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J.P.'s Big Daddy Biscuits
August 17, 2011

This is a good basic biscuit recipe minus the sugar - adding sugar makes a biscuit a scone. I've been making biscuits every AM for 30+ years and I've found that it's really the techniques that make a good biscuit. Here's are my tried and true tips - 1)COLD, COLD, COLD ingredients and HOT, HOT, HOT oven (450 or 500) 2) After adding the milk, stir just until it mostly comes together. DO NOT KNEAD! Just turn the dough out and pat it into the thickness you desire. Overworking makes a very tough biscuit 3) Use a sharp biscuit cutter and don't twist it as you cut. This seals the edges and doesn't allow the biscuits to rise as much. Try to avoid using an improvised cutter as the edges may not be sharp enough. 4) I bake mine in a cast iron skillet with lots of melted butter. I throw a couple of TBL of butter in the skillet and place in the oven while it's pre-heating just until melted (not browned). I then place the biscuit top side done in the butter and flip it so the whole thing is covered. 5) Place biscuits so they're touching for high risers that are not browned on the sides, or slightly apart for less of a rise but browned sides. 12 min at 450 will yield a very tender, moist biscuit with the perfect little crunch on top and bottom. Yummmm.

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