Wednesday, October 10, 2012

(Yogurt) Biscuits from a homemade mix

We have a new favorite "side" for dinners: biscuits! I have two little ebooks that I purchased last year that have recipes for mixes you can use or give away as gifts. I've been using the cornbread mix for a while and decided I wanted buttermilk biscuits the other day. I adjusted it a little for what I have:

(adapted from recipes in Little Cottage Mama's Wholesome Mixes and Holiday Mixes and Gifts in a Jar)

Mix the following ingredients together and store in an air tight container until ready to use:

8 C fresh ground soft white winter wheat flour (or whole wheat pastry flour)
8 tsp sugar (or leave this out)
8 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp salt

per batch:
2 rounded cups mix
1/3 C coconut oil (or butter)
2/3 cup or less of yogurt water (or buttermilk or milk+vinegar mix)

When ready for biscuits, preheat the oven to 450. Put 2 rounded cups mix and 1/3 C coconut oil in food processor and process until you have little crumbles. Dump that and 2/3 cup yogurt water into another bowl and mix just until combined. Put a handful of flour on the table, knead the dough a little and add flour until it doesn't stick to everything (lol). Then pat it down flat to a 3/4 inch thickness and cut with anything round like a tumbler cup (or free form like I did with Noah). Place on greased cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. Makes about 10.

This is the way we prefer it, but you can substitute many of the ingredients as I've noted above. Since I make my own yogurt (plain yogurt), the cool thing about using yogurt water instead of the milk+vinegar mixture is that I only use a couple tablespoons worth of yogurt, which translates to only a couple tablespoons of raw milk. It saves money because I would use a lot of milk if I made the milk+vinegar mix every time I wanted cornbread or biscuits. (and I'll mention again that making your own yogurt saves money too! It costs us $1.50 for a quart of raw milk - which makes a quart of yogurt - instead of $3.50 for a quart of plain stoneyfield yogurt!)

I had Noah help me make the biscuits the other day to go with lunch - but mostly because I thought he would have fun. Last week we had biscuits with a few chicken meals and then had biscuits with homemade gravy for lunch - so yummy!

adding his contribution to the middle

I love this stone that was a wedding gift from my Grammie. I only started using it a month ago.

showing me his messy hands

spreading flour

Eating his creation

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