Best Biscuits Ever!

miloWe have a new puppy.  Milo.  From the first moment we saw his little floppy ears and heard about his rescue from South Carolina, we knew he was meant for us.

There have been moments since then that Darrell and I have wondered what we’ve gotten into.  I thought, for example, he was just snuggling by my feet as I checked my email last week.  Little did I know that he was quietly chewing through the power cord which, according to our local fix-it store, probably created a power surge and rendered my laptop useless.  I still have my I-phone to use but I can tell you with 54-year-old eyes using that itty bitty screen is not the same!

I suppose I’ll get my puppy savvy back.  After all, I’ve had dogs before!  But I’m out of practice.  What exactly do we do when Milo awakens us with a full “A-Rooooo” in the middle of the night?

Playing!  One of our puppy perks!

Playing! One of our puppy perks!

Eventually I know I’ll catch up on my sleep, my laptop will be up and running, and Milo will follow simple commands rather than running full speed ahead when I tell him to wait.  We’ll get there.

In the meantime I think it’s best to enjoy the fact that Milo has the longest waggiest  tail in the world, that he romps down the hall every morning to help me welcome the day, and greets everyone who comes to the door like they’re a long lost loved one.

There’s always going to be the not-so-good sprinkled in with the good. My guess is that there are few exceptions to that rule.  Since what I focus my attention on makes the difference, I’m letting go of the not-so-good and leaning into gratitude.  I am thankful for the spark of life that Milo brings to our old farmette and grateful for long pauses in my day to just play with him and laugh at his antics.

gratitudeI’m determined to start making dog biscuits for Milo, too!  How hard can they be?  In the meantime, I’m turning my attention to Thanksgiving and the BEST biscuits ever (for people!)  These are not hard to make but there are some tricks to flaky biscuits that I’ve included in the recipe so yours will turn out great, too! 

warm biscuits with butter and honey for breakfast!!!

warm biscuits with butter and honey for breakfast!!!

One of the best parts about them is that even after the big Thanksgiving feast, they make for great biscuits and gravy, are delicious warmed over in the morning with butter and a drizzle of honey, or taste great all summer long slathered in berry mash! 

Don’t forget to check out other Thanksgiving links and recipes at the bottom of the post!

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Hope to see you around the bread bowl one day soon,

Mary

Best Biscuits Ever

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

8 T butter (yes, a whole stick)

1 cup buttermilk

butter chunksMix together dry ingredients.  Cut butter into approximately 1/2 inch cubes.

Rub the butter into the dry ingredients.  The trick here is to hold the cube of butter between you two fore-fingers and your thumb and smush it flat.  It makes a little butter raft.

butter cube and what it looks like when it's been rubbed

butter cube and what it looks like when it’s been rubbed

Keep rubbing the butter but you don’t make the butter disappear into the dry ingredients.  You should see the little butter flats.

Add the buttermilk (holding back a bit of it to see if it’s needed) until the mixture just comes together.  It’s better on the dry than the wet side.  You can always sprinkle in a little extra water or buttermilk but you can’t take it out once it’s in.  Don’t knead!  The thin layers of butter are what will create steam in the oven and make them flaky.

Gently form it into a ball and flatten with your hand or rolling pin to about 1/2 an inch thick.

Look closely!  You can still see the butter blobs in the dough.  This is what will make them flaky!

Look closely! You can still see the butter blobs in the dough. This is what will make them flaky!

Use a circular cut out to form biscuits.  I have a colorful assortment of biscuit cutters but a glass will work just fine, too.

here's little Patrick!  Even  an 8 year old can make biscuits!

here’s little Patrick! Even an 8 year old can make biscuits!

Place on a greased cookie sheet or parchment.

Bake at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden.  Makes about a dozen.  Recipe can be easily doubled or halved. biscuits

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