Butter Cream Biscuits Recipe

Yummy to the tummy….

Buttermilk Biscuits

2 cups self-rising flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold (!!), cut into very small chunks
1 cup buttermilk

Butter Cream Biscuits

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. Sift dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
3. “Snap” the butter into your flour mixture. Literally pick up the small chunks of flour covered butter and snap them between your fingers. This will flatten each little piece of butter but keep the butter “in tact” so you will be able to taste it in your biscuits. Don’t try to cream the butter into your dough. You can see the butter in my dough in the picture above.
4. Add buttermilk until it’s just combined. Do not over mix. Dough should be very sticky.
5. Turn dough out onto a floured dough board and gently press it to 1/2″ thick. Do not use rolling pin. It should be lumpy and bumpy! Fold the dough in half and gently press it together again (don’t press together too much…that “fold” is what makes them easy to split open once they’re baked!). Fold it in half one of more time and press it out to 1″ thick.
6. Using a biscuit cutter, cut into rounds.
7. You can use the scraps but they will not be nearly as good as the original biscuits.
8. Place biscuits on a cookie sheet- if you want soft sides and “taller” biscuits, make all of the sides touch on the baking sheet. If you want “crunchy” edges, don’t let them touch.
9. Bake approximately 10 minutes until golden brown.

Home is where the heart is

I obviously baked mine without the sides touching which is why they aren’t as tall as you’re probably used to seeing them. The insides are still incredibly fluffy and perfect, they just have a nice “crust” on the outside which I personally love.

I love biscuits and honey…especially this honey from the Blue Ridge Mountains. I swear the taste better if the honey is dripping down between your fingers.

Some people swear that White Lily flour is far superior to any other type of flour…it’s all I’ve ever used because that’s what my grandma uses. It’s what I grab when I’m at the grocery store just like people who prefer Heinz over Hunts…or Duke’s (or Blue Plate!) over Kraft. Whether it’s really better…well, you be the judge of that. 🙂

ETA: There was a question about using self-rising flour opposed to the all-purpose flour I had originally listed in the recipe. I used self-rising which is what I pretty much use for everything. I have a special seasoned flour I use to frying things so nearly everything else I bake would only benefit from the leavening and salt in the self-rising flour. Sorry for the confusion. 😉

Busy Wedding Planning

So..it’s been a little while. December is such a crazy month. I know it is for everyone. On top of the holidays, it’s my busiest month for work so I decided that I would put off wedding planning until January. I think before we were engaged, I expected that I would love wedding planning. I have always loved looking at pictures of other weddings so why wouldn’t I love planning our own? Well. Hah! First of all there is that little thing called a budget. I would suspect that wedding planning is a breeze is you have an unlimited budget but we do not. And then I’ve found myself really just not caring about a lot of stuff. I’ve asked Todd approximately 15 times if we can just elope. I even found a great elopement package at the Old Edwards Inn but he wasn’t having any of that so onward we will go.

I’m a pretty decisive person- I know what I like, I pick it and then move on to the next thing so I’ve got a great deal of the wedding details already planned out in my head. We are going to look at the venue at the end of the month and hopefully pick a date while we are there. I haven’t decided how much I will share beforehand but I will tell you, we’ve got about 10 months to plan, and it will be in a state that neither of us are from. THAT I am excited about! I’ve already picked out bridesmaids dresses (although I haven’t formally asked my bridesmaids yet) and their gifts, all of my accessories, and the reception and ceremony decor. I’ve contacted a caterer with menu ideas and requested a proposal and requested a proof for invitations.

There are certain things though that have made me roll my eyes. I found invitations that I liked online so I requested a sample. Then the next day I went into a local paper store to see what they had- I like to shop at local stores so if they had something and their prices are good, I’d go with them. Well, as I was going through the details with the girl in the shop I asked her “can’t I just put our wedding website on the invitation?” She about fell out of her chair. I mean REALLY. You want me to pay an extra $1.50 for an enclosure card just for a website? That’s almost an extra $200 for a 2 inch piece of paper. “Well, you want your invitations to be timeless.” Listen sister. It’s going to hang on someone’s fridge for a few months and then it’s going in the trash. We might have a picture of it in an album somewhere and we might look at it a total of 4 times in the next 30 years. And is the internet going somewhere? Are URLs going to be outdated? Maybe I should get one of those little scanny squares instead and then they can just scan it with their phone to find out wedding details. I’m just going to apologize ahead of time, if you get an invite and it has a URL on it, I’m sorry for being so tacky.

I’ve been emailing back and forth with my friend Kristen a bunch and one thing she told me that has really stuck is “no one is going to care about the chairs, napkins, and china. Just get a pretty dress and a great photographer.” It seems so obvious but when you get sucked into the wedding monster, it’s easy to forget. The last wedding Todd and I went to was in Asheville- I cannot tell you what the napkins looked like, I can’t remember whether they had white chairs, gold chivari chairs, or if they used real china. I remember that their venue was beautiful, the bride was stunning, and they had like 6 different kinds of really, really good cakes.

If I disappear for a few weeks, it’s because Todd finally gave into my elopement pressure.