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Named by a guest, these ‘biscuits’ are easy to make and they destroy the marketing mythology that cooking and baking are difficult and one must, instead, decamp to the local store to buy the instant variety of anything because we don’t have the time or knowledge enough to cook – we must buy instead from the ‘professionals’. For us, such prepared food has too much salt – too much sugar – too many preservatives and other things which don’t belong in food. We like plain ordinary ingredients which one can quickly turn into great biscuits in five minutes of prep time.
These biscuits can be made in many versions. One can make plain biscuits for a great breakfast, dripping with butter; or one can put cinnamon, apples, onions, peanut butter, cheese, nutmeg, sugar, etc. into your own version of these biscuits and call them Theodore or JoAnn’s Biscuits. (Hi JoAnn, thanks for naming my biscuits.) Only your imagination limits the possibilities. We have been known to put everything except the kitchen sink into our biscuits and the more ingredients, the better the biscuit. Want something really special, try making these biscuits with raw, unpasteurized, unhomogenized milk. Now there is a biscuit that harkens back to the time when food was food and not a conglomeration of chemicals.
Start with one cup organic whole wheat flour in the food processor.
Add one cup organic whole wheat pastry flour
Add one teaspoon salt – or to taste
Add one teaspoon baking power
To remember the ingredients – it is biscuits with the power of one plus six. What is the six? The number of ingredients.
Turn on the processor and give it a few twirls to mix these dry ingredients.
Add one stick organic butter to the ingredients in the food processor – slice the butter to make it quicker to incorporate
Turn on the processor and let it twirl until all ingredients are mixed and it looks like tiny little balls
Add 2/3 cup milk and twirl for a quick second until the ingredients are in a kind of ball.
Use organic butter to make rounds of grease on a cookie sheet. Each round is where you will drop a biscuit.
Take a small handful of the biscuit dough and roll it lightly between your hands to form a ball. If your hands get sticky during this process, put a bit of flour on the palms of your hands and keep rolling the biscuit dough between them.
Drop the biscuit ball onto one of the greased rounds on the cookie sheet
When all are done, bake at 350 degrees until done. Maybe 10 to 15 minutes depending upon your oven.
Let them cool for a few minutes after you take them out of the oven or they will break up and you will have to eat biscuit crumbs.
These should be very light and lovely and give you about one dozen biscuits.
For variety – use organic coconut milk instead of cow’s milk – or goats milk – or almond milk – or whatever you like. We loved the coconut milk. It was a subtle taste. You knew something great was in the biscuits, but you didn’t know quite what.
To the plain biscuits, add grated cheese before baking. Grate cheese and just push a small amount into the biscuits. Top with a square of butter, sprinkle salt over the biscuits and then bake. These are super fantastic. The addition of the cheese, salt and butter takes these out of the everyday category into the universe.
To the plain biscuit dough, add a heaping tablespoon of organic ceylon cinnamon. Use organic coconut milk instead of regular cows milk. Add sugar to taste – a lot if you want sweet biscuits, a medium amount to make these ‘dressy’. Grate a bit of nutmeg into the biscuits or sprinkle the tops generously with nutmeg and sugar before baking.
Add chopped apples to the sweetened biscuits. Apples give an unexpected taste and texture to these dressed biscuits along with the coconut milk plus.
NO! ABSOLUTELY DO NOT SUBSTITUTE WHITE FLOUR FOR ORGANIC WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR. Organic Whole Wheat Flour is what gives these biscuits the taste of ones grandmother used to make. The good grandmother, who knew how to cook with solid, organically grown ingredients.
It takes, at most, five minutes to mix these biscuits and another ten to fifteen minutes to let them bake in the oven. The effort is minimal, the results are spectacular.
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