Beautiful breakfast biscuits
Have you ever had biscuits for breakfast? I hadn’t before I met Andy and got acquainted with American traditions. Marnie, Andy’s mom, makes deliciously flaky biscuits in the morning, which makes the house smells amazing. I had never tried making them myself, until this morning when I, despite my light hangover, decided to treat us to warm-and-straight-out-of-the-oven-biscuits. They were delicious and extremely easy to make! I think it took about half an hour from the time I got out of bed till we sat down at the table for breakfast. Another amazing aspect is that I usually have all the ingredients in the house so I don’t even need to plan for them in advance. The recipe is inspired by the recipe for Rolled Biscuits from The Joy of Cooking.
For a big breakfast for two you need:
2 cups/5 dl flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
5 tablespoons/75 g cold butter
3/4 cups/2 dl milk
First turn the oven to 200C/400F. In a bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Add the cold butter and cut it into the flour mix using a pastry blender or two knives (or a food processer). Cut until the lumps of butter are no bigger than small peas. Then add all the milk in one go, and mix it lightly with a spoon until the dough comes away from the sides. Transfer to a floured surface and knead it lightly, just until it holds together nicely. Then roll the dough until it is about 2/3 inch thick. I rolled mine a little thinner than that, and I found my biscuits to be too flat.
Yep, too flat (but still very delicious)! Using a round cookie cutter or a glass, cut your biscuits and transfer them to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush them with cream, milk or beaten egg and bake the biscuits for about 15 minutes, until they are lightly brown. Serve them with cold butter, marmelade or anything else that suits your fancy. I had mine with some homemade orange marmelade and they were wonderful! Note that these biscuits should be eaten on the day you bake them, preferably straight out of the oven.