If you want to make your own baking powder, the formula is very simple: Combine 1/4 cup cream of tartar with 2 tablespoons baking soda, and sift the two together three times. Store the powder in a tightly sealed container away from sunlight. When cutting out biscuits, dont twist cutter; cut straight through dough to work surface. This recipe makes 8 biscuits.
- 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 1 Tbs. baking powder, preferably homemade (see above)
- 1 tsp. salt
- 4 Tbs. cold, unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
Preheat oven to 450F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside.
Put flour, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl, and whisk to mix. Using fingers or 2 forks, quickly work butter into flour until it is the texture of oatmeal with some larger lumps remaining. Make a well in center of flour, and pour in cream. Stir just until blended.
Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface, and knead briefly but strongly, for 6 or 7 strokes. Roll out dough to a thickness of 1/2 inch. Using a floured fork, prick surface of dough all over at 1-inch intervals, taking care that fork goes through dough.
Using a 3-inch biscuit cutter, stamp out dough. Place biscuits close together on baking sheet.
Bake in center of oven for 8 to 12 minutes, or until biscuits are crusty and are a rich golden brown. Remove from oven, and serve.
- Calories: 240
- Carbohydrate Content: 25 g
- Cholesterol Content: 45 mg
- Fat Content: 14 g
- Protein Content: 4 g
- Saturated Fat Content: 9 g
- Sodium Content: 480 mg
- Sugar Content: 1 g