Somehow this weekend I became the kind of person who makes biscuits, and my house became the kind of house that barely has a meal without one… How did this happen? I am not really sure, but I blame it on the suddenly seasonal weather (cold), the abundance of soup I had on hand, and the need for something extra comforting as it became clear that the abnormally warm weather wouldn’t be lasting all fall.
Instant Biscuits, adapted from MomsRetro
1 Cup of all purpose flour
2 Tsps Baking Powder
1/2 Tsp Kosher Salt
3 TBSPs Oil/Shortening
1/3 Cup of Water
Fresh Basil, Oregano, Parsley, Garlic Powder, Fresh grated Parmigiana-Reggiano
Set oven to 350 degrees
Before we get started on the how, I have to get into the why. Homemade biscuits has been on my to-do list for a while, but I never got around to it because it’s one of those things that when you want it, you want it and you don’t want to wait for proofing, and who keeps buttermilk on hand? I certainly do not. This recipe takes 15 minutes and is made entirely from pantry items.
In a small bowl mix all of the dry ingredients: flour, salt, baking powder.
Add the seasoning. I went for Italian seasoning because it paired well with the soup I had on hand, but you could just as easily use any other seasoning. Also, this was a great opportunity to use the fresh basil that has grown really beautifully all summer, before the leaves freeze!
Pluck off 6-7 leaves of fresh basil and roll them up in your hand, with a scissor cut across the leaves to create skinny ribbons of basil, if we were fancy we might call this chiffonade, but we’re not, so we won’t.
Add the oil and the water and mix gently with a fork.
The dough is supposed to look pretty sloppy, this isn’t a typical dough that would look nice and smooth. The roughness of the dough leads to light and flaky biscuits.
With your fingers pull apart clumps of dough about the size of a full tablespoon and place on a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Bake for 10 – 15 minutes. If you can resist, let them cool enough so your can handle them. They are very moist and won’t require butter, but that could might only make them better.
Seriously, this is just about as easy as popping open a can of pre-made biscuits, but you won’t chip a nail, you won’t have weird flakes of paper/tin attached the dough, and they will be that much more delicious and rewarding. Enjoy – and share with 6-8 people (because that is how many biscuits it will make, or enjoy them all by yourself!)