Saturday mornings are my favourite. It feels like the reward after a long week. I can wake up a little later and go through my day at my own speed. I decided that I wanted to bake something warm and comforting to enjoy with a hot cup of tea for breakfast. So I pulled out one of my favourite cookbooks; Home Made by Yvette van Boven and decided on biscuits (a.k.a scones).
Biscuits are easy to make, delicious, and can be enjoyed with many different meals. They aren’t just reserved for breakfast. They are buttery, flakey and totally addictive and the ingredients are often already in your home which is so convenient. All you need is flour, salt, baking soda, confectioners sugar, butter and milk. Throw everything, except the milk, into a bowl or mixer, and mix until combined but still course and granular. Then add the milk and work it into a ball. Be careful not to overwork the dough and make the butter melt, you want to keep the butter at a chilled temperature, so move fast! Once you have formed a nice ball of dough, sprinkle your work surface with flour and begin to roll it out until it is 3/4 of an inch thick.
I then used a drinking glass to cut the dough with. If you have a cookie cutter, that would work too. Once you have cut out all your biscuits, lay them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Gently brush each biscuit with milk. Then pop them in the oven for 15 minutes at 400 degrees! That is it my friends!
How easy is that? I cut them in half as soon as they were hot out of the oven, slathered them with lightly salted butter and a spoonful of Tiptree raspberry seedless conserve, which happens to be my favourite jam, and enjoyed. I seriously could have eaten them all in one sitting but I stopped myself and shared them with my family, who helped me finish them all off in one day! We loved them so much and since they are so simple to make, there is no doubt in my mind that I will be making more of these soon!
“Biscuits” adapted from Home Made:
(For 8 to 10 People)
3 cups all-purpose flower
2 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
Pinch of salt
1 stick cold butter, cubed
2/3 cup milk or buttermilk, plus more for tops
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In a mixing bowl combine all the ingredients minus the milk and mix until butter and flour turn into coarse grains. Work fast so as not to melt that cold butter! Add the milk and work into a smooth ball. Prepare your countertop with a sprinkling of flour and roll the ball of dough out until it is 3/4 of an inch thick. Use a drinking glass (like I did) or a cookie cutter and cut out your biscuits. Keep reworking the dough and rolling it out until you have used up the majority of it. Place them on your lined, or greased cookie sheet and bake until done and golden brown (around 15 min.) Serve with salted butter, jam, whipped cream or clotted cream.