Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Cowboy Biscuits

No matter how old you are turning -- at our house, birthday's are a B.I.G. deal!

One way we do that is by celebrating with your "birthday dinner."

Whatever you want -- you get!

It doesn't matter if it goes together or not --

It doesn't matter if it makes sense or not --

It doesn't matter if anybody else likes it or not--

It's your birthday, you decide!

For my girl cherub; this usually scares us!

But for my boy cherub; we know we'll be eating well!

His birthday dinner did not disappoint him or us!

  • brisket
  • cheesy potatoes
  • cowboy beans
  • homemade bread
  • homemade cinnamon rolls
My cherub said, "This is righteous, mom!"

This bread recipe is so easy!  It requires no kneading.  All you have to do is mix it up in a large bowl and store it in the refrigerator until you're ready to use it!  One taste of the delicious hot rolls and you may decide that you can make bread all the time!

Cowboy Biscuits

4 1/2 cups bread flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil
4 heaping tsp. yeast
1/2 cup very warm water
2 cups buttermilk

In a measuring cup, dissolve the yeast into the warm water.

In a very large bowl, add all of the dry ingredients together.  Stir together with a whisk.  Add the oil, dissolved yeast, and buttermilk.  Stir together well and refrigerate, loosely covered, up to one week.  The dough will rise a bit in the refrigerator, make sure there is "risin' room!"

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

On a floured surface, dump out desired amount of dough.  The dough will be very sticky.  Mix in just a tiny bit of flour until the dough is workable, but not sticky.  Roll out to desired thickness (1/2-3/4 inch thick) and cut.  You can cut into squares or with a round biscuit cutter. 

Place dough onto a lightly greased pan.  At this point, you have to make a decision! 
  1. You can either let them rise a bit in a draft-free place or
  2. you can bake them right away. 
Either way is fine!  Really!  There is no wrong decision at this point!  For the birthday, I let them rise for a couple of hours, because I had the time.  I don't usually mess with the rising!

Bake until bread is golden brown -- time will depend on how large your rolls are; probably at least 15 minutes.

***Also, if you don't want to flour your surface and knead in a little flour and cut your dough -- you can just spray a muffin tin with pam, use a small cookie scoop, and plop some dough into the tin and bake as directed. 

You can't mess these up!

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