Thursday, 30 June 2011

Mile High Club

Get your mind out the gutter! I'm not talking about anything to do with an airplane.

I'm talking about big flaky biscuits - Mile High Biscuits to be exact!

These biscuits are the best I've ever had and they're so easy to make that you'll be whipping up a batch every now and again for dessert, tea, breakfast, and just because you can.

I bet they'd be delicious with some raisins thrown in and a little cinnamon sprinkled on top, but recently I made them plain to let the berry of the season sing.

And the berry of the season?

Strawberries of course!

If you've ever picked fresh strawberries before, you know very well that they don't last as well as trucked in store bought berries.

Freshly picked local berries seem to continue ripening on the drive home, right before your eyes.  And if you blink they already seem more red, more plump, and even more ready to eat.

So I've had to make quite a lot of strawberry themed desserts in the last week to make sure that a single berry didn't go to waste.

And eating all those treats was a huge hardship, as I am sure you can imagine. :)

Now here's my recipe for the biscuits.

Mile High Biscuits and Strawberry Shortcake

2 cups all purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
1 egg
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 cup of whipped cream
2 tablespoons fresh mint, finely chopped
2 cups fresh strawberries, top cut off and halved

1. Start by preheating your oven to 450 degrees.

2. Then combine your flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt with a whisk in a large bowl.

3. Next cut in your shortening.

4. Combine your egg and buttermilk in a small bowl and then add this to your flour mixture.

5. Stir the dough together and then empty your dough onto a floured countertop and knead about 10 times.

6. Form your dough into a long rectangle and cut it into 12 even pieces.

7. Bake at 450 degrees for 10 - 12 minutes or until the biscuits rise a mile high and begin to turn brown.

8. Let your biscuits cool for a bit as you prepare your whipped cream, berries, and mint.

9. Finally halve a biscuit on a plate, top it with some whipped cream, berries, and mint. Cover with the other half of your biscuit and enjoy!

Just remember, once you join the Mile High Club, you won't be going back. So you'd better put this recipe to memory or bookmark this page!

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