Let me tell you, with four little ones (and the tiredness that comes from that 5th pregnancy) I am all about convenience.
Now, obviously, I try to have a balance. I don't want to feed my family a bunch of JUNK, all processed to there and back, everything out of a box, etc. That would be....well...gross.
Then again, I will pull out a box of mac-n-cheese as quick as the next gal - not for every lunch, but often enough.
Yet there are some things that a box simply can't replicate. Take biscuits. We all have those baking mixes that come in the big ol' yellow boxes. They make like simpler - they save us time.
They are *not* the same as homemade.
I made biscuits & sausage gravy the other night for dinner. I had just enough biscuit mix left in that yellow box for one batch. I don't use it all that often, and we're trying to use up stuff in the pantry (that stuff that gets lost in the back of all our *normal* pantry items). So I mixed it up - easy as pie - and we had your basic meal.
It was fine.
Today, I came across a recipe for homemade biscuits. It was Alton Brown's "Good Eats" recipe. Well............I HAD to try it ~ it's Alton Brown. That man rocks!! (good thing my dh thinks so too!).
Yes, I had to "cut in" butter & shortening. If you are anything like me, that is just the WORST part. I'm not sure why, but I hate that part. So I mixed the dry ingredients, cut in the butter & shortening, stirred in the buttermilk...........you know, made biscuits!
The recipe said to cook them until they were golden brown - not even an estimate of time. Ugh. Hello??? Doesn't this man know as soon as I close the oven door, I have already forgotten what just went in, and have moved onto the next momma-task?!?!
Yet, I was able to keep an eye on them (like 20 min worth, hello?! Yet I *did* open the oven door often, checking on 'em) - even while reheating leftovers, pouring drinks, changing a diaper and tucking a child into bed. (yes, I even amaze myself sometimes)
They were EXCELLENT!
I'm sitting here right now, devouring one with a big ol' slab of butter melting everywhere. I'm thinking how much better my sausage gravy would have tasted on *these* biscuits. I'm thinking why I even *bother* with stupid mixes anyway.......
Oh ya.......cause I have a ga-gillion other things that need my attention around here. Oh ya.......*that*!
Good Eats Biscuits
*Mix together dry ingredients*
2Tbl. + 2tsp. baking powder
1/2tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. salt
2 oz. butter (1/2 stick)
4 oz. shortening (I used 8Tbl. butter flavored Crisco)
*Make a well, and add*
2c. buttermilk (I made up some milk+lemon juice beforehand = 2Tbl. lemon juice + enough milk to equal 2 cups)
Stir just until mixed. Knead slightly, just a few times, being gentle.
Pat down to about 1/2-3/4 of an inch - then cut with biscuit cutter (or a glass like I did).
Put on greased baking sheet (I used a deep dish baking stone), making sure biscuits are slightly touching. Push down slightly on each biscuits, making an indentation with your thumb in the center (I forgot to do the thumb thing - both batches...duh).
Bake at 400* until golden brown - umm, for me that was like 20 min. - but I *did* open the oven door quite a bit during that process, so your time may be less. Just watch 'em like a hawk the first time and you'll be fine.
It said to let them cool for 10 min. before serving. In fact, I just let them rest IN THE BAKING DISH for 10 min. before I even tried to extract them from the pan. Worked like a charm!!
Slather with butter, or honey, or jam, or whatever............and enjoy!!
But don't say I didn't warn you ~ these just may be worth the "cutting in butter" process!!
p.s Thanks to Michigan Mommy of Many who posted this recipe for all to know about!!