I love biscuits. They aren't a healthy food, actually if they are good & flaky, they really can't be healthy. Some kind of fat has to be hidden in those layers to create the flakiness...so..
Even though they aren't entirely healthy, i still love them. I make room in our menus for them occasionally, and it's generally a celebration when I do. They are really quick to make also, so they are appealing when I need a quick carb to go with a meal. Tonight was such a night. I made a beef & buckwheat stew (which was so good and is going on another post) and needed some kind of bread as a side. You can't have stew without bread, right? With only about 30 minutes until dinner, biscuits won. I used half wheat, so they technically are HEALTHIER. I'll take that. Here's the recipe I've used for almost as long as I've been baking for. -
2 cups flour. I used 1 cup all purpose and 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, one stick. Chilled
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon of milk. This is a variable. You may need a bit more.
Preheat your oven pretty hot. I used 400° convection. The key to good flaky biscuits, just like flaky pie dough, is keeping all your ingredients chilled before it hits a hot oven. Otherwise the butter will melt out before you get the rise. Combine flour, baking powder & salt in food processor. Pulse to mix. Cut butter into 1 inch chunks. Pulse those until the butter is pea size. add milk & mix only until it comes together. Careful not to overmix. You still want to be able to see chunks of butter in the dough. Quickly form and cut with circle cutter. No pressure, but everything needs to be quick 😉. If you are using a cast iron, like i did, preheat the pan and coat in canola oil. Add cut biscuit dough to pan and immediately get it in the oven. This isn't a hard recipe or technique, just needs to be done quickly. The only exception to this is if you decide to use shortening or lard instead. Then you've got time. Bake until lightly golden brown. I like color to my biscuits, so i broil for a few minutes. Just keep an eye on them, they brown quickly. I've burnt more pans of biscuits then i would care to admit to.