In Canada, Thanksgiving is literally around the corner. It sneaks up on me every year! As usual, I do not feel ready to celebrate next weekend.
What would Thanksgiving be without delicious homemade biscuits? Actually, it would have been our house a few years ago before I learned how to bake. I used to get those rolls out of a tin and ate them quite happily.
Do yourself a favour and this year for Thanksgiving make my version of Tyler Florence’s buttermilk biscuits. Here is how you make them!
In a bowl combine 2 cups flour, 1 tbsp sugar, 1 tsp salt, 2 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp baking soda. Cut in 1/2 cup of cold unsalted butter that has been cut into cubes. I like to use a pastry cutter but you can use knives. You want the butter to end up looking like coarse crumbs.
Add 3/4 cup buttermilk and quickly fold everything together with your hands. The dough should be sticky. If it is too dry, add more buttermilk (which I did).
I also added some chopped up fresh thyme and grated old cheddar cheese to the mix before bringing everything together.
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and gently fold over a few times to create layers. So smart!
Roll until 3/4″ thick. Tyler uses a 3″ biscuit cutter which I thought was quite big. I wanted smaller cuter biscuits so I used my 2″ biscuit cutter which also ensured I had more.
Put biscuits on a parchment-lined baking sheet and brush with melted butter. Bake in a preheated 400F oven and bake until golden brown. If your biscuits are 3″ you will need to bake for around 15 minutes. Mine took more like 11 minutes.
I took them out when they were just starting to get golden, just the way I like them. You could see the layers in the dough and I loved seeing the fleck of thyme and the orange hue from the cheddar.
I put the biscuits in a pretty little basket and took them to a family event and they were a big hit with everyone. Making them smaller ensured little ones could easily eat them too and this way everyone could have at least one.
So flaky and flavourful, these really are the perfect holiday biscuit for Thanksgiving this year. At least I have one recipe for the holidays that has passed the Suzie the Foodie test with flying colours.