I have made several recipes including one from a Cook’s Country Illustrated. I found theirs far too dense.
So, I checked out Allrecipes.com. This is my favorite online recipe website. With all the recipes, reviews, and modifications I can get a very good idea of what works, what doesn’t, and what needs to be tweaked. I found JP’s Big Daddy Biscuits, with 3,000 ratings!
Since I have been in the process of moving there hasn’t been a recent opportunity to bake these. But, I knew one would arrive. While moving we had some friends help us in the early morning with some horribly heavy, awkward, and annoying pieces of furniture. This was the perfect chance. When they were all done unloading the biscuits were the perfect temperature for eating!
- At discobunny’s suggestion (see comments to recipe) I used 2 teaspoons baking powder and ½ teaspoon baking soda.
- Since I was moving I didn’t have milk! I used buttermilk powder instead.
- Since I was moving I didn’t have shortening! I used butter instead.
- I did an egg wash.
When adding the liquid I added about ½ of what was remaining at a time. This helps ensure that you don’t put in too much liquid. The batter will not need the same amount of liquid each time due to humidity, temperature, and other factors.
The quest is OVER. The dough is easy to work with and roll. The flavor is spot on. And the texture is the right amount of fluffy versus structure and body. Super fabulous!
I look forward to testing this recipe: shortening, milk, milk wash, butter coating, cheese, chives, turbinado sugar on top, and the list goes on. I hope you don’t get bored reading about all the variations! 🙂