Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Spring Picnic + Easy Biscuit Recipe

picnic spread
This weekend, my friend Jennifer and her baby girl came over for a visit. We walked to the park and had a little picnic.

I packed my trusty green bucket with my favorite picnic blanket, a bottle of water for the hot day and lots of goodies to snack on, including: olive tapenade, rosemary crackers, blackberries and homemade biscuits and honey (recipe below).

We sat on the grass, enjoying the sun and catching up on life. I couldn't stop squeezing Emi—she's so cute! 

She also wanted to eat everything I brought, especially the biscuits, which made me like her even more. 

Jennifer brought pizza focaccia bread from a specialty shop in San Francisco which sells out every day. It was delicious. 

biscuits and honey
I hardly ever picnic, but every time I do I'm reminded how much fun it is. I have a big one in a few weeks which I can't wait for! 

Also, are biscuits the most random thing to bring to a picnic or what? Jennifer and Emi ate them up so I think it's okay. This recipe is really easy and delicious—the biscuits are fluffy and flaky. Serve with salted butter and honey for a picnic, brunch or any occasion where tastiness is desired.

Easy Biscuits 
Adapted from John Pickett

Makes 4-6 biscuits

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbs baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tbs white sugar
1/3 cup butter, very cold and cubed (shortening may be substituted)
1/2 cup milk

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Gradually stir in milk until dough pulls away from the side of the bowl.

Turn out onto a floured surface, and knead 15 to 20 times. Pat or roll dough out to 1 inch thick. Cut biscuits with a large cutter, making sure to cut them straight up and down (twisting before pulling up seals the biscuits so they don't rise as well). Repeat until all dough is used. (The original recipe is for 6 biscuits, but I only managed to cut out 4). 

Brush off the excess flour, and place biscuits onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.


jfertran said...

Thanks for the picnic, B! We had such a great time with you. Will definitely be making those dreamy biscuits soon :)

Sophie Tung said...

Oh my gosh. Emi is SO cute! I love that she wanted to eat everything you brought :)

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