Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Easy and Tasty Whole-Wheat Biscuits


Lazy-Day Whole Wheat Biscuits


Picture by Paprika & Time 2013
Description: Lovely crumbly whole wheat drop biscuits, perfect to accompany any meal or to eat alone with butter and jam.

1.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, or 230 degrees Celcius (Gas Mark 8)

2.  Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Blend all together with a whisk in order to distribute them evenly.  

3.  Place cut butter or vegetable shortening pieces in the flour and toss around to cover.  Using your hands, break up the butter or shortening in the flour, continuously keeping the pieces covered in flour until you form coarse crumbs.  Alternatively, you could use a pastry cutter to blend or cut two knives at opposite angles across the butter or shortening, to break them up inside the flour.

4.  Add buttermilk and stir until mixture is evenly moistened and has formed a soft and sticky dough.  Using the heel of your hand turn the dough and knead it in the bowl about five times, until all the ingredients are blended and the dough takes on more body.  It will still be somewhat sticky.

5.  Grease a baking sheet and lightly dust it with about a tablespoon of cornmeal.  

6.  To make small biscuits, drop them by the spoonful onto the baking sheet.  To make large biscuits double the quantity of dough for each.  To make jumbo biscuits, divide the dough into four equal quantities and drop all four onto the baking sheet. 

7.  Sprinkle tops of biscuits with poppy seeds.

8.  Place biscuits in pre-heated oven and allow them to bake for 10-12 minutes or until they are a rich golden brown.  

9.  Melt the butter while the biscuits are baking, and when they are out of the oven, drizzle the butter evenly over the warm biscuits.

Serve and enjoy!  

Picture by Paprika & Time 2013

If you have any left over, you can store them in an air-tight bag to enjoy for breakfast the following day with butter and jam.  Just warm them up in a toaster oven for about five minutes; you may want to cover them loosely with aluminium foil so the tops don't burn.

Easy Metric Conversions

1 cup All Purpose Flour = 125 grams
1 cup Whole Wheat Flour = 120 grams
½ cup Cornmeal = 80 grams
2 tablespoons sugar = 25 grams
1 ½ tsp baking soda = 7 grams
½ tsp baking powder = 2.5 grams
¼ tsp salt = 1.5 grams
4 tablespoons butter = 56.75 grams
1 cup buttermilk = 237 ml
½ cup melted butter = 120 ml
2 teaspoon poppy seeds = 5.75 grams

Budget Factor


These are only estimates for reference.  Your local ingredient costs may vary.  Currency converted at DKK5.00 to the Dollar and DKK7.50 to the Euro.

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