Some of the Alpha Bakers have begun baking through The Bread Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum. This month's selection is Touch of Grace Biscuits, a shortening based biscuit that can be made with either buttermilk or heavy cream.
Although the recipe is shared by Rose in The Bread Bible, it was developed by Shirley O. Corriher and can be found in her book CookWise (for the record, CookWise also contains my family's all-time favorite "thin chocolate chip cookie" recipe). If Shirley's name sounds familiar to you, you might recognize her from her many appearances on Alton Brown's tv show Good Eats.
Okay, let's make some biscuits.
My final thoughts on these biscuits: They're pretty good - better tasting than I expected from a biscuit made with shortening, but they're a little on the sweet side. Again, I made mine with heavy cream, which is sweet in and of itself. They probably wouldn't have tasted quite as sweet to me if I had made them using buttermilk, which has a tangy quality.
I think the cream version of these biscuits would be a great for strawberry shortcake. Alternatively, the buttermilk version of these biscuits would be well suited for more savory applications.
Reminder: The recipes baked by the Alpha Bakers are not shared on our blogs, but I've published a few other biscuit recipes. Click on the links to below to see more.
links for more Alpha Baker Photo Tutorials
- Nov 20, 2015 The Hazelnut Praline Cookies that Never Were
- Sep 1, 2015 TBB - Flaky Cream Cheese Scones
- Aug 24, 2015 TBB - Woody's Black and White Brownies
- Jul 2, 2015 TBB - Praline Meringue Ice Cream Sandwiches
- Jun 23, 2015 Ricotta Loaf - The Bread Bible
- Jun 4, 2015 TBB - French Orange Cream Tart
- May 20, 2015 TBB - Double Chocolate Oriolos
- May 16, 2015 Touch of Grace Biscuits - The Bread Bible
- May 8, 2015 TBB - Blu-Rhu Mini Pies
- Apr 27, 2015 TBB - Lemon Jammies
- Apr 2, 2015 Pita Pizzas - The Bread Bible
- Mar 23, 2015 TBB - Luxury Oatmeal Cookies
- Mar 16, 2015 TBB - Sour Cherry Pie (Pi Day)
- Mar 9, 2015 TBB - Caramel Buns
- Mar 4, 2015 TBB - Hamantaschen (Purim)
- Feb 23, 2015 TBB - Lemon Posset Alma
- Feb 16, 2015 TBB - Chocolate Pavarotti with Wicked Good Ganache
- Feb 11, 2015 TBB - Golden Orange Panettone with Chocolate Sauce
- Feb 9, 2015 Panettone Delay
- Feb 2, 2015 TBB - Swedish Apricot Walnut Bread
- Jan 26, 2015 TBB - Gingersnaps
- Jan 19, 2015 Biga Fail
- Jan 13, 2015 TBB - Black and Blueberry Pie
- Jan 6, 2015 TBB - Chocolate Cuddle Cake