Buttermilk Drop Biscuits

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Need to make some homemade bread? Why not try making these easy buttermilk biscuits? These biscuits are absolutely foolproof as Serena from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch says. Instead of making refrigerated biscuits you can enjoy homemade biscuits you've made yourself. These biscuits are even great to make in the morning for breakfast to slather in butter and jam. Or you can make them to pair with any dinner recipe you're making. Biscuit is a word used to describe a few different types of flour-based baked goods. The word biscuit means different things in North America and Europe. In North America, a biscuit is an easy bread recipe, and the other type of biscuit in Europe is a hard, flat and unleavened cookie type of recipe. The North American biscuits would be comparable to a scone by European standards, and they are usually not sweetened but can have sweet jams and jellies spread on them. Baking powder is usually used as the leavening agent in these biscuits, and they are also called buttermilk biscuits when buttermilk is used instead of milk. These biscuit recipes are popular in the southern states of the US and recipes have been passed down from generation to generation.

Since yeast was expensive and hard to keep fresh, early settlers in North America came up with the idea to beat air into the dough to create enough air to make them rise as they baked. Biscuits can be made in a few different ways. The biscuit dough could be made and then rolled out flat to be cut into different shapes. Drop biscuits like the ones in this recipe will have more liquid added to the recipe to create more of a pancake type of batter that can be dropped onto a baking sheet. You can also use refrigerated biscuits for an even quicker recipe, and they are great for making while camping. These biscuits are very easy to make, and they have 266 calories and 9 grams of fat per serving. You can make them pretty quickly so you don't have to set a bunch of time aside to make them like you would if you were making other types of bread. All you need is all-purpose flour or whole wheat pastry flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, butter, shortening and buttermilk. Since there are so many dairy products used in this recipe make sure you try and get organic dairy products from pasture-raised cows. These products come from happy, healthy cows who aren't given antibiotics and hormones giving you a more natural product.

First, you'll preheat your oven to 400 degrees and then get out a baking sheet and line it with some parchment paper. Then, in a bowl mix the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt together and then cut the butter and shortening into the mix and mix with a fork until the mixture forms small pea-sized clumps of dough. Then you can add in some of the buttermilk to make a moist, pancake-like dough. Make five biscuits using two spoons and put them on the baking sheet to bake in the oven for 22 to 25 minutes until they are nice and golden brown. You can also test their doneness by sticking a toothpick in the centre, and if it comes out clean, they are ready. They are best served warm so don't wait too long for them to cool and spread some fresh butter on them. They are also great with gravy on them served with meat and vegetables as a way to soak up the gravy and enjoy every last drop.***

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