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Using my simple sour cream method, these biscuits prove that it's possible to make a quick and easy bread anytime. I couldn't choose between these two variations so I erred on the side of variety. You can alway make one or the other as you please, just double the ingredients in that section. And if you're making the other recipes in this brunch you will already have most of the ingredients.
1 cup all purpose flour (120 grams)*
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder (7 grams)**
1/2 tsp salt (5 grams)
1/4 cup salted butter (55 grams), melted
3/8 cup sour cream (90 grams)
A small handful of sautéed baby spinach
1/4 cup of toasted and chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
3/8 cup sour cream (90 grams)
4 fresh garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp water
1/2 ounce of Parmigiano Reggiano, grated
Preheat your oven to 400°F, or 375°F if you have a convection oven, and position a rack in the middle. Grease a half sheet pan with butter or cooking spray.
Sift together the dry ingredients in a large bowl. If you really want to save time and make biscuits often I recommend having self-rising flour on hand. In this case just measure out a cup :)
Drizzle the butter over the flour and mix gently with a spatula. Divide evenly between two bowls.
Mix the remaining ingredients together and add them to each bowl. Mix until just incorporated, but don't over mix. The idea is to minimize gluten activation so you end up with a more tender rather than chewy biscuit.
Using a spatula scoop blobs onto the sheet pan, leaving about 2" between the biscuits and from the sides of the pan.
Bake for 12-15 minutes (ovens vary a bit), until golden brown on top. Cool briefly and serve warm. I like to serve to serve these with honey butter made with Aleppo pepper. Just mix half a stick of softened butter with 1 Tbsp honey and 1/2 tsp Aleppo.
* If you can find it, a lower protein soft winter wheat flour makes a more tender biscuit. If you make biscuits all the time (you might after trying this recipe), you can even buy self rising flour that has the baking powder and salt mixed in already. A classic Southern one is White Lily.
** If you don't have baking powder you can make it by mixing 2 parts cream of tartar and 1 part baking soda. I recommend making only what you will use immediately as it will deteriorate over time
• Try serving them with a bit of Mishimish syrup (optionally with a bit of Urfa added) from this recipe.
• You can bake the biscuits more tightly together in a small cast iron pan. Grease the pan and space the 6 biscuits about 1/2 inch apart from one another. I like to brush the top with a bit of melted butter to aid browning. They will rise a bit more.
• For a flakier biscuit shred the butter using a box grater instead of melting it. You'll get a bit more of a layered texture like you do in puff pastry.
Food images and recipe © Christian Leue
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