Friday, October 17, 2008

Whole Wheat Buttermilk Biscuits

Biscuit is a hard baked product.It can be sweet or savoury and is a quick bread.A quick bread is one that does not require yeast -it uses chemical leaveners like baking powder,baking soda and does not require a rising time unlike the normal bread.

A Biscuit in British usage referes to sweet flat cookies,or rather what I called biscuits in India are known as cookies in America,whereas a biscuit in America is a small bread made with a chemical leavener.Buttermilk biscuits are traditional in Southern US cuisine and are known as Soul Food or Comfort food.They are served as breakfast sandwiches or a side/main dish for meal with chosen gravy.Here I have tried to recreate a buttermilk biscuit recipe using whole wheat flour and here it is.

Ingredients:

Whole wheat flour: 2 cups
Baking Powder: 2 tsp
Baking Soda: 1/4 tsp
Salt: 1/2 tsp
Cold ButterMilk:10 tbsp+
Cold Unsalted Butter: 6tbsp

Garnish(optional):pepper powder/sesame seeds/onion seeds/herbs of choice

Preparation:

In a bowl,mix 1 and 3/4th of wheat flour and salt,baking powder and baking soda.Use a whisk to blend evenly.Cut in butter into this and mix well using hands or fork so that the entire mix looks like coarse crumbs-I used hands and pinched and fluffed the butter into the flour so that they looked like little flakes.Add buttermilk little at a time and mix well.You will be obtaining a crumbly lump.Put this onto a lightly floured surface and knead well into a smooth consistency using the rest of the wheat flour.Once the dough becomes easy to handle,pat it into rectangle of 1 inch thickness and then using a round cookie cutter cut into shapes.What I did was instead of patting into a flat rectangle,I made a rectangular(well almost) log and then cut the biscuits and then patted them again if needed into shape.I rolled the log each time I cut out a biscuit.

Once the biscuits are ready,place them on a greased baking sheet.You can pat the top with milk,heavy cream,garnish with pepper/sesame/onion seeds/herbs/spices of your choice.Bake for 15-17 minutes on a preheated oven at 450F .


Serve with your choice of gravy,or if it is a big biscuit,them split them and stuff them with your choice of stuffing.Smaller onces can be topped with mustard/cheese/butter/syrup/jelly.


These whole wheat buttermilk biscuits go to Zorra's to celebrate the World Bread Baking Day,which is today(Sorry Zorra,if I am the last entrant to this celebration,well now you can have biscuits with your favourite gravy anytime you want :D)


This American Soul Food are also going to DK's where she AWED with American Cuisine.


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