Saturday, May 16, 2015

Baking Powder Biscuits Recipe

I needed beeswax for the dandelion hand salve and since a friend of mine is a beekeeper I asked her if she had any from her hives. She did and said she'd bring it over but of course I'm not going to get beeswax from her and not order some of her fabulous local raw honey.

The first thing I do when I get honey from her is whip up a batch of baking powder biscuits (which is probably unwise because little Abe and I end up using a ton of the honey right away as we chow down on our honey covered biscuits). I love this recipe. It's super easy. The dough doesn't need to rise, or chill, or anything of the sort. It's just simple, quick, and yummy. It's a pretty rustic biscuit and we (little Abe and I) love it that way. I thought I posted this recipe once before but I can't seem to find it so this may be a repeat.

Baking Powder Biscuits

1 1/3 cups flour
2 tablespoons sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons cold butter, cut in pieces
1/2 cup milk

Preheat over to 425F and grease a baking sheet.
Sift the dry ingredients (if you like; I don't sift them if I'm in a hurry and am still very happy with the results)
Cut the butter into the dry ingredients with a pastry blender until you have coarse crumbs. I don't have a pastry blender but I do have a biscuit cutter that works wonders for both cutting the butter into the flour and for cutting out the biscuits once the dough is rolled out. So if you don't have a pastry blender but do have a biscuit cutter that will work too. I promise.

Pour in the milk and stir with a fork to form a soft dough. 

Roll the dough out about a 1/4 inch thick. Cut out your biscuits with a cookie cutter or biscuit cutter or heck use a glass if need be.

Place onto baking sheet. Bake until golden about 12 minutes. GREAT with honey, or with butter and chili, or with... oh, the possibilities are endless.

Making the dandelion hand salve is one of my to-dos this weekend and I've already hit a road block. It's only three ingredients:
dandelion infused oil (done)
beeswax (got it)
coconut oil... hmm

I ran to the store yesterday for coconut oil and found out that it costs $23. Okay, it was on sale for $17.89 but still. Woah!!! I knew that I'd seen the exact same one online for much cheaper. I picked up the $18 container, being the ONLY thing I went to the store for, sort of turned circles in the aisle for a few seconds, thinking out loud, "no, gah, yes, no, yes, gosh darn it, no!" I put it back on the shelf and we left. I really wanted to make the dandelion hand salve this weekend especially since I strained the flowers from the oil and it's ready to go now and I have the beeswax but I headed home to order the coconut oil online instead. I ordered the same exact thing for $7.99 with $4.99 shipping. So I spent $12.98 on coconut oil instead of the $18.96 (that's with tax) that I would have spent at the grocery store. Geesh, who pays $23 for that stuff?!?!?! Basically I saved $6 and have to wait a few extra days to make the hand salve.


  1. If it wasn't an emergency I would have ordered online too and waited to make this.

    1. It was absolutely not an emergency but it sure killed my determination and made my trip to the store an enormous waste of time. Hey, I'm happy to have saved the $6 though. So it's a win.

  2. How much salve do you get out of the recipe? I'm thinking how nice that will be come winter when hands practically crack with dryness.

    1. I haven't made it before but it looks like it would make quite a lot with the original recipe. I am making a much smaller batch just to try it out. I hate wasting things so I tend to at least half any recipe I make for the first time. I'll make it again if it's really nice though. I think it will be great for the winter too. My hands get awful! And I really just love the idea of using dandelions for a practical thing.

  3. I'm not sure I would have had the patience to wait - that is NOT one of the things I have been blessed with :)

    Sounds so cool - can't wait to hear how it turns out!

    1. It was difficult for sure. I was really close to just saying getting it. But I just couldn't spend the extra even though I really REALLY wanted to.