I’ve made biscuits a couple of times with Tuesdays with Dorie and I can’t say that they are the best success for me. I have to say that this was also the case with this round of Tuesdays with Dorie. These are the most basic biscuit: flour, sugar, shortening, baking powder, milk. Really simple. They don’t take any time to put together. You can find the recipe for these biscuits with a web search, and you can also check out the links from the other Tuesdays with Dorie bloggers on the TWD site.
These took maybe 25 minutes to make these from start to finish. You mix them by hand, literally, and a fork so not too many dishes to wash. I always take the utmost care to not over work the dough, to be gentle when cutting in the fat and I always end up with flat biscuits. I’m not sure what I could do differently! They taste fine but they just don’t look that great.
I’ve read tons of tips of what would make my biscuits rise, but nothing seems to make a difference. I think if I used a straight sided cutter it could help, but my 2-inch cutter has crimped sides. I don’t know. I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I will probably never have the knack of making wonderful biscuits. At least I don’t live in the south!
Recipe from Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan, pages 211-212