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!
Soon after joining Daring Bakers, I knew that Audax was my baking hero. Her His know-how is endless and she he is so lovely and helpful to all of us with her his tips, hints and delicious photos. When she he selected biscuits, I was thankful for a bit of a break, but understood that it was still a challenge. I’ve been baking (or trying to bake) biscuits for as long as I have been allowed to use the stove by myself and not until the past few years could I make anything other than a hard flavourless rock. Until you have the feel for them, biscuits can be tricky!
I love the basic and small recipe we were given to use. It has endless variations, but is a perfect biscuit all by itself as written. I had excellent results with this recipe all month long and hope that you will too.
Aud’s Basic Biscuits (as I made them)
140g all-purpose flour (just go buy one if you don’t have one… my baking has improved so much since I started weighing ingredients… especially for cakes)
2 tsp baking powder
30g salted butter, cold and grated (on unsalted with a pinch of salt)
1/2 cup 2% milk
Sift together the flour and baking powder twice (this adds lift to the biscuits). Add in the grated butter and using your fingers, mix to cover all of the butter with flour. Add the milk all at once and bring together to just form a dough. Empty on to lightly floured board and knead lightly 4 to 5 times, bringing the dough together into a round disc shape. Flatten the disc to about 1 inch thick and cut with a sharp knife into 6 pie-shaped wedges. Place on an ungreased baking sheet, sprinkle the tops with flour and bake in a preheated 475 degree oven for 10 minutes.
These are best fresh out of the oven with butter (and jam!), great when cooled, but I’m sorry, as usual, I have no idea how they taste the next day *burp*.
Edited to correct my somewhat sexist assumption that Audex was a gal…oops! *blush*