This is another recipe from The Newlywed Kitchen Cookbook. Last weekend, I started on "The Morning After" section which consists of scones, biscuits & other brunch goodies. I got to say it was really hard deciding which recipes to make out of this section. So hard, that I am doing three instead of two which I had planned. There are still a couple more I would like to go back and try. I usually do one recipe a weekend but since I'm doing three, I decided to do two of them over the weekend. I will save the other one for tomorrow's blog post.
I don't think I've ever made homemade biscuits before. I have decided that I really should get a pastry blender. It would have been a lot easier. Instead I used a fork to cut the butter into the flour. Using two knives was the alternative given in the recipe but I found it to be too awkward and seems like it would have taken a long time. I suppose I could have used a food processor but didn't really think about it at the time so a fork worked out ok.
I wasn't really sure what the consistency of the dough should be but when all the ingredients were mixed together I knew it was to dry because it just wouldn't even form a ball or stick together so I added a bit more buttermilk until the dough would come together and form a ball. I didn't use a circle cutter to form the biscuits but instead just loosely formed balls with my hands and flatted them on the cookie sheet which is why the biscuits ended up not coming out perfectly round like the ones pictured in the cookbook. I also just realized there is a photo of the dough which looks a lot more moist than the dough I ended up with so I probably could have added even more buttermilk.
I think this is the first recipe I've done that had a photo of it in the cookbook and I think it is very helpful, especially for this recipe so you know what the dough should look like. It may have been helpful to mention in the recipe to either add more milk or flour if needed. It was obvious to me to do that but may not be to others.
The biscuits ended up coming out pretty well however, I didn't really taste the dill much. I probably could have used a bit more of it. Since mine were a bit more dry, eating them with some butter made them just right. We had some eggs with some of the left over diced ham with them for breakfast.