By Red Apple Guy on October 03, 2006
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Photo by Red Apple Guy
"This isn't so much a recipe as my technique I learned many years ago. I come from a long line of bad-biscuit makers and I was determined to overcome it. In fact, my Mom was famous for her "Don't Go Near The Water Biscuits." The break came when I tried drop biscuits. That was the last time I ever made them because I learned the secret to consistent quality: moisture control. I then learned that fat plays an important but minor role. You can even make okay biscuits without it, but the outside will be crusty and character is lacking....but the type of fat used is not important. I then switched to oil. It's healthier and much easier. But you can cut in shortening or butter if you wish. Below is a variation on just one recipe. Many will work, just increase the liquid. Wet dough in the mixing bowl (similar to drop biscuits) is the real secret."
Serving Size: 1 (569 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
"My mom, and grandmother before her, have been using this method to make buttermilk biscuits for years. They've never added baking soda, but the biscuits always rise beautifully with just the self-rising flour, oil and buttermilk. It's nice to see the measurements instead of always hearing... "just eyeball it". :-)"
"I am not a biscuit person at all, that said, I really liked how these turned out! Just about every biscuit i've ever made has been a dry, tasteless, hockey puck. But these were moist and fluffy. I followed the directions using powdered buttermilk but I forgot the extra baking soda and they turned out fine. The dough was so wet i was worried when i turned it out on my board, but i used lots of flour and barely worked it before cutting them out. i forgot to melt the butter before pulling them out of the oven and i was in a rush, so i just used some butter spray for the tops. It worked fine but I'll bet melted butter would be even better. These are by far the best biscuits i've made, and i'll definitely be making them often. I just can't believe i'd ever say that about biscuits!"
"Exactly right...perfect with my beef stew. Entire family asked when I will make these again...didn't ask when I would make the stew again however Ãœ"
"I just made these as a midnight breakfast for my son and his friend. They want more-what else needs to be said!"
"I have used this recipe twice now and each time the biscuits get better!!! Thank you for taking the time to explain in detail how you make them, wonderful tips :)"
"I just made these biscuits for breakfast for my husband and he loved them! So simple and easy! I will definitely be using this technique again. We put butter and honey on them and they were delicious!"
"These were good and fun to make with my 2 1/2 year old, but mine were over-cooked at 12 minutes on 425 in the convection. I had to make my own self-rising flour using a recipe on Zaar, so I'm not sure if that was why? No matter, they're still good! We cut them into heart shapes - very cute. Thanks for the fun recipe and great afternoon with my toddler :)"
"The best instructions I've ever read for biscuits, THANKS!! I followed the directions and I've never been so excited over a bicuit before. No more mini frizbees, disks or flour puffs for me, I've got this, now!! It's all in the wet dough."
"Red Apple Guy these biscuits (or the tips) rock. I had saved this recipe some time ago to try but didn't get around to it until yesterday. The were so quick, easy and tasted great. Soft and fluffy on the inside and a great accompany to our breakfast. I was so pleased and thanks to you DH can't stop complimenting me on my new biscuit skills. I followed the directions exactly, was a little nervous at the "wet" dough, but they turned out great."
"These biscuits are just fantastic! They are just like what my mom always made when I was home. Tender and fluffy. Thanks for posting this staple recipe."
"You are right on the money honey!"
"Just the biscuit recipe I was looking for. I took your advice not to work the dough any more than necessary, and I had the fluffiest biscuits ever. Thanks!"
"They are very nice indeed! This was my 1st time in making biscuits and have to confess though - my 1st batch was a complete disaster. I think I overworked with the dough and they didn't rise all and ended up in the bin. Thankfully was successful in my 2nd attempt!! I used butter instead of oil. They turned out light and fluffy. Thank you, Red Apple Guy! Made for PAC '07."
"For the reviewer that was concerned about the amount of leavening....self-rising flour contains flour & baking powder! :) That's why its called self-rising!"
"Yum. These were moist and tender. I used half butter and half oil. I was leary to make them because they didn't have alot of leavening agent in them . They were the easist biscuits I have ever made and will be my favorite recipe now. Thanks Red Apple!"