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Bakewell Cream Biscuits

Source: Food & Wine
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Active Time:  15 Minutes
Total Time:  30 Minutes
  1 Dozen Biscuits
Bakewell Cream, a traditional New England leavening agent, makes these biscuits rise high. The unusual baking method ensures that they don't overcook, even if you forget they're in the oven for a while.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Bakewell Cream (see Note)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold vegetable shortening
1 3/4  cups buttermilk
DIRECTIONS
Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F. In a large bowl, whisk the flour with the Bakewell Cream, baking soda and salt. Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in the vegetable shortening until the mixture resembles small peas. Add the buttermilk and stir with a fork until a dough forms.


Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead 3 or 4 times. Roll out the dough 3/4 inch thick. Using a 2-inch-round biscuit cutter or glass, cut out 12 biscuits. Transfer the biscuits to a baking sheet, and bake in the bottom third of the oven for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the biscuits sit in the hot oven, without opening the door, for about 10 minutes longer, or until golden and cooked through. Transfer the biscuits to a basket and serve immediately.


NOTES: Bakewell Cream can be ordered from Apple Ledge Company (207-989-5576). You can substitute 2 teaspoons of baking powder for the Bakewell Cream and baking soda in the recipe.


Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   1 Dozen Biscuits
Calories: 242
Fat. Total: 9g
Fiber: 1g
Carbohydrates, Total: 34g
Sodium: 271mg
% Cal. from Fat: 33%
Cholesterol: 1mg
Protein: 5g
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Rating: 5
by: JaneDudley Reviewed: 10/22/2011
My Grandmother's biscuits
This is very close to my Grandmother's biscuits. She used regular milk and lard. I always let them set for about 20 minutes before baking - they are lighter that way. It's a Maine recipe!!
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