I am a very picky biscuit baker. Over the years I tried lots of recipes till I finally came up with one that was as good as my Granny's....so I was hesitant about the Pioneer Women's buscits, as the ingredients were a bit different than what I had come to decide was the best proportion. Ree's recipe, believe it or not, has less butter than my own, and less baking powder, less buttermilk, and more salt. But I determined to give it a try anyway.
I made my sour milk with lemon juice instead of the suggested vinegar (because I didn't have any white vinegar). I did have to add a little extra milk just to keep the biscuits from being too crumbly to roll out--that was the first bad sign. I did NOT agree with what Ree said about the baking--she said be careful to bake them long enough or they will be doughy. I have always thought the opposite--be careful not to overbake or they will be dry!
Since I know my oven cooks a bit hot, I lowered the temp to 425 and only cooked my biscuits 9 minuets--and still they were a bit more brown than I like them. I kind of like biscuits to be this soft white heavenly fluff. Ree's biscuts are much more sturdy and hearty. Maybe hers are rancher biscuits and mine are city biscuits...I would not say that these are bad--they were still good enough to eat....but these are not my Granny's fluffy biscuts that I love!
We're a group of ladies in need of a little excitement and inspiration in tackling the awesome and sometimes overwhelming job of cooking for our families. The plan is to cook through a book from cover to cover-blogging about it and sharing our successes, and sometimes failures, with each other along the way.