Sourdough Biscuits

Made these this morning; they’re great, but holy BUTTER batman! I bake in a cast iron skillet, and these are swimming in all the excess butter that melted out of the dough. Double checked all ingredients and all was correct; I used two sticks of butter, totaling 227g/1 cup.

this receipe is too large, can I cut in 1/2 and still get the biscuits you did?

I don’t see why not. I’ve always found that keeping the butter cold, and working the dough as little as possible, gives the best biscuits. I use fingers to smash the butter into the flour quickly; much easier and faster than a pastry cutter.

Best tip for evenly incorporating butter for scones: freeze the stick(s) of butter, then grate the butter using the large holes of a box grater.
I peel back the wrapper enough that I have something to hold onto until the piece of butter gets too small to leave the wrapper on.

@bmacpiper I hear you! Midway through the bake, I was worried about the butter content – simmering situation – but then it all kinda got sucked up by the biscuits. I wonder if the space between my biscuits baked on a sheet had an impact. I’m glad you enjoyed them. Good advice about cold butter and a little hand-smooshing of it.

@retiredmsg Scaling the recipe will work fine.

@BreadBunny I’ll have to try the grating trick…maybe shortcut with a food processor : -)

I have a question. In the instructions for making this recipe it says "Add cubed butter. Halfway through, break apart dough with hands. My question is, halfway through what? Mixing in the butter or just mixing the dough after all the butter is placed in the dough? Could I get a little clarification for the dummy here. I get the rest of the recipe, especially the part about not over mixing the dough. Looking forward to giving it a try. Thank you!

Sorry about the confusion - I’ve edited to make it clearer – thanks for the heads-up.

To answer your question, yes, halfway through adding the cubed butter, break the dough apart.

The sourdough starter is gluey and wants to be it’s own blob. It seemed to stay independent of the butter if I didn’t break it apart. Once that is done and some of the butter is worked in, the consistency improves/feels more biscuit-like.

These were delicious Melissa. Will be doing them again soon! Thank you.

They look amazing. And you got 16 out of the dough!

(The division of biscuits in my family was egregiously inequitable and I will make more soon to correct that lol)

Seems like a lot of butter to me, but each to his/her own.

Why use baking powder and not baking soda, since the sourdough starter is acidic?

Thanks, for sharing!

Yes, it is quite buttery! Just a bit less than the recipe it’s a grandchild of – Martha Stewart’s Flaky Buttery Biscuits – if you factor in the starter’s flour.

The choice of powder vs soda was a flavor decision. I hear what you’re saying, though, soda reacts with acid, and starter is acidic.

Mine did not rise at all. Any ideas? Baking powder is fresh.

Huh, that’s a mystery. I’ve made them a few times, once with freshmilled corn as part of the flour,and they still worked. I’m trying to think what impacts rise - heat and hydration are the big factors, since the recipe doesn’t use baking soda to react with acid.

These look fantastic! May I substitute for the heavy cream? Almond milk or coconut cream/milk for instance?thx.

Thanks :slight_smile: For the fat content, I would lean toward coconut cream, but almond milk is a more neutral flavor? Either should work, though, the thinness of almond milk makes me think you should add it slowly and be prepared to possibly not use it all.

Thanks! I’ll give it a try.

I love the taste of these, but the construction method just doesn’t work for me! In case I’m not the only one in this boat, here’s my process:

  • Sift dry ingredients together into Bowl 1 or your mixer
  • Mix cream and starter until smooth in Bowl 2; set aside
  • Cut cubed (or grated if you’ve got time) butter into dry ingredients in Bowl 1
  • Gently and minimally fold the cream + starter into the dry ingredients until it comes together in a shaggy ball
  • Turn dough onto floured surface, dust the top with flour, and fold dough over on itself a few times
  • Press into a 1-inch thick round and cut

I’m typing this all out in hopes that it helps me remember for next time – I got partway through butter integration this time before recalling that I prefer a different method :crazy_face:

That’s looks like a great approach. Thanks for sharing. I’m going to try it next time!

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This recipe is horrible. I can’t believe I fell for it. Everyone knows you mix the butter into the flour before you add the liquids. What makes me the maddest is here we are in a pandemic and I have wasted a bunch of flour and butter. Breadtopia you need to fix this recipe. The commentor above gave the proper instructions as far as the order in which ingredients need to be mixed. I seriously still doubt I will try this recipe again even with those corrections.