Dreary Weekend Breakfast Biscuits
The husband and I woke up this weekend to some dreary weather. It did not look like it was going to be a warm or sunny day by any stretch. I don't know what prompted him, but the husband decided that it was the perfect time to make biscuits and I wasn't going to argue :-) Warm, fluffy, biscuits are the perfect accompaniment to a dreary day alongside a cup of tea and a good book. Or a day of video games which is what the husband and I actually did :-) And, although I think we ate three biscuits each yesterday, we still have about 8 left.
When you want to warm up the left over biscuits, the best way to do it (if using a microwave) is to wrap each biscuit in a wet paper towel. The wet paper towel will prevent the biscuit from getting dried out and hard. And you definitely do not want that!
2 cups flour, plus more for dusting
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons cold, unsalted vegan butter (the stick kind is easiest to use here)
1 cup almond milk (or whatever you have on hand)
Sift together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt into a large mixing bowl. Transfer the dry ingredients to a food processor. Cut the butter into pats and add to your food processor—this will be FAR easier than trying to cut in the butter by hand! Pulse the dry ingredients and butter until the butter has been incorporated. Return the mixture to your bowl and add the milk and stir with a fork until it forms a rough ball. Just don't stir too much or the biscuits will become tough and won't rise up and be all the fluffy goodness they could be.
Remove the dough from your bowl and place onto a well-floured surface; pat it down until it's about an inch thick. Now, fold the in half and gently pat it down again. Add more flour to your surface to prevent the dough from sticking if needed. Fold and re-pat your dough about 6 times. Next, drape a kitchen towel over the dough and allow it to rest for 30 minutes. Once the dough has rested, preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
While the oven is preheating, gently pat out the dough so that your dough is about an inch think again. Cut the dough into biscuits using a floured glass or cookie cutter cutter. Do not twist cutter when cutting; this crimps the edges of the biscuit and impedes its rise. Once you've gotten all your biscuits cut out you can ball up and then flatten out any dough that didn't make it on the first round of cutting.
Place your biscuits on a cookie sheet and bake until they brown on top—approximately 12 to 15 minutes. Mine actually took about 18 minutes so keep an eye on yours ;-)
These fantastic little fluffy delights are sooooo good when still warm from the oven and spread with butter and small bit of salt or spread with butter and apricot jam (or any jam you like for that matter)! I'm guessing that they would be perfect with a good helping of mushroom gravy as well!