The Best Ever Light and Flaky Biscuits & Building an Igloo

Nothing beats a plateful of warm, flaky biscuits slathered with melting butter. You’d never guess that these ones can be made gluten free, too.

Flaky biscuits slathered with butter

We’re well into January now and ‘New Year, New You’ is going strong. I’ve been going to hot yoga, and eating lots of salads, and drinking lots of refreshing Wonder Water – doing all the right things.

But every now and then I feel like that scowling little pig-tailed girl who folds my arms and wants to kick the desk in front of me. I just want some comfort food, and I want it now. Like a big bowl of stew and a couple flaky biscuits slathered in melting butter that pools in little puddles of molten gold between the flakes and divots.

Mmmm, butter melting into flaky gluten free biscuits

Yeah, that’s exactly what I need on these freezing winter days when the world is white outside the window. I’ll have a salad again tomorrow.

Flaky Biscuits, winter white world

This was the wintery world at Christmas time at my mom’s. It still looks like that now.

Flaky Biscuits, Winter Blue SkyFlaky Biscuits, Winter Birdhouse

Flaky Biscuits, Sauna Cabin in Snow

mom’s little sauna cabin is tucked between her two greenhouses. In the spring she heats her greenhouses with hot air piped in from the sauna stove. We had steaming saunas every day during our Christmas visit with her

Flaky Biscuits, Shoveling Snow with Sugar

Andreas and his cousins shoveling snow. They throw up the snow and Sugar, the dog, loves to catch mouthfuls of it as it’s coming down

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Making Gluten Free BiscuitsCutting out the biscuits

Kitchen Frau Notes: This is the biscuit dough recipe I’ve used for years. It’s from my old ‘Fanny Farmer’ Cookbook, and it produces the lightest, flakiest biscuits ever. Just make sure to barely work the dough, so you still have chunks of butter the size of peas. When they melt as the biscuits bake, they make the little pockets in the dough that cause it to flake.

Use regular all-purpose white flour, part whole wheat, or for gluten free biscuits, use my favourite gluten-free flour mix as a cup-for-cup substitute.

If you don’t have cream of tartar, you can use another ½ teaspoon baking powder.

Look at those flaky gluten free biscuits

these are the biscuits made with the gluten-free flour mix – don’t they look inviting?

The Best Ever Flaky Biscuits

adapted from ‘The Fanny Farmer Cookbook’

gluten-free and dairy-free option

  • 2 cups (280 gms) flour (or this gluten-free flour mix)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ cup (115 gms) chilled butter (or vegetable shortening),
  • 2/3 cup (160ml) milk (or unsweetened non-dairy milk)

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Grease one 8-inch square baking pan.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder, cream of tartar, and sugar. Cut the butter or shortening into chunks, then cut it into the flour with two knives or a pastry blender until the chunks are pea-sized.

Add the milk, and stir with a fork until most of the flour is moistened. Dump the dough onto the counter and scrape any remaining  flour from the bowl onto it. With your hands, very quickly knead the ball just until all the flour is incorporated. You should still see small clumps of butter in the dough.

Pat the ball of dough down into a circle that is 1-inch (2.5cm) high. Cut out rounds with a 2-inch (5cm) biscuit cutter or cookie cutter. Keep pressing together the scraps to use all the dough to make 9 biscuits. Place them into the greased pan touching each other.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden at the edges. (If using the gluten-free flour mix, bake for 5 to 10 minutes longer – it seems to take longer for the gluten free flours to brown.)

Serve warm with soups and stews, or just slather with butter – dollop of jam is optional.

Makes 9 regular or gluten free biscuits.

Guten Appetit!

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Igloo Building - throwing the snow into a high pile first

every winter the boys like to build an igloo. they start by piling up a lot of snow

Piling the snow to build the igloo

Andreas, Zachary, & friend, Erik, shovel a big pile full. they let it settle for a day, then hollow out the inside

Starting to dig out the Igloo

I’m going in first!

Biscuits & Igloos, digging it out

the boys stick bamboo skewers all over into the pile of snow, then they dig out the inside until they hit the skewers

Biscuits & Igloss, Half Buried

help! the igloo’s got me!

Lots of shoveling

lots of scraping and shoveling

Biscuits & Igloos

all done. wanna come in for a visit?

*last 5 igloo photos courtesy of Erik Wendelboe

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4 Responses to The Best Ever Light and Flaky Biscuits & Building an Igloo

  1. Yes I want to come and visit – but I would die of the cold first! WHAT FUN! These are also the flakiest most perfect biscuits I have ever laid my eyes upon!
    OXOX
    V

    • Margaret says:

      Yes, it IS a it chilly in there, (plus, I’m claustrophobic) so let’s have tea and biscuits inside! I can’t think of anything better on these wintery white days. Hugs 😊 And greetings!

  2. Ger (BK) says:

    Wow, awesome biscuits. Just as I expected them to be… They were wonderful, light, tender and fluffy. I’ve made theses quick and easy to make biscuits twice this week. Thank you for sharing another wonderful recipe that I will enjoy often. Made for What’s on the Menu? Tag Game. (bk)

    • Margaret says:

      So glad you like them. A warm biscuit slathered with melting butter and a bowl of homemade soup is just about one of my favourite meals. It’s the ultimate comfort food for me. Happy kitchen times to you!

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