Let’s start with biscuits. My favorite bread on earth, and nothing better than hot with butter and marmalade, these biscuits are easy to make. They’re great the next day, toasted, with tea, or for my favorite lunch, a sandwich of dry salami, or smoked tongue.
- 2 cups unbleached white flour
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup buttermilk
Get out 1 whole cube of cold butter. Cut the butter cube, 1/3 and 2/3. Dice up the 1/3 part and scatter the pieces on a 9 X 13 baking pan. Put the pan in the oven and preheat the over to 400°. You will take the baking pan out as soon as the butter begins to melt.
In a small bowl, place flour, sugar, baking powder, soda, salt, & stir with hands. Chop butter into pea-size pieces. Cut butter pieces into flour until completely mixed and grainy. I do it with my hands, quickly so the butter doesn’t get warm. Pour in buttermilk and mix with fork, quickly. Don’t overmix. Place ½ c. flour in center of board or pastry cloth. Scoop out dough into flour, knead into ball, and press into a circle about ¾ inch thick. Cut with large 2 ¾” biscuit cutter, place on buttered baking pan. Makes 8-9 biscuits.
Bake at 400° for 18-20 minutes until tops begin to brown.