Sunday, December 12, 2010

Cracking the Code - Loveless Cafe's Famous Biscuits

Ah ha, I think I've got it!
If you don't know about the Loveless Cafe and their famous biscuits, do yourself a favor and Google it.
You'll see that many a chef/cook/baker/obsessionist have tried to duplicate these lighter than air, melt in your mouth morsels of pure heaven.
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what you'll need:
~2 tsp. rapid rise dry yeast
~1/4 c. warm water (I call it "burn the baby" water, just slightly too warm to put a baby in)
~1 tsp. sugar

mix and rest in small bowl while you compile the rest of the ingredients.
in a large mixing bowl, whisk together:

~2 c. + 3 Tb. AP flour
~1/3 c. cornstarch
~2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
~1/2 tsp. baking soda
~1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
~1 tsp. salt
~1 tsp. sugar

Pour into flour mixture:

~1/3 c.melted shortening
~1/2 c. half & half
~1/4 c. club soda (or tonic water, seltzer, you can use water here, I just happened to have club soda)
and also your yeast mixture

stir to combine
dough will be shaggy, its okay
cover and rest 30-40 minutes to rise (if your house isn't real warm, put your bowl in a warm water bath halfway up the bowl in your kitchen sink and cover the top of the bowl with a plate...its like your own little proofing area)

next, dump dough out onto floured surface (about 1/4 c. flour)
roll dough around gently, it will pick up some of the flour and get less shaggy
knead (again, gently) to form a smooth surface and pat out to about 3/4" thick

cut out your biscuits and set on a greased sheet or my favorite, a Silpat.
melt a couple tablespoons of margarine in a coffee cup in your microwave and brush the tops of the biscuits.
now, cover with a sheet of plastic wrap and set to rest in a warm area
turn your oven on 400*F to preheat for 20 minutes while your biscuits rest
bake for about 15 minutes or until the tops start to get golden edges
remove from the oven and brush with margarine again
eat.  but not all of them at once, you'll get a tummy ache.  srsly.


jaz@octoberfarm said...

haha...another obsessed loveless biscuit fan! i went there a couple years ago and fell in love with those biscuits. i came home determined to recreate them. i baked over 2000 biscuits in the next couple months and finally figured it out. she uses liquid fat. i watched video of her making the biscuits over and over and there is no sign that she adds solid shortening. she pours in what appears to be melted crisco. mine came out exactly like the loveless ones. i am anxious to try your to see how similar they are. i will try it as soon as i am done with my xmas baking!

Noshings said...

heya jaz!
thanks for stopping by, if you'd ever like to share your recipe, Id love to try it ;)
have a good one!

Karly said...

Mm, biscuits. Only problem is that I can eat a whole pan full of them. It's too hard to say no to fluffy biscuits!

Andrea said...

This is so ironic. I was just searching for a biscuit recipe. I stumbled upon several posts speaking about the Loveless Cafe biscuits. I appreciate the time you took to crack the code :) I will be making these this weekend. Thanks for sharing! said...

I received a set of biscuit cutters as a Christmas gift, and the first thing that came to mind was to seek out a Loveless Cafe copycat recipe. Thanks for sharing yours; I can't wait to try it!

lr said...

I think the secret ingredient is melted lard.

Cynthia said...

Here's my version

kaw said...

I noticed that your latest version (dtd jan 2011) uses vegetable oil and milk instead of heavy cream, soda wate and melted shortening. Any reason why>

Noshings said...

hello kaw
Im not sure which recipe you are referring to, but this is the only "Loveless Cafe" recipe Ive done, so perhaps you might have seen another biscuit recipe? I do have several...Im kind of obsessed with biscuits!
again, thanks for stopping by ;)

Perfectly Imperfect Working Mom said...

Approximately how many biscuits does this recipe make? I'm having a large group over for breakfast on the July 4th and Loveless biscuits and jam will be perfect! Thanks

Noshings said...

good morning!
It made about a dozen biscuits on the smaller side.
If you cut them bigger, Id say more like 8-9.

thanks, I think you'll love them!


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