Flaky angel biscuits

Yield: 30 Servings

Measure Ingredient
\N \N About 5 cups all-purpose flour
8 teaspoons (2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons) baking powder
2 teaspoons Salt
1 teaspoon Baking soda
3 tablespoons Sugar
¼ cup Cold unsalted butter
½ cup Cold shortening
5 teaspoons Dry yeast
½ cup Warm water
1¾ cup Warm buttermilk; (up to 2)
\N \N Melted butter; (optional)

I got this recipe out of last year's Thanksgiving Food Section, and baked it again for this year. Really easy, yummy and convenient. (From the Washington Post, November 20, 1996) (Makes about 2½ dozen biscuits) A combination of leaveners--yeast, baking powder and baking soda--make these Southern biscuits extra light. Traditionally, a big batch of the dough is made and kept refrigerated. Portions, cut off as required, ensure that every meal has a basket of piping hot little breads. Incidentally, this same dough, rolled thin or simply hand-stretched, then fried up in olive oil or slapped on an open grill, produces tender/chewy, absolutely incredible flatbreads (similar to Indian naans)--great for rolling around turkey leftovers.

In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda and sugar. Cut the butter and shortening into the flour mixture until it's well distributed and the mixture is crumbly.

In a small bowl, sprinkle the dry yeast over the warm water and stir briefly. Allow to dissolve and swell. Add the yeast mixture and the warm buttermilk to the flour mixture and toss with a fork to blend and moisten, creating a soft dough.

Cover bowl and refrigerate overnight, or for as long as 2 weeks.

To bake, remove a portion of dough. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a lightly floured board, roll dough out to a thickness of 1 inch. Cut into rounds, wedges or squares with a knife or biscuit cutter. Brush generously with melted butter. Place on baking sheet and, if desired, sprinkle lightly with a bit of flour. Bake until lightly browned on top, about 12 to 15 minutes.

Per biscuit: 145 calories, 3 gm protein, 19 gm carbohydrates, 6 gm fat, 7 mg cholesterol, 2 gm saturated fat, 204 mg sodium.

Posted to Digest bread-bakers.v097.n074 by rprovanc@... on Nov 30, 1997

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