Tuesday, April 20, 2010

I'm back with a...whimper (Tuesdays With Dorie: Sweet Cream Biscuits)

Hello? Is anyone still out there? It's me, Kait, sheepishly returning to my blog after a much-needed but much-guilt-inducing month off. And what a month it's been. A new apartment, the end of school (well, in two days, anyway), job application after job application. I love our apartment, although there are still many boxes to unpack. I can't wait for school to be done (hopefully forever). And the job situation? Well, it's a work in progress.

I was hoping to come back with a bang, but my attempt at today's Tuesdays With Dorie recipe, Sweet Cream Biscuits chosen by Melissa of Love At First Bite, was decidedly lackluster.

I'm positive it wasn't the recipe itself (flour, cream, baking powder, salt - no butter!), as I snuck a few bites of the raw dough scraps and they were heavenly - creamy, slightly salty.

I know for a fact that I handled the dough too much, a big no-no when it comes to biscuit making. I got a bit too overzealous when I rolled out the dough, despite Dorie's express warning against this very mistake. The dough ended up about 1/4 of an inch thick, half of the thickness I was aiming for. So I decided to fold the dough upon itself and roll it together. That didn't work (the two halves separated). So I smushed the whole thing back into a ball and started from scratch.

I knew I was doomed when the dough kept springing back after being rolled. It was way too elastic. The result: biscuit hockey pucks. Such a shame.

Still, I'm intrigued by the concept of this recipe, and think it would be a great recipe to try again the next time I need to use up a ton of heavy cream quickly. But next time, I'll use a lighter hand. For the recipe, visit Melissa's blog.


Tia April 20, 2010 at 2:46:00 PM EDT  

how did you get the tops of yours so smooth. looks great

Nichi April 20, 2010 at 4:43:00 PM EDT  

Hey! I got square hockey pucks!

Actually yours don't look to shabby the insides look nice

Clivia April 20, 2010 at 4:43:00 PM EDT  

The inside of that biscuit looks great. I'm sure they tasted fine. Welcome back!

Jules Someone April 20, 2010 at 5:11:00 PM EDT  

We'll let you come back this time. ;-) I didn't even try the recipe. Ah well.

Flourchild April 20, 2010 at 5:35:00 PM EDT  

They look good to me..especially with that healthy egg!
Welcome back, we miss you when your gone!

Susan April 20, 2010 at 5:55:00 PM EDT  

Welcome back. They look pretty good, especially along side the eggs. (I love fried eggs and the hubby is a scrambled man). Try them again. :)

Karen April 20, 2010 at 6:22:00 PM EDT  

well, I think we had the same problem. Must not over work the dough! :) They look yummy!

Scattered Mom April 20, 2010 at 9:16:00 PM EDT  

Kait! Welcome back!

You might want to check out what is going on over at blog..I'm giving away a copy of "Kid's Kitchen" and doing "Food Revolution Fridays" where everyone links up a post. It's based on Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution show. I have been trying out his recipes and I'm blogging about them. :)

Nice to see you back!

matty April 21, 2010 at 2:24:00 PM EDT  

Those eggs were so good! Nice to see you blogging again!

Brent Garell April 21, 2010 at 3:55:00 PM EDT  

Biscuits...always a crapshoot. They look good in the picture.

margot April 21, 2010 at 11:40:00 PM EDT  

Welcome back! Sounds like you've been super-busy, good luck with the last couple days of school.

The biscuits look nice. I had the opposite problem and undermixed mine.

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