Cutting in baking techniqueIn my recent buttermilk biscuit recipe post, I talked about how to cut in margarine. This baking technique is truly important for certain kinds of pastry dough, as it distributes the fat in evenly sized pieces throughout the dough, allowing it to expand in the hot oven and create flaky layers. In the first photo, I cut in the margarine too finely, so you can barely see it’s there.Biscuits and soy buttermilk | Recipe RenovatorIf you look at the top of the second photo, you’ll see that the fat looks like large crumbs (or aquarium pebbles or small peas, depending on your personal frame of reference). This is what you want it to look like.

If you don’t have a pastry cutter like my grandma’s, you can use two knives in a scissors pattern, cutting crosswise through the bowl.

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