I’ve said many times before that I’m no baker. I like to blame it on the science (too much measuring! no flexibility!) but it’s really because I’m not careful enough. I think improvisation is the key to making recipes your own and I don’t know enough about baking to be able to do that.
However, last Thanksgiving I thought I’d take a shot at biscuits. I had successfully made chive biscuits for a chicken pot pie casserole and thought these would be just as foolproof. I followed Smitten Kitchen’s recipe for Jalapeno Cheddar Biscuits to the tee except for two major details:
I doubled the recipe, and tried to make a brand new recipe for a gathering.
That was enough to do me in as a professional butcher, baker, or candlestick maker. Here they are before baking – looking good, right?
Well, something went wrong within the doubling and they refused to rise. I was left with cheddar wafers instead of biscuits. Ironically, the wafers were delicious, but not something I could serve to 20 family members on the Thanksgiving dinner table.
I took my time, measuring precisely and really working the cold butter into the flour mixture. I used plenty of flour (this dough is sticky!) and didn’t try to multitask by cleaning as I went, like I usually do.
I also used a heart-shaped cookie cutter, which means I couldn’t go wrong.
And the result? Turns out, I can bake, if I put my mind to it.
These not only looked but tasted like biscuits. Topped with a dollop of butter, these were eaten before I could even exclaim their greatness.
Good thing I photographed before my first bite!
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