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.
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.