I often concern myself with finding the world's best version of classic recipes. To me, a good recipe from a celebrated source is like visiting a famous landmark. I don't just want to eat something delicious, but I also want to share the same experience as my favorite cookbook authors, and all the other cooks who have read the same pages. Finding a classic is worth a good brow furrowing over a stack of cookbooks. There have been many trials on my quests for the best, but when I find that treasured recipe, the satisfaction is unrivaled. Better than the last piece of the puzzle. Better than finishing a crossword (Ha. That's never happened to me. I suck at crosswords.) Not quite as good as finding the morel mother load, but get real, nothing is.
Here is, in my opinion, the best buttermilk biscuit recipe. It is straight from Cook's Illustrated's The Best American Classics cookbook, one of my most dependable sources.
Makes a dozen biscuits.
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup cake flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
8 tbsp butter, chilled, cut into 1/4" cubes
1/4 cup cold buttermilk
1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat to 450 degrees.
2. Place flours, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt in large bowl. Whisk together until well combined.
3. Using a pastry blender, cut butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles a coarse meal.
4. Pour over buttermilk and mix gently with a wooden spoon until the mixture comes together to foam a shaggy dough.
5. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and quickly form into a rough ball. Be careful not to over mix.
6. Using a sharp knife or dough cutter, divide dough into quarters, then cut each quarter into thirds. Shape each piece into a rough ball and place on a cookie sheet.
7. Bake until the biscuit tops are golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Serve immediately.
I like to slice mine in half and make sausage and egg sandwiches, pictured at top.
You can find more of my favorite breakfasts in my recipe box (right sidebar).
Oh! I must ask, do you have any BEST recipes? Could you, would you share them with me, please?