Saturday, February 6, 2016

Buttermilk Biscuits

1/2 C buttermilk
1/2 C sour cream
2 C AP flour
1 TB baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
8 TB (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4" pats
2 TB unsalted butter, melted

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Whisk together buttermilk and sour cream.
  2. In food processor, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and process until blended.  Scatter the butter evenly over the flour and pulse until you have a pebble-like consistency.  Transfer to a large bowl.
  3. Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture and fold with rubber spatula until combined.  Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and knead just until it comes together.
  4. Roll the dough into a 12 in square.  To make the layers, fold the right third over the center, then fold the left third over the center so that you have a rectangle.  Then fold the top third onto the center, and the bottom third onto the center so you have a square.  Roll it into a 12 in square and repeat the process so that you end up with a 12 in square.
  5. Cut biscuits out with a floured biscuit cutter, making sure not to twist the cutter.  Transfer to parchment-lined or greased baking pan, leaving around 1 in between each biscuit.
  6. Brush the tops of biscuits with melted butter and bake until golden brown and risen, about 15 mins, rotating the pan halfway through.  Allow 5mins to cool and serve.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Smoked Gouda Mac 'n Cheese

The recipe that everyone has requested!

1lb pasta
1/2 stick of butter
1/2C flour
1T salt
1/2 T pepper
4C milk
6C grated cheese - I use 4C smoked gouda and 2C cheddar
Optional: 1C panko crumbs mixed with 4TB melted butter if you would like a crunchy topping.

Preheat oven to 350. Grease 9x13 pan with either cooking spray or butter. Set aside.

Boil pasta as directed on package.  Drain and pour into a large bowl. Pour grated cheese on top so it can start melting.

In a saucepan, melt butter. Add 1/2C flour and cook 30-60 seconds while whisking.  Add milk while continually whisking to prevent any lumps.  Cook on medium-high heat until the sauce thickens.  Add salt and pepper.

Pour white sauce on top of cheese and pasta.  Mix thoroughly.  Pour into greased 9x13 pan.  Add crunchy topping or extra shredded cheese if preferred.  Bake 25mins.