Thursday, October 31, 2013

Buttermilk Biscuit Triangles

I've always liked to pull my food apart instead of just biting into it.  I especially do that with anything in the bread family like doughnuts, muffins, biscuits, etc.  So, you can only imagine how much I love flaky, layered buttermilk biscuits.  The layers are practically begging me to pull them apart and eat them.

If you're like me, and you like layered biscuits, you'll love this recipe for Buttermilk Biscuit Triangles.  If you're like my husband and you love the flavor of buttermilk, you're definitely in for a treat.

Why triangles?  It's an easy to create shape that makes the biscuits seem a little more special than your typical circles, and no cookie cutter is required. 

I usually try to post recipes that have something redeeming about them health-wise.  This is not one of them.  This is definitely a splurge, but with portion control, anything can fit into a healthy diet.  Each biscuit only has about 100 calories.  The trick is stopping at one...or two...or three!  You can also substitute whole wheat flour for some or all of the all purpose flour, but your biscuits won't be quite as fluffy.

If you want to keep it light, pair the biscuits with a salad, such as my Everyday Salad.  That's what I did today, but I added about 8 pieces of turkey pepperoni chopped in fourths.  You really can't go wrong with turkey pepperoni!  If you want some true comfort food, I'd recommend pairing these biscuits with a bowl of your favorite soup, and of course, they're also perfect for breakfast.

Buttermilk Biscuit Triangles
Servings: 16

2 c all purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
pinch salt
8 tbsp cold butter (1 stick)
3/4 c well-shaken buttermilk

Preheat your oven to 400.

Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.  Then cut in the butter.  You can use a pastry cutter, but I usually just hold a couple butter knives in one hand and cut back and forth across the butter until the mixture resembles course crumbs.  Add the buttermilk, and mix it in with a fork until combined.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface.  I recommend using a dish towel because you won't need as much flour.  Knead the dough gently, and shape it into a rectangle about 1 inch thick.

Now we create the layers!  Fold the dough in half.  Use a rolling pin to gently roll out the dough until it's about 1 inch thick again.  Repeat this process 3 more times so that you've folded the dough a total of 4 times.  Yup, the folding is what creates the layers!

Use a sharp knife to cut the dough in half.  Cut each half of the dough in half again.  You have 4 pieces.  Cut the dough in half the other direction.  You have 8 equal pieces.  Cut each piece in half at a diagonal.  Now you have 16 triangles.

Put a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet, and set the biscuits on top.  Be sure to leave space between the biscuits.  They're going to need room to rise!

Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden.  When you remove them from the oven, you can spray the tops with spray butter or brush with a little melted butter if desired.

Happy eating!


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