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Cooking with kids: buttermilk biscuits

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Did you know biscuits are said to have first appeared 10,000 years ago in China, where dry rice pies with sesame and fruits were made?

Other stories mention that the Assyrians prepared thin rusks made of barley and wheat dough, which they then placed in clay vases and baked on embers. Thousands of years later, depictions of worker’s stirring an oven’s fire in which biscuits are being baked were found in an Egyptian tomb dating back to 2,500 B.C.

Either way, biscuits have long been a staple of the southern diet. When growing up, it was not unusual for my family to have biscuits at every meal – morning, noon and night. We’d even use them sometimes in lieu of cake when having strawberry shortcake – cutting the biscuits in half, pouring strawberries and juice over them and then adding a healthy dollop of whipped or vanilla ice cream.

This recipe for buttermilk biscuits is a fun one to make with kids. Have butter and jam ready so you can share them hot out of the oven.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ cups cake
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, cold & cut into chunks

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder and baking soda.
  3. Cut in the butter until mixture looks like coarse crumbs.
  4. Quickly add butter milk to the flour mixture.
  5. Mix only until it all comes together.
  6. Remove dough to a floured work surface. Put some flour on your hands and lightly knead the dough until it is uniform looking.
  7. Pat (don’t roll) the dough out to about 3/4” thickness. Flour your cutter and cut biscuits without turning it.
  8. Place biscuits onto baking sheet.
  9. Gently form the scraps into little biscuits. Place on baking sheets.
  10. Bake biscuits for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.

Makes 6.

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