These innocent looking biscuits nearly drove me mad. I had to make this recipe six times before I got them right. I nearly gave up. But I was determined to win. No little biscuit was going to vanquish The Renovator! The end result—buttery, tender biscuits—was worth it.
This started out as a Cooking Light recipe renovation. I used to love biscuits-in-a-tube when I was a kid, and hadn’t tried making gluten-free biscuits. I started with their recipe for fluffy buttermilk biscuits, intrigued by the idea that you didn’t have to cut in the butter, but melted it and added it to the buttermilk. I used organic Earth Balance spread and made buttermilk from soy milk plus apple cider vinegar and salt. I also had to figure out which gluten-free flour combination would give the best texture. I made biscuits that had delicious texture inside but were flat as pancakes:I made biscuits that looked perfect on the outside but were gummy and chewy on the inside:I went back to Gluten-Free Baking For Dummies for ideas (reviewed here). I changed my flour formula three times. I realized that I had cut in the margarine too finely:It should still look like small peas (or really, aquarium pebbles, but that doesn’t sound as appetizing. But what are “small” peas? Aren’t all peas the same size? But I digress.)
When you cut the margarine or butter in too finely, there aren’t pockets of fat that will expand in the hot oven. That’s what gives biscuits their flaky texture. I gave up on the Cooking Light technique of melting the butter and mixing it with the buttermilk, as it didn’t seem to be working with my recipe.
Using a tip from Gluten-Free Baking for Dummies, I let the dough sit for ten minutes to allow the gluten-free flours to absorb the moisture and let the psyllium husk fiber do its work creating structure. That created scoop-able dough.
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