Baking Powder Biscuits

Baking Powder Biscuits

Baking Powder Biscuits

Does that picture make you want to eat a biscuit? I sometimes hesitate to post about a recipe because I have to take the picture at night with the artificial light in my kitchen. Food photography after dark is challenging and not always appetizing so if you have an opinon or suggestion regarding the photo, I’d love to read your feedback.

The biscuits were made with buttermilk, butter, all purpose flour and an egg! For many years I’ve made buttermilk biscuits with shortening and no egg, so these were different in a good way. The flavor was far better and the texture and moisture content were better as well. They are the best biscuits I’ve ever made, and they smelled terrific. My husband and son both gave them thumbs up.

Buttermilk Biscuits

2 c. all purpose flour

2 t. sugar

1/4 t. salt

2 t. baking powder

1/2 t. baking soda

5 T. cold butter

1 egg

2/3 c. buttermilk

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Whisk together the dry ingredients. In a smaller bowl lightly whisk the buttermilk and egg. Cut the cold butter into smaller pieces. Using a pastry blender, cut the butter into the dry ingredients. The mixture should have little clumps about the size of peas. Stir in the buttermilk and egg mixture just until everything in the bowl is evenly moistened. Lightly flour your countertop and hands and pat the dough to an even 1 1/2 thickness. Cut with biscuit cutter and place on ungreased baking sheet. Pat the dough back together and continue cutting. Brush the biscuit tops with buttermilk and dust with flour if desired.

Bake until golden, about 10-12 minutes.

Makes 10-12 biscuits.

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7 Responses to “Baking Powder Biscuits”

  1. abbie Says:

    I’ve discovered that, since I have fluorescent light in my kitchen, it really helps to use the fluorescent light setting on my point-and-shoot camera’s Program options. Not perfect, but at least bearable :)

  2. basicallybaked Says:

    Thanks Abbie for taking the time to look and comment. I used that option on my camera, but I think I need to do some tweaking. It’s so much easier in natural light!

  3. abbie Says:

    Natural light IS so much easier! And I know a bunch of those disciplined-type people only photograph their food in the daytime. But so often, I only have the chance to cook at night, so ya do what ya gotta do!

  4. Sue Says:

    I hear you! :-)

  5. Camear Chick Says:

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  6. Camear Chick Says:

    One of the biggest mistakes a photographer can make is using pure daylight for photography. if you want to get great, even light and don’t want to be photographing an hour after sunrise or an hour before sunset do one of the following:

    1. Only photograph food outside on days that are evenly overcast (grayscale days is what i call them); otherwise you’re going to have to battle shadows. You’re going to have to learn to use full sunlight to its advantage.

    2. If you’re also a crafter and have an ott light kicking around use it. it’s better than sunlight because it can be controlled relatively easily (unlike the real sun, which requires all kinds of doo-dads to wrangle). if you don’t have an ott light get some of those ge reveal bulbs and a few (3 is a good number) cheapo desklamps or similar. these bulbs are as close to natural light as mere mortals can purchase these days. by putting them in cheap desk or similar lamps (meaning lamps with open ends and bendy necks) you can put the light where you need it to be. you should have a key light, a back light and a fill light for the most even result.

    here’s a really simple tutorial i found:

    http://www.3drender.com/light/3point.html

    the verbiage may or may not be good and/or useful – but the diagrams are very good and so easy to understand.

    • basicallybaked Says:

      Thank you for taking the time to comment. Your comments are very helpful and I’ll check out the link you provided. I do have something similar to an Ott light. I’ll have to give that try.
      Sue

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