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Subject: What is it about buttermilk biscuits that makes them so much better than regular?
I don't get it. Buttermilk biscuits rise better and come out more fluffy and breadlike than biscuits just using milk.

Here's my basic recipe.

2C flour
1/2t salt
1 stick cold butter
2T Crisco (cold)

Now, if I'm using 1C milk I add 5t baking powder.
If I'm using 1C buttermilk it's 1T baking powder and 1/4t baking soda.

It doesn't seem like that big of a difference but it sure has a big difference in results.

If you want the instructions:

Sift together dry ingredients, cut in the shortening, add the liquid, mix with a spoon until incorporated.
Pour dough out on a well floured counter and give it no more than 10 kneads, flatten into a 1/2 inch high circle,
cut into rounds using a biscuit cutter. Bake at 425 in a convection oven for 12 minutes, 15 in a regular oven.

 

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Subject: What is it about buttermilk biscuits that makes them so much better than regular?
I just made buttermilk bicuits for the first time this morning. I used Alton Brown's recipe. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/southern-biscuits-recipe/index.html They were delicous...soft and flakey. Yum. I guess I am going to have to keep a supply of buttermilk around now.

 

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Subject: What is it about buttermilk biscuits that makes them so much better than regular?
Alton's recipe is awesome.

 

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Subject: What is it about buttermilk biscuits that makes them so much better than regular?
its the buttermilk itself that makes them so good and different.

 

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Subject: What is it about buttermilk biscuits that makes them so much better than regular?
-Foxy- posted:
its the buttermilk itself that makes them so good and different.

Yep, it's got to be something different about buttermilk.

It's thicker and acidic. Soak chicken in it overnight for YUMMIE fried chicken.

Amazing stuff

 

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Subject: What is it about buttermilk biscuits that makes them so much better than regular?
buttermilk has active bacteria in it

 

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Subject: What is it about buttermilk biscuits that makes them so much better than regular?
Yeah, I wonder if that's it.

 

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