all purpose flour to the flour jar. The bag slipped out of my hand, almost as if it were in slow motion, yet I could not stop the inevitable. I watched helplessly as a cloud of white covered the pantry walls and cabinet doors, all over the dog’s water bowl and floor. There the bag lay, split down the side, a wounded soldier–a casualty of a sneak attack. I was frozen–where do you start with a mess like that?

Somehow, I pulled it together. Cleaned up the mess, mopped the pantry floor (which needed it anyway), transferred the remaining flour, and moved on. I’m such a klutz.

biscuitsThe recipe is easy to follow by watching the video. Don’t go to Food Network’s website for the written version because it’s wrong. But do pay attention–if you want to make shortcake (which is what I probably should have made), you need to add sugar. I didn’t catch that part until my biscuits were already cut and lined up on the baking sheet. Oh well–they’re great regardless. Not bad for a Northern gal.


Southern Biscuits
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Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 12
  • 2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup organic shortening
  • ⅔ cup Greek yogurt mixed with ⅓ cup 2% milk
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a 2-quart mixing bowl, mix dry ingredients together and set aside.
  3. Work in butter and shortening with your hands until crumbly.
  4. Add yogurt/milk mixture and work it until fully incorporated, but don’t overmix.
  5. Lightly flour your work surface and press your dough into a disc, then cut with biscuit cutter or a small glass dipped in flour.
  6. Set out biscuits on on a stoneware baking sheet or non-stick baking sheet so they are barely touching each other.
  7. Make a slight indentation into the center of each biscuit with your thumb.
  8. Bake until golden, about 12 minutes or so (dark/nonstick pans may make the bottoms burn before the biscuits are done).
  9. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  10. Best eaten the same day, but you can store leftovers in an airtight container.


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    • olivia ryan on 20 January, 2011 at 8:38 pm
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    As a southern girl, this completely offends my sensibilities… shoulda just made straight up shortcakes or scones. *shakes head* The strawberries look nice though.

    1. To be honest, the plan originally when I went searching for a recipe was to make shortcakes. But the biscuits worked just fine, too. Ever tried them with strawberries? Delicious!

  1. Great story! I’d start crying if that flour disaster happened to me! I love Good Eats too and BTW you can watch clips of it on your iPhone. The Food Network App is free!

    1. Now if only I had an iPhone… 😉 It must work on the iPod Touch if I have a WiFi signal though. Thanks for the tip!

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