well butter my biscuit!

Full Disclosure: I am a Northerner.  I call soda “pop.”  I know how to drive in snow.  I’d never seen a collard green until, oh, 3 years ago. Are these biscuits southern? I have absolutely no idea. Are they delicious? Are they delicious?! Does the NBC Olympic anthem make me giggle with joy each time it plays? (Yes. The answer is a resounding yes.)

These are insanely easy, and when you bite into one fresh out of the oven with a little pat of butter melting on top, they are down right transcendent.  I only made a half-recipe because that was all the cream I had. And I was not happy about it.

Cream Biscuits
Adapted  by Smitten Kitchen from James Beard’s American Cookery

Made about 10 biscuits, perhaps a dozen if I had been stricter about the height and scrap-usage

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting the surface
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Melt butter in a small pot or microwave dish, and set aside.
  • Sift two cups flour, the baking powder, salt and (if using) sugar into a large bowl.

  • Fold in 1 1/4 cups cream. If the dough is not soft or easily handled, fold in the remaining 1/4 cup cream, little by little. (I ended up using two additional tablespoons, or half the unused cream.)

  • Turn dough onto a floured surface, mound it into a ball and, using your hands, press it to a thickness of about 3/4 inch.

  • Cut into rounds, 2 1/2 inches in diameter. Gather dough scraps and continue to make rounds. Dip the top of each round in melted butter and arrange on the baking sheet.

i brushed the tops with butter using a pastry brush. it was early, i foresaw bad things happening if i tried to "lightly dip" a floppy piece of dough.

  • Bake until golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve immediately, or flash freeze for future use. [Biscuits can be baked straight from the freezer, and additional few minutes baking time will be needed, usually around 3 to 5.]

flash freeze i will! perfect for a weekday morning.

golden

brown

AND DOWNRIGHT DELICIOUS. (yes that's honey delicately dripping off the edge. you can have this bliss too. do it. just do it.)

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