sometimes it's good to think inside the box. tonight, that's exactly what i did, with a few last-minute touches. i followed the recipe from a bag of gold medal self-rising flour, the very recipe that inspired me to start a biscuit challenge. they're called "extraordinary buttermilk biscuits," so i figured it was worth a shot. besides, i have a lot of buttermilk in my fridge right now, best to put it to good use.
the recipe was pretty simple, especially since self-rising flour comes with baking powder already added. i personally think that self-rising flour is a bit silly, but it was in my yellow cake recipe from the weekend, and i'm a stickler for using the correct ingredients when i start the first time.
i laid out my ingredients. it seems that people are a fan of baking their biscuits on baking sheets - i buttered the bottom of my cast iron skillets, because that's how the ladies in my family make biscuits. i followed the directions, decided to add a tsp of kosher salt to the mix as well because i like my biscuits nice and savory, and at the very end, brushed the biscuits with a wash of beaten egg, honey, a dash of cayenne pepper, and topped the biscuits with a sprinkle of kosher salt before putting in the oven.
cutting the dough - i know very well that it's not good to over-work it, and i guess i didn't because they rose nicely!
the biscuits pre-wash. i cut them with a cocktail glass, they're about two inches in diameter.
in the oven and ready to go...
bret was home and needed dinner - our fridge is kind of shy of groceries right now, save eggs, bacon, a little onion, and a bit of low fat feta cheese. i made him a dinner of buttermilk scrambled eggs in butter with onion and spices, feta cheese, and bacon stacked into two small biscuits. he loved it!
finally, because i don't have much biscuit experience, i decided to experiment and make a smashed biscuit flat bread thing. it was absolutely delicious, like a dense, flaky buttermilk pancake. i pan fried it in butter and managed to restrict myself to a total of two bites of flat biscuit and half of a regular biscuit. seamus got the rest, lucky dog. the intact leftover biscuits are coming with bret to work tomorrow.