Monday, April 18, 2011

Southern Biscuits (Bizcochos Sureños)

These biscuits are a classic in the Southern Cuisine of the United States. They are the perfect to have with Fried Chicken or just with Maple Syrup or Jam for breakfast.

Ingredients for 12

2 cups all purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
4 tablespoons butter, chilled
1 cup cold buttermilk
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Using your hands mix the butter into the dry ingredients until forming crumbs, we don't want the butter to melt. Make a well in the center and add the buttermilk. Stir until forming a very sticky dough.

Preheat oven to 450 F.

Flour the working surface and the top of the dough. Using a rolling pin, fold dough over itself 6 times. Extent to a 1 inch. Cut out biscuits to a 2 inches with a cutter or ramekin, making sure to press down through the dough. Fold the remaining dough and cut some more biscuits.

Place the biscuits in a baking sheet or cast iron skillet. Brush with the egg and bake for 15 - 20 minutes until the biscuits puff and are golden brown.