Touch-of-Grace Biscuits

I’m really enjoying being part of the group baking through The Bread Bible. I initially thought I might be nuts, signing up for 2 baking groups at once, but the once-a-month pace is perfect, and the results are generally things that aren’t a problem to add to our regular meals. With The Baking Bible bake-through, I have to plan out where the results are going: my work, Jay’s work, Gilad, or are we having people over? I don’t care where you go, but you can’t all stay here! This week, we had “touch of grace” biscuits with turkey noodle “stoup” for Sunday dinner.

This is a simple recipe, and you don’t need any special equipment to make it, other than a 8″ round cake pan. Probably don’t be like me, and go with something less than 3″ deep, though.

First step: make your own self-raising flour, with all purpose, cake flour, baking powder, and salt. Then, one teaspoon at a time, rub shortening into the flour.

Rubbing in the shortening
Rubbing in the shortening

Once that’s all “pea sized”…

Size of small peas
Size of small peas

Add the buttermilk (or cream, but who doesn’t like buttermilk biscuits?)…

Buttermilk!
Buttermilk!

Stir. With my dough whisk, this took maybe 15 swipes around the bowl to come together?

I love my dough whisk.
I love my dough whisk.

The dough whisk is a tool I never would have bought for myself, but I very much appreciate the gift from my Mom. I use it at least once a week (to feed my sourdough, if nothing else).

The next step, I’m not sure I did right. This is where you scoop out some of the biscuit dough, drop it in flour, dust it with more flour, then “shape” it into a round.

Ready to drop biscuits in flour
Ready to drop biscuits in flour

Er.. yeah, my biscuits weren’t round. And they kind of ran together. *Really* soft dough. Maybe I didn’t let it sit long enough?

Biscuits?
Biscuits?

I was hoping they’d magically look more biscuit-like after coming out of the oven.

Weird looking.
Weird looking.

A little, but still pretty weird. They were definitely cooked, though. The recipe says they should read 160 in the centre. If you see the little hole in the middle one above, you can see that I did stab it with the thermometer, and it read well over that. I stopped waiting for it to finish rising when it hit 180. :/

Pulled apart
Pulled apart

I realized after supper that I forgot to grab a picture of the 9 of them pulled apart on the plate. So… you get a picture of 4 of them pulled apart on a plate. 😉

Despite the weird appearance, and the lack of a significant amount of rise, these were really quite tasty, and didn’t even need butter. The texture seemed little off to me, but I have a feeling that has something to do with the shape of the pan that I used. I don’t own an 8″ round by 2″ deep pan, but feel like I probably should. My pan cupboard’s getting a little full, though, so something would have to go out the door, first.

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8 thoughts on “Touch-of-Grace Biscuits

  1. It’s ok Kristina to post early. At least I get to read early and I don’t mind. 🙂 My biscuits had a darker top..maybe I over baked it a little longer. Oh..i like your dough whisk!

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  2. I think maybe it is because you used buttermilk that’s why it’s wetter? I used combination of heavy cream & yogurt. The heavy cream here is not liquid more like sour cream / yogurt texture.

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  3. Hi Kristina, It was so nice to have a quick and easy recipe for a change. No more than one or two minutes of rest then into the oven they go. It took more time to clean myself up then it did to make the biscuits. Even though we didn’t get to see all 8, they great as 4. I really l ike your dough wisk.

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  4. If only pans were collapsible. But it’s amazing how many you can fit in a drawer when you try. I really enjoyed these too.

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  5. My biscuits cooked way above the temp listed too. I checked them after 15 minutes and they were already over 200F. They were still extremely soft and tender though so I don’t think they suffered at all. I can’t imagine how much more delicate they could have been if I pulled them at 160F. As for the once-a-month frequency of this group, I LOVE IT!!! It would be nice if we slowed the pace of The Baking Bible down a bit. We just can’t eat it all. Ahhh! If you get a chance, I’d love for you to stop by and visit my post.

    Patricia @ ButterYum
    http://www.butteryum.org/roses-alpha-bakers/2015/5/15/touch-of-grace-biscuits

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