So it’s time to reveal this month’s Daring Baker’s Challenge!  If you remember, back in November I shared this very challenging cake with you and explained a little bit about the Daring Bakers.

This month’s challenge was much more manageable and so easy and fun to make.  Who doesn’t love a good biscuit?  Or scone as they are referred to in other parts of the world.  Sure, they only have a few ingredients and are relatively simple to make, but ask anyone who has failed at attempting to make biscuits and they will tell you that just a few too many kneads or not using the ingredients at the right temperature and you may end up with hard, unappetizing biscuits that resemble hockey pucks more than you would actually like to admit.

But with a few helpful tips and fresh ingredients, you can make light, tall and flakey biscuits in literally just a few minutes.  Before you know it, you will be smearing a warm and tender biscuit with honey, butter or whatever your little heart desires.

Audax Artifex was our January 2012 Daring Bakers’ host. Aud worked tirelessly to master light and fluffy scones (a/k/a biscuits) to help us create delicious and perfect batches in our own kitchens!

Tips for making successful biscuits:

  • Butter and milk must be cold because the chunks of butter are what result in a flakey biscuit (and we want flakey biscuits)
  • Dough must not be overworked or your scones will be hard hockey pucks
  • Make sure your ingredients are fresh and more specifically your baking powder.  How to tell if baking powder is fresh?  Add a 1/2 tsp of baking powder to warm water and it should bubble.  What about baking soda?  Add the same amount to some vinegar and again look for bubbles.  No bubbles=time for new leavening agents!

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 combine dry ingredients and sift together

cut in cold butter until looks like tiny peas (coarse meal)

mix in milk

pour dough out onto lightly floured surface and knead minimally

flatten out dough to about 3/4 thick and cut biscuits

bake

What would you like to slather onto one of these tender,  flakey biscuits?

 

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10 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 6:27 pm

    Love the heart shapes, and I love biscuits! Now I need to make a batch so I can open the jar of pomegranate jelly that my neighbor gave me at Christmas.

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    • Mercedes
      Jan 27, 2012 @ 10:02 pm

      OOOOH pomegranate jelly sounds fantastic! And I think it would be perfect with these biscuits!

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  2. Anna
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 2:25 am

    The tips are so helpful! I feel I am ready to start baking these simple yet, delicious treats! Love the heart shaped cutters!

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    • Mercedes
      Jan 28, 2012 @ 9:22 am

      Thank you Anna! The heart-shaped cutter was fun and I really just didn’t have a circular one! These biscuits really are so easy and I hope the tips help!

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  3. Valerie
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 7:26 am

    Your biscuits look perfect. (Love all those layers!) Thanks for sharing all those helpful tips! My biscuits almost always end up as hockey pucks. 😛

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    • Mercedes
      Jan 28, 2012 @ 9:23 am

      This recipe really is so easy and if you follow those few tips, you will have flakey layers too! Thanks Valerie!

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  4. Erika - The Teenage Taste
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    Awww, these biscuits are so cute! Love the heart shapes!

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    • Mercedes
      Jan 28, 2012 @ 9:23 am

      Thanks Erika! I really didn’t have a circular cutter, but of course I wasn’t very disappointed to have to make hearts!

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  5. Anna @ hiddenponies
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 1:56 am

    Beautiful biscuits, I love that you changed it up with a heart shape!

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  6. Liz
    Feb 01, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

    These biscuits are so cute! I may need to dig out my cookie cutters for a savory Valentine’s Day batch! Fun baking with you for this challenge!

    Reply

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