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Feb 25, 2014

Perfectly Fluffy Vegan Biscuits

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Biscuits are serious business in our house. We love them plain, jammed, gravied, (vegan) buttered, hot, cold, fresh, sandwiched, etc. The crunchy top and fluffy insides are satisfying enough to lull you to sleep. That's a particular brand of comfort.

Some people drop their biscuits while others pop them out of a tube. In this home, we pat, fold, pat, and cut. The beauty of this recipe is in that technique. You could drop them, but you'll be missing out on the flakey fluff that makes a biscuit great.

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I've posted variations of these biscuits, but here is the untouched recipe. Bare and perfect.

Perfectly Fluffy Vegan Biscuits
Adapted from Cream Biscuits from The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters
Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons Earth Balance (vegan margarine), cut into  medium sized pieces
  • 3/4 cup non-dairy milk
Directions:
1. Preheat your oven to 400. In a medium bowl combine the flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder. 

2. With your fingers or a pastry cutter cut in the Earth Balance pieces until they are the size of peas.

3. Take 1 tablespoon of milk out of the 3/4 cup and set it aside. Pour the rest of the milk over the flour and stir gently with a spatula until it comes together.

4. Pour the dough onto a floured surface and gently knead it a few times until it's not super sticky. Pat it out gently to 1" thick. Fold the dough over itself and pat it out to 1" thick again. Repeat twice to fold 3 times. This needs to be done very gently! Pat it like you're playing patty cake with a baby. No smooshing. After the third fold pat the dough to 3/4" thick, and cut out your biscuits. Don't forget to pat together your scraps to get 1 or 2 more! Repeat until you're out of dough. With a normal sized cutter (2-2 1/2 inches) I get 8. 

5. Brush the biscuits with the remaining tablespoon of milk. Bake for 15-17 minutes until the tops are golden.

- For the best results make sure your ingredients are very cold. Consider combining the dry ingredients and placing them in the freezer for 30 minutes before adding the Earth Balance. I store my baking ingredients in the freezer so they're always ready.

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