I had not had a biscuit for a long time until I ate at a trendy little southern style restaurant here in San Francisco. Farmer Brown knows fried chicken and it is quite an indulgence every now and then. They recently opened a to-go window near my office which I finally tried this week. They serve a range of chicken lunch boxes and waffles and chicken + waffles, and they all come with what they call their “Angel Biscuits”. One of my co-workers gobbled it up on the way back to our office repeatedly saying, “it’s so good!” and it got me thinking… I haven’t made biscuits since I have no idea and I have a lot of good recipes to try…. hmmm.
For dinner I made grilled chicken, roasted green beans and finished the meal off with a pretty little biscuit. I adapted 2 recipes to create what I find was a perfect accompaniment to a simple dinner. They came out well, though not as tall as I imagined, and were really tasty. They were nice and flakey, moist, and not too sweet for a dinner biscuit. They are also quick to pull together if you find you have no bread component for your meal.
Adapted from Baking From My Home to Yours (and a little insight from Paula Dean)
2 C flour
1 T baking powder
1 heaping tsp sugar
3/4 tsp salt
8 T butter
3/4 C buttermilk
1/4 tsp baking soda
Preheat oven to 425* and center rack in oven. Whisk together dry ingredients and cut in butter until it resembles oatmeal and pea size pieces. Add milk and stir together with a fork. Knead once or twice in the bowl and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll to 1/2″ thick and cut as many biscuits as possible with a 2″ round. Gather the scraps and working the dough as little as possible pat into 1/2″ thickness and cut again. (mine yielded 11) Lay cut biscuits on a silicone mat lined baking sheet (or freeze biscuits) and bake for 14-18 minutes until puffed and golden brown.
I made mine with buttermilk because I had it on hand. If you don’t have it, just substitute for whole milk – or at least 2% – and don’t add baking soda. They were delicious just plain and I they are a fine compliment to tea with jam and honey!
ps. roasting green beans is amazing!