Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Whole Wheat Buttermilk Biscuits

Who doesn't love a flaky biscuit with butter and jam?? The thing is biscuits are pretty horrible for your waistline (at least my normal buttermilk biscuits are :)). This recipe is made with whole wheat flour and almost half the butter. That's awesome. And they taste great and are flaky too. All my kids gobbled them down. And the great thing is that you can make them from scratch in about 25 minutes. Yay!

Whole Wheat Buttermilk Biscuits

1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons cold butter, cut into pieces
3/4 cup low fat buttermilk
1 1/2 tablespoons honey

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a silpat mat if you have one or parchment paper.

In a food processor * combine flours, baking powder, salt, and cold butter pieces. Pulse until the mixture resembles course corn meal and sticks together when pressed with your fingers. Put this flour mixture into a bowl and place in freezer. In a smaller bowl combine buttermilk and honey and whisk until mixed.

Remove flour mixture from freezer and pour buttermilk mixture into it. Stir with a wooden spoon just until mixed. Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead 4-5 times. Using a rolling pin, roll dough into a 9x5 rectangle. Dust top with flour and fold the dough by thirds, like folding a letter to fit into an envelope. Re-roll the dough into a 9x5 rectangle, dust top with flour, and fold again like a letter. Gently roll the dough to a 3/4 inch thickness and cut with biscuit cutter to form biscuits. Press pieces of dough together gently and roll again to cut out more biscuits. In the end you get about 9 biscuits. Place biscuit dough rounds 1 inch apart on baking sheet. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until golden brown on top and bottom. Cool on biscuits on a wire rack or serve hot with butter and jam. (Once cooled these are better heated up a little in the microwave.)

*You can make these with out a food processor by cutting the cold butter into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter or a knife.

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