September 28, 2015 – As the weather starts to cool down, homemade biscuits are the perfect complement to soups and chili. Chef Stacey from the ALDI Test Kitchen has some tricks up her sleeve to baking a perfectly flaky biscuit from scratch.
“Making great biscuits from scratch is very easy to do with the right techniques! Find a biscuit recipe that suits the ingredients you have on hand. They often include flour, salt, baking powder, some kind of fat and a milk component.
Once your dry ingredients are mixed, cut your fat (butter or shortening) in with either a pastry cutter, or your hands. Your goal is to crumble your butter into small chunks covered in flour, but make sure not to crumble too much – pieces the size of small peas are perfect for ensuring your biscuit has a light texture.
Once you pour your milk component in, mix until combined. Over mixing will result in a tough dough and biscuit. Because wheat flour builds strong gluten strands, working it less will prevent that, creating a less structured, tender product.
Flour your surface and pat your dough to the right thickness – between ½-inch and 1-inch. Use your biscuit cutter to cut your desired size. Bake according to your recipe on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Your result will be a light, tender biscuit that melts in your mouth!”
Once you master Chef Stacey’s homemade biscuit routine, try pairing with one of these Test Kitchen recipes for the perfectly hearty meal.
One Pot Pumpkin Chili
Lighten your post-dinner dish load and try out this one-pot recipe. Dip your fresh-out-of-the-oven biscuit into these warm fall flavors and enjoy.
For a vegetarian option, try this delightfully easy chili recipe. Pair the chili’s bold flavors with your light and fluffy biscuits for a delicious combination.
Do you have any special tips for the perfect homemade biscuit? Tell us in the comments!