Monday, January 30, 2012

Ad Hoc at Home: Buttermilk Biscuits

 I grew up eating biscuits from a local corner bakery--they were soft and bland but went down easily with a pat of butter on the top. My husband grew up eating biscuits out of the pop open can. Those cans have made an occasional appearance in our home, usually after we bring home a baby and operate in survival mode. Those biscuits out of the can are not my favorite and anytime I serve them to my children I feel a little bad.  I have been on a search for the perfect biscuit recipe. I wanted something that was crunch on the outside and soft and spongy on the inside. We have tried a ton and have never found 'the one.' This morning,  I heard my man tell the boys that he was going to make biscuits. I made my way into the kitchen and took over. I don't mind him in the kitchen you see, but I know that it comes at a cost and that cost usually means cleaning up. So I prefer to do the cooking, thank you very much.

He found a recipe for buttermilk biscuits in Ad Hoc at Home by Thomas Keller and we gave it a go. My! These were the best biscuits I have ever had. They were perfect and tasty and between the five of us and some jam we ate them all up. So go make them now and follow the recipe as it is written to avoid any mistakes. I will add that I used my mixer to combine the butter into the flours and it worked out. The key is to cut the butter into tiny pieces, put the butter into the freezer for a while and then mix until just combined.

I have to tell you, we have made these every Sunday morning for the last month. MMMmmmmm.

Are you interested in giving it a go yourself? Check out Ad Hoc at Home by Thomas Keller for the recipe. 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Just delivered!

Last week, as I drove to my son's school for afternoon pick up, I caught an interview with Dori Greenspan on NPR. Mrs. Greenspan was discussing, among other things, a blog called Tuesdays with Dorie that started with one woman, Laurie and her desire to bake her way through Mrs. Greenspan's book, From My Home to Yours. Four years later and a larger circle of bakers and they had worked their way through all of the recipes. I was so excited to hear about it, but sad I missed out on an opportunity to join in until it was announced that this group of bloggers/bakers was going to give it another go with "Baking with Julia," another of Mrs. Greenspan's books. One hour later, I had ordered my book and decided that I was going to join. The book arrived today and I squealed when I looked at it. The last Tuesdays with Dorie challenge took four years! I thumbed through the book and wondered how long this will take and where this little adventure is going to take me. So here we go, I am MissyMey. I am a happy wife, a mom to three little boys and a bird dog and I like to bake.