Close to home. The first thing you notice walking up the familiar drive is that the apple tree is beginning to lose its leaves, a dog runs up to greet you and as you make the climb up the stairs to the front porch the sound of voices drifts out of the open kitchen door, you enter, the screen door squeaks as it lazily closes behind you, then the smell of freshly baked biscuits hits your senses, Southern biscuits, a Bijouxs that brings you close to home.
BIG SUR BISCUITS
Big Sur biscuits recall a time when baking was an everyday event, a necessity. These biscuits still claim their southern roots with buttermilk and baking powder, but it’s the levity of yeast that adds a lighter than air touch to these biscuits and makes them a Bijouxs, a little jewel of a biscuit. A trip up to Big Sur yielded a visit to Big Sur Bakery, and of course their cookbook. The bakery is amazing and I love the cookbook, loaded with inspiration.
No special equipment or machines are required, these biscuits are easily prepared with simple Bijouxs kitchen basics: a large mixing bowl, forks, rolling pin, and sheet pan. Optional items include a metal pastry blender, a round biscuit/cookie cutter and non-stick baking mats. The steps to these light and lovely little jewels are easy; no special talents are required. Thoroughly blending the shortening into the flour mixture is crucial, give it some time, 5-10 minutes, to achieve the cornmeal-like texture that results in very light biscuits. The addition of yeast to the biscuits just further ensures a light biscuit.
You will need to allow a little time to allow the biscuits to rise before baking, but the rest of the meal can be tended to and the biscuits only take a short 10-12 minutes to bake.The biscuits emerge, beautifully brown outside, very light and airy inside. Their lightness of being allows them to accompany almost any meal. They are heaven hot out of the oven with apricot jam and Double Devon Cream butter and they also make a mean ham biscuit.
Close to home with Big Sur Biscuits an everyday little jewel.
As always, enjoy. B