Home-style Biscuits

I will never forget when Jace made these for me for the first time. It was my birthday and I woke up to the smell of biscuits and gravy. They were so stinkin good! I think he might regret making them though because from now on he will be known as the biscuit maker of the house and I like them pretty regularly.

This is the recipe for the biscuits, if you want to know how to make the gravy to go with it (I don’t know why you wouldn’t) you can find it here. We used veal stock in that recipe, but since our local grocery store no longer sells veal stock we use chicken stock and works just as well.

I know making biscuits can be a little intimidating but I promise it is easy and they are a million times better than the canned biscuits.

Home-style Biscuits
adapted from Homesick Texan

2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick cold butter, cut into small cubes
3/4 cup buttermilk

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees
Mix the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt together in a large bowl.
Add the cubed, cold butter and work the dough with your finger tips (to prevent the butter from getting too warm) until it comes to a crumb like consistency. You’ll want to basically stretch the butter until it looks like a flake covered in flour.
Add the buttermilk. It will be sticky but work the liquid into the dough. Sticky enough that Jace has been known to use gloves when he’s not too sleepy to forget.
Pour the dough out onto a floured counter top and knead for a minute or so. If it’s too sticky to work with coat your hands and the dough with a little more flour and continue. It should no longer be wet after kneading.
This is the fun part. Form the dough into a ball and hit it with the end of your rolling pin. (I’ve always wanted to hit something with that thing) Every few whacks turn the dough and fold it over, this will create layers. Do this for 3-5 minutes.
Roll the dough out until it is 1/4 inch thick and fold it in half. Using a biscuit cutter or something round like a glass or can cut the biscuits by pressing down into the dough and then turning the cutter. Then you should be able to pop the biscuits out. Cut as many as the dough will allow and then roll out the scraps and make as many as you can out of that. Croud the biscuits in a greased baking sheet or glass pan close together and bake for 10-15 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.
Pour gravy over them or eat them plain. They are delicious.

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