Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Brown Sugar Biscuits

Failed baking test trials can really mess with your groove. Even if they aren't complete disasters, it can be frustrating for something not to turn out quite as you imagine it will. Especially if it leads to a general lack of inspiration. That's where these biscuits come in.

I know what you're thinking. Inspirational biscuits? Is that even possible?
Yes, absolutely. When you wake up with a hungry stomach loudly making known its need for immediate sustenance, biscuits are the most inspirational thing in the world.

Luckily, these biscuits come together crazy quick and are open to so many add-ins. Bacon pieces, like the original recipe? Slivered almonds, dark chocolate and coconut for an almond joy variation? Raspberries and white chocolate chunks? Chives and cheddar for a savory route? Either way, you'll end up with flaky, buttery, crumbly, melt-on-your-tongue, lightly sweet heaven.

Brown Sugar Biscuits
Adapted from Joy the Baker

3 cups flour
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper
1 large egg
3/4 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup butter, cut into pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare baking sheet by lining with foil or parchment paper.

Whisk together flour, sugars, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pepper. Cut butter into flour mixture, mixing until crumbly.
In separate bowl, whisk buttermilk and egg together. Add to dry mixture and mix until just combined.
Turn out on floured surface, kneading a few times if necessary. Roll out to 1 inch thickness and cut with 2 inch biscuit cutter. Bake 12-15 minutes until golden brown.

These are great on their own, but would also be wonderful with butter, honey, jam or a fried egg and bacon for a breakfast sandwich.

Share them with friends. Otherwise you'll find yourself four biscuits gone and crumbs all over your shirt. Not that this happened to me or anything.

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