What a girl can do with a basic biscuit recipe! I've taken the beautiful Southern biscuit, have added a bit of fresh orange and grapefruit and a dollop of sweet citrus butter and ta-daaaa --- the newest breakfast favorite at the Halfmann's.
It takes about 10 minutes to make the biscuits, so it's one of those recipes that you can whip out there on a frenzied morning. And homemade tastes SO MUCH BETTER than canned.
First, lightly grate the peel of one large orange and 1/2 a grapefruit. (When making zest, you don't want to grate more than just the top colorful part of the peel, the deeper 'white stuff' is bitter.) Note: I used the grapefruit only because I had it on hand. Although I found it to be an interesting addition, it is by no means necessary.
My favorite biscuit recipe:
Preheat oven to 425
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 stick COLD unsalted butter, diced into 1/4 inch cubes
2/3 cup buttermilk
Add first four ingredients and zest of orange and grapefruit (reserving a teaspoon of each to make citrus butter) into large mixing bowl and blend quickly with hands so it's well mixed. Add cubes of butter and work into flour mixture with hands and fingers quickly, so it resembles coarse meal. Make a well with the mixture and pour in buttermilk. Again, working quickly and lightly with hands just until the dough comes together somewhat and you can form a ball with the dough. Turn out on a lightly floured surface and press ball down and fold dough just two or three times until smooth. At this time roll out (make sure your rolling pin is floured) or press out to where dough is about 1/2" and cut with round biscuit/cookie cutter or small glass. Use all dough -- makes nine or 10 biscuits.
Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for about 15 to 20 minutes. You want the bottom of the biscuits light golden brown and the tops lightly browned. Don't overcook.
While the biscuits are baking, soften 3 tablespoons of butter in the microwave and add a squeeze of orange and a little squeeze of grapefruit and blend into butter along with the remaining two teaspoons of zest.
You can melt the butter, add the juice and the zest and then enough powdered sugar with a spash of milk to make a sweet glaze icing (see bottom picture.) That's the way my kids like them, of course.
Spread a little or a lot of either spread in the middle of each warm biscuit and eat 'em up!
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