Last Minute Biscuits

Most of the time I know whether or not I am going to write about a recipe before I ever start cooking or baking. In my kitchen, there are “blog recipes” that I have given a lot of thought and consideration (and taken time to photograph!) and then there are the dishes that I whip up for lunch or dinner when I just need to get something on the table. Sometimes it’s nice to just put down the camera and cook.

I made these biscuits for lunch on a rainy day last week. When I started mixing up the dough, based on an old hand-written recipe I have from my mom, I had no intentions of writing about the biscuits. I just wanted something warm to go along with the not-too-interesting salad I was planning to eat for lunch.

As the oven was preheating, I quickly mixed up the dry ingredients, cut in the butter, and patted the dough out onto my flour dusted cutting board. As I was about to start cutting the biscuits, though, I was suddenly struck with some inspiration. It was a dreary day, but I loved the way the dim light was hitting the biscuit dough.

This time of year, I often find that I have trouble getting inspired to photograph new recipes. The sun sets in the late afternoon, and the natural light for bright and cheery food photos can be hard to find. But, I decided to embrace it. Instead of trying to turn my food into something it’s not, I embraced it for what it was. I was baking biscuits on a chilly, dreary day. My photos are full of harsh shadows and dim lighting. But, I think that’s what I liked about them.

Sometimes bright and cheery just doesn’t quite capture the whole story behind a dish.

Whole Wheat Baking Powder Biscuits
(Makes approximately 15 biscuits)

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter
  • 6 ounces Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with a silicon liner or parchment and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut the butter into small chunks and use a pastry blender (or your fingers) to cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles wet sand with small pea-sized pieces of butter mixed in.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the yogurt, 1/2 cup of milk, and honey.  Add to the mixing bowl, and toss gently to combine until the dough comes together.  Add additional milk one tablespoon at a time, if necessary, adding just enough to create a dough.

Pat the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and use a round cookie cutter to cut out biscuits. Place the biscuits on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 12 – 15 minutes, until golden. Serve warm.

9 Responses to Last Minute Biscuits

  1. I love the photos, and have been having the same trouble with winter light! Perhaps I, too, will embrace the light! I think your photos above have a lovely, nostalgic feel…

    The biscuits looks amazing. There’s nothing (in my mind) that beats an old-fashioned biscuit recipe.

  2. Jen, I love these photos too. And now I want a biscuit.

  3. Jen, I love that you aren’t fighting the fall light.

  4. Kita says:

    I was just thinking I need to add some biscuits to the menu next week!

  5. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    These biscuits look delicious! I agree about the lighting this time of the year. I have been home for a few days and not one picture has been taken. If only it would stop raining…

  6. I completely understand where you are coming from with the lack of light! However, I find that sometimes those moody, sullen photos are some of my absolute faves. Your biscuits and photos are both beautiful.

  7. I love these pics Jen and they are proof that you don’t need amazing light to take beautiful photos!

  8. I think the biscuits look lovely and ‘real.’ This is a journey of your baking and cooking experience and sometimes out of the dreariest days come a wonderful biscuit; there is nothing dreary in that Jen!

  9. Paula says:

    Sometimes I think too much emphasis is put on the perfect picture, the perfect post when in reality just photographing and writing about what you are doing as it is happening makes for the best *true-life* reads. Great post Jen and the biscuits…who cares if the sun isn’t bright outside when such loveliness is created inside.

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