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That’ll butter your biscuits!

If you didn’t already know, Today is Buttermilk Biscuit Day. A truly delicious way to start your day, or enjoy with a nice fried chicken dinner in the evening. I am convinced that there is no finer addition to a meal than a nice, warm buttermilk biscuit. Even the canned or frozen biscuits have their own charm, but you really have to try your hand at making them from scratch. It is a lot easier than you might think. To get you a tried and true recipe, I went to an expert in the field. I love Alton Brown. If you have never seen his television show “Good Eats”, you are missing out on something special. Not only is he fun and inventive, he can make even the most complicated food relatively easy to make. Case in point, this recipe for buttermilk biscuits. I made a batch myself, and they turned out awesome, if I do say so myself. Give it a try and celebrate Buttermilk Biscuit Day with your family!


Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Using your fingertips, rub butter and shortening into dry ingredients until mixture looks like crumbs. (The faster the better, you don’t want the fats to melt.) Make a well in the center and pour in the chilled buttermilk. Stir just until the dough comes together. The dough will be very sticky.

Turn dough onto floured surface, dust top with flour and gently fold dough over on itself 5 or 6 times. Press into a 1-inch thick round. Cut out biscuits with a 2-inch cutter, being sure to push straight down through the dough. Place biscuits on baking sheet so that they just touch. Reform scrap dough, working it as little as possible and continue cutting. (Biscuits from the second pass will not be quite as light as those from the first.)

Bake until biscuits are tall and light gold on top, 15 to 20 minutes.

Told you it was easy. Let me know how they turned out for you.

And hey – don’t forget – The Panther Caravan is rolling into Waterloo tonight.  Join UNI Coaches and student athletes at Single Speed Brewing Company in downtown Waterloo starting at 6pm.  Meet President Mark Nook and new Athletic Director Megan Franklin. Enjoy giveaways, food and games at this free event.  Bring the family for the Panther caravan Tonight at Single Speed Brewing Company from 6 to 7:30 in downtown Waterloo.

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