"Honey, do you have any cake flour?"
Not exactly the way Rich usually starts conversations with me.
But, now that Rich has been cooking on Sunday mornings, you never know what he might ask.
Especially when he wants to make Buttermilk Biscuits! He researched, found a recipe, and read up on all kinds of flour. He then determined that he needed cake flour for his biscuits.
This past Sunday, we were treated to some of the best biscuits we'd ever had. No, he had never made biscuits before in his life. And no, he had never made any bread before for that matter. In the bread department, the most he had ever done was make a piece of toast. And he goes and turns out the perfect, flaky biscuits.
If he weren't so stinkin' cute about it all, I'd be bitter.
Cutting the biscuits
Fluffy Buttermilk Biscuits
from Pinch My Salt
1 1/4 C. cake flour
3/4 C. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1/4 C. butter, cut into small chunks
3/4 C. buttermilk
1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
2. Prepare ingredients: Cut butter into small chunks, place in a bowl and return to fridge. Measure out buttermilk and set aside. Sprinkle flour on a work surface and have extra flour nearby for your hands and biscuit cutter. Have biscuit cutter and an ungreased baking sheet handy.
3. Mix dough: In a medium-large bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt until very well blended. Add butter and cut into flour using a pastry blender, two knives or your fingertips, until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Pour in buttermilk and stir lightly until dough comes together in a ball.
4. Knead dough and cut biscuits: Dump dough mixture out onto floured work surface. With floured hands, lightly knead dough a few times until it is fairly well blended. Pat out into a circle, 3/4 – 1 inch thick. Dip cutter into flour and cut biscuits without twisting the cutter. Form the dough scraps into an extra biscuit-like shape instead of re-rolling the dough. Place cut biscuits together on the baking sheet so that the sides are touching. Brush tops with melted butter, if desired.
5. Bake biscuits: place baking sheet in the middle of a preheated 500 degree oven and bake for 8-10 minutes until they are golden brown. Remove biscuits to a wire rack to cool for a few minutes.