Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Garden Potluck - Herb Biscuits

Potlucks are my favourite meals. Tonight's potluck is a prime illustration why. We had a wonderful meal at the City Park Community Garden. Many folks brought dishes that included some garden produce, like these biscuits contributed by yours truly.

Herb Biscuits
Word of advice: go light on the dill or it will overtake these biscuits.













2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup finely chopped herbs (dill, parsley, cilantro, basil, tarragon)
5 tbs cold butter
3/4 cup buttermilk

Stir together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and herbs. Add the butter in small chunks. Work the butter into the flour with a pastry cutter then switch to your fingers. Work the butter quickly between your fingers to break up the "pebbles" and work it evenly into the flour.
Pour in the buttermilk and quickly stir, then switch to your fingers to work the dough into a rough ball. Knead on a floured counter into a smooth ball. Work quickly so as not to warm the butter or overwork the dough. Let the dough rest one minute.

Roll the dough with a rolling pin to about 1/2 inch thick. Cut biscuits with a cooker cutter. I used a 2 inch cookie cutter for bite-sized biscuits. Bake at 375F until lightly browned, about 12-15 minutes.
 
The spread!
  
A railway embankment and a colourful mural are the backdrop of the City Park Community Garden in Saskatoon.

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