The Most Perfect Biscuits of All Time
A couple of weekends ago, I went to a photography retreat in Virginia. At this retreat we ate the most incredible and creative food I think I’ve ever eaten. All of it made by a 100% through-and-through self-taught home cook. Even though the retreat was all about immersing ourselves in photography, I found myself enjoying my time in the kitchen the most.
Some of my favorite moments from the weekend were spent on a bar stool peeking over the counter watching the cook, Matt, roll out pasta, stir ganache, craft beautiful grilled pizzas, and talk about his favorite homemade ice cream flavors. I hovered around the kitchen all weekend (driving him insane, I’m sure) asking questions about this recipe or that, listening to him talk about how he got into cooking such great food, and quizzing him on what sorts of unique flavors he’s been inspired to use in his recipes.
It was sort of like watching magic. You could tell by the way he handled the food that it was his craft, something he is really passionate about. And I found that to be incredibly inspiring. The more time I spent with him, the more inspired and excited to get back to my own kitchen I became.
Especially after Matt rocked my world with this biscuit recipe. (It’s worth noting here, that Matt isn’t claiming this recipe as his own creative genius. He highly recommends Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Desserts, which is this recipe’s original source). I probably spent the majority of my time at the retreat talking about these biscuits… just ask anyone. They were that good.
What’s so special about this recipe?? What makes them different from my own biscuit recipe (that I posted less than two months ago, mind you)?
Well, for starters, the simplicity of the recipe. Seriously. It boggles my mind how ridiculously easy this recipe is. Unlike traditional biscuits, you actually make this in a food processor. Which means there is no overworking-the-dough anxiety (or am I the only one who suffers from that?). There is no rolling or cutting at all. You simply press the dough into a pan and then cut it into squares after it’s baked (which also means there are no scraps to worry about as a result of cutting out circle shapes).
And if that’s not enough to convince you that this is the best biscuit recipe on the planet, there’s also this…
These are by far and bar none the fluffiest, softest, silkiest (yes, I just used “silky” to describe the inside of a biscuit) that I’ve ever eaten. And not just when they’re fresh– as leftovers too!
Matt served these biscuits with cayenne spiced honey, and it was a genius pairing. Definitely give it a try! And don’t be worried about the spice– it’s very mild. It just gives the honey a delicious flavor boost.
I hope you’re as eager to try this recipe as I was! It’s absolutely a new staple and family favorite in our house. And as much as I loved my old biscuit recipe… I’m not sure I can ever go back!
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