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Sweet Blueberry Biscuits

Sweet Blueberry Biscuits

A Taste of Nostalgia: Homemade Sweet Blueberry Biscuits

Blueberry biscuits evoke warm memories of cozy mornings and delightful flavors. This recipe captures the essence of those memories, offering a melt-in-your-mouth biscuit bursting with fresh blueberries and a touch of sweetness.

A Journey Through Flavor:

The inspiration for this recipe stems from a pre-kid getaway to a charming bed and breakfast in North Carolina. The experience of enjoying these delectable blueberry biscuits left a lasting impression. Upon returning to Utah, the craving for those same biscuits became undeniable, but finding them proved impossible. This recipe is a testament to the power of taste memories and the joy of recreating them in your own kitchen.

Ingredients:

  • The Flaky Biscuit Base:

    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup cold milk
    • ⅓ cup sugar
    • 5 tablespoons cold or frozen butter
    • 4 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
  • A Burst of Blueberry Goodness:

    • 3 ounces fresh or dried blueberries
  • Sweet and Tangy Glaze (Optional):

    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • ⅛ cup water
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • ½ teaspoon lemon juice

Instructions:

  1. Preheat for Perfection: Start by preheating your oven to 450°F (230°C). This high temperature ensures the biscuits rise quickly and develop a beautiful golden brown exterior while remaining light and fluffy inside.

  2. Dry Ingredients First: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. These dry ingredients form the foundation of the biscuit dough.

  3. Adding the Wet Elements: Pour in the cold milk and gently stir the mixture until just combined. Be careful not to overmix, as this can result in tough biscuits.

  4. The Star of the Show: Gently fold in the fresh or dried blueberries. The blueberries add pops of sweetness and delightful bursts of flavor in every bite.

  5. Freezing for Flaky Perfection (Optional):Recipe Note: While this step is optional, it's highly recommended for extra flaky biscuits. Place one stick (½ cup) of butter in the freezer for about an hour before using. Freezing the butter helps create pockets of steam as it bakes, resulting in flakier layers in the finished biscuits.

  6. The Magic of Cold Butter: Remove the frozen butter from the freezer and break it into small chunks. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, work the cold butter cubes into the dough until they are flattened and evenly distributed throughout the mixture.

  7. Folding and Kneading: Gently fold the dough over itself a few times, incorporating any loose bits of flour. Knead the dough briefly on a lightly floured surface, just until it comes together. Be careful not to overwork the dough, as this can activate the gluten and make the biscuits tough.

  8. Shaping the Biscuits: Lightly flour a rolling pin and rolling surface. Roll out the dough to a thickness of about ¼ to ⅛ inch. The thickness can be adjusted according to your preference, with thicker biscuits offering a slightly denser texture.

  9. Cutting Out Perfection: Using a biscuit cutter or a drinking glass dipped in flour, cut out biscuits from the rolled-out dough. Re-roll any dough scraps to create additional biscuits, minimizing waste.

  10. Baking to Golden Bliss: Transfer the biscuit cutouts to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake them in the preheated oven for 7-12 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through. The baking time may vary slightly depending on the thickness of your biscuits.

  11. A Brush of Flavor (Optional):Recipe Note: While not essential, brushing the tops of the hot biscuits with melted butter can add a touch of extra richness and flavor.

  12. A Sweet and Tangy Finish (Optional): To make the glaze, simply whisk together the powdered sugar, water, vanilla extract, and lemon juice until smooth. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled biscuits for a touch of sweetness and a delightful citrusy finish.

  13. Savor the Memories: Enjoy these homemade Sweet Blueberry Biscuits warm from the oven! Every bite is a delicious reminder of cherished memories and the joy of homemade comfort food.

Tips:

  • For a richer flavor, use buttermilk instead of milk in the biscuit dough.
  • If the dough becomes too sticky while handling, add a tablespoon of flour at a time until it becomes manageable.
  • Leftover biscuits can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days, or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. They can also be frozen for

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