Monday, February 14, 2011
Corny? Yep. But hey, it's Valentine's Day. And you can whip these up in no time at all ... and make your loved ones feel *extra* special!
Sweetheart Baking Powder Biscuits
makes ~8 large biscuits
adapted from Mollie Katzen's Still Life With Menu
The time15 min prep + 12-15 min baking
1 1/2 c white spelt flour
1 1/2 c wholemeal spelt flour
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 Tbs baking powder
6 Tbs cold butter, cut into small cubes
3/4 c milk + 1 1/2 tsp vinegar*
*or just use that milk that's hit its use-by date and is starting to sour. Perfect way to prevent wasting it!
**It's ok to use regular wheat flours if you don't have spelt on-hand. But I recommend giving it a try! Spelt's got a lovely, soft quality that makes for beautiful baking.
***As always, use organic ingredients when you can
1. Preheat the oven to 200C (400F).
2. Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the butter, and use a food processor or blender or forks to combine the butter with the dry ingredients until it's all got the texture of bread crumbs.
3. Add the milk and mix.
4. Knead the dough on the benchtop until it holds together nicely, then roll it into a long cylinder.
5. Cut 4-cm (1.5") slices out of the dough and put them on a baking-paper lined baking sheet. At this point, the biscuits will still be round ... so use your fingers or a knife to shape them into heart shapes.
6. Bake for 12-15 min, or until lightly golden. Remove from the oven and cool on a rack, before serving them up with butter or cream and a red berry jam.
This is thrifty happiness at its best! Even using spelt flours (which are a little more expensive than wheat), this lovely breakfast will only cost you $5 or so.
And, it's been awhile - but here's a Dish of the Day! Well, actually, a tablecloth of the day ... one my mother-in-law found for me for $0.05 at the thrift shop. A nice, simple way to dress up a table.
For a special breakfast, perhaps?
Have a good one, whatever day it is!