Ready in 45 minutes
This is the way I saw biscuits being made by my maternal grandma. She didnt mind getting her hands messy to make biscuits properly. And of course, she wouldn't be caught using any old cake pan. To make biscuits, you have to use a biscuit pan. Her biscuit pan was a special square cast iron skillet that was used for nothing else except biscuits. These are some great biscuits for breakfast or supper. They are best eaten warm, and their mild flavor tastes even better when spread with butter, jam or honey.
In large bowl, sift together 1 3/4 cups flour with baking powder, baking soda and salt.. Using your fingertips, gently rub butter into sifted dry ingredients until mixture looks like coarse crumbs. (Don't let your fingertips touch, and the faster the better, so the fats don't melt.) Make a well in the center and pour in cold yogurt. Mix with hands just until dough comes together. the dough should be very wet and sticky.
Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup flour on a board or counter. Dip your hands into the flour, then turn dough onto floured counter and work in only enough flour to make it manageable. Pat the dough into a rectangle about 1-inch thick. Cut out 2-inch rounds with a floured cutter, being sure to push straight down through the dough, no twisting. Place on unlined non-stick baking pan about an inch apart. Dough trimmings should be reformed to 1-inch thick, working it as little as possible and continue cutting biscuits until dough is used. (Biscuits from second pass will not be quite as light as those from first.) Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes prior to baking.
Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat to 425 degrees F.
Brush tops of biscuits with heavy cream and bake in a preheated 425 degree F oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden on top.
Makes about 12 biscuits.
The secret to these and most other biscuits is starting with a very wet dough, then dipping your hands in flour and, working very quickly, adding just enough flour for the biscuits to hold together. Sifting the flour makes the biscuits even lighter. Butter tastes much better than vegetable shortening in this recipe, and nowadays they say its better for you. Resist the urge to add more flour to the dough-the wetter the dough, and the less handling, the more tender the biscuit.
Grandma always used what she called, "soft flour". I never knew what that was...I learned later, she was using White Lily flour. White Lily flour is milled only from soft red winter wheat and is less dense and lower in gluten than flours milled from hard summer wheat.
My grandma never made round biscuits. For less work, less waste and less handling of the dough, she would pat the dough into a square, then cut into square shaped biscuits with a thin sharp knife dipped in flour. They fit quite nicely in her square biscuit pan.
reiri 3y agoVery tasty. I live in Japan,so i tried using mix of regular flour and bread flour instead of using all-purpose flour. They came out really good.
sarahbaker2 3y ago
hebronc28 3y agoDidn't turn out well. They had a weird smell too. :(
Vermz85 3y agoI had the same results as susanmary, with too much soda taste, twice now. I am going to try it a little differently with less baking soda and add in some baking powder. Mine rose just fine and the flavor was good otherwise, even with cheap brand all-purpose flour.
kbrmcnulty 3y ago
jaacek323 3y agovery tasty
susanmary 5y agoTried this one today. Not sure what is wrong but all we could taste was the baking soda. They did not rise and they were not good. I followed the recipe to the letter what could have gone wrong? I don't know...would not use this recipe again.
Newhite 5y agoFantastic biscuits! Followed recipe exactly. Very rich and yet light at the same time. Thank you for this one.
sgrishka 6y agoFirst a note about White Lily Flour. White Lily flour had been milled in downtown Knoxville Tennessee since 1883. However, as of June 2008, the new owner, J. M. Smucker Co., shuttered the Knoxville plant and moved production to two plants in the Midwest. Even though representatives from Smucker's claim White Lily flour is still made from the same ingredients and processes as when it was produced in Tennessee, many southern cooks and biscuit aficionados claim to notice a difference in the flour. Many feel that their biscuits come out just a little more dense, and having a texture that isn't quite as smooth as those made from the flour produced in Tennessee. The difference wasn't a big, but they could tell there was a difference. I'm not that picky and still use White Lily flour...for me (being a Yankee from the Midwest), it is still an excellent biscuit flour. As far as I know, White Lily flour is not available in Green Bay, nor Wisconsin for that matter. However, it can be purchased through mail order catalogs, online from Smucker's, or other online sources. It is not supposed to available in my area of Northwest Indiana either, but a local Health Food outlet sometimes carries it. I usually purchase mine when visiting family in Nashville. Other comparable Southern low-protein flour options include brands like Martha White, Gladiola, Red Band, and Melrose. Like White Lily, they run 7.5 to 9.5 percent protein and are best used for pie crusts, biscuits, quick breads and muffins. If you can't find any of these brands, Pastry flour would be the closest substitute. Pastry flour is similar to cake flour, but has a slightly higher protein content (9 percent) and less starch. It's fairly common to find pastry flour in bulk sections of grocery stores, in health food stores, through mail order catalogs, or online. Or, to make two cups of pastry flour, combine 1 1/3 cups bleached all-purpose flour (Pillsbury or Gold Medal - about 10 percent protein) with 2/3 cup cake flour (such as Queen Guinevere, Swan's Down or Softasilk - 6 to 8 percent protein - I prefer Queen Guinevere or Swan's Down to Softasilk, because Softasilk contains a leavening agent). If you need to make it self-rising, add 1/2 teaspoon baking powder per cup of mixed flours. It's also perfectly acceptable to use regular brands of all-purpose flour if you are careful not to overwork the dough (Pillsbury and Gold Medal around 10 percent protein are OK, King Arthur at close to 11.7 percent protein is NOT so good). Your biscuits, while still delicious, just wont have as light a consistency or be as high-rising as biscuits made with White Lily.
capuishis 6y agoWhere do you find White Lily Flour? I live in Green Bay WI and have not seen it around here. What other brand would be good?