Monday, February 1, 2010

Biscuit research 1

Emeril made buttermilk biscuits on his show on FNL tonight. I was working late, but DH called me in to watch. First, Emeril used butter instead of shortening. My instinct was to use butter, but I had committed to the Fanny Farmer recipe that used shortening, and didn't have the time to look at a bunch of recipes. I had hoped to figure out what "knead 14 times" might really mean, but he didn't knead at all, minimizing contact with the dough. I am thinking this is the way to go. Emeril started combining the flour and butter with a fork before switching to using his hands, then poured in the buttermilk and mixed it with his hands just enough to combine the ingredients. The dough was pressed to about a 3/4 inch thickness (as opposed to FF's 1/4 inch) and cut into 2 1/2 inch rounds, brushed with butter, and baked at a higher temp than I baked mine. I looked online to try to find the buttermilk biscuit recipe he was making, but no go.

I am thinking I need Alton Brown...

1 comment:

JGH said...

Interesting that he used butter! I'm always interested in trying new biscuit recipes. Most recent one I tried used no solid shortening -- just heavy cream. Not too bad...