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Nancy Silverton's Buttermilk-Orange Biscuits
Mark Peel and Nancy Silverton at Home, 1994, Warner Books
"You may be averse to getting out the bottle of rum in the morning,
amount called for here has a magical effect. Together
it plumps the
raisins and gives them an intriguing
Your kids will never know. They'll just think
1/3 cup orange juice
1/3 cup rum
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup raisins
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon coarse salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) cold unsalted butter,
cut into 8 pieces
1/3 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
5 teaspoons sugar
1. In a small bowl stir together the orange juice, rum, vanilla and
Set aside for 10 minutes while preparing the biscuits.
2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
3. In a food processor fitted with the metal blade combine the
sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Pulse to combine. Add
process until the mixture looks like coarse meal.
4. Drain the liquid from the raisins into a measuring cup and
reserve 1/3 cup. Add with the buttermilk to the flour mixture in the processor. Add
raisins and orange zest. Pulse just to dampen the dry ingredients.
The dough will
5. Remove the dough from the bowl and knead 10 times on a
floured surface. Pat into an 8-inch round, 1/2 inch thick. Cut 8 biscuits
floured 2 1/2-inch cutter. Fold the scraps together and cut 2
more biscuits. Place on a
lightly greased baking sheet, 1 inch apart.
Brush the tops with milk and sprinkle each
with 1/2 teaspoon sugar.
6. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until the tops are lightly browned.
Makes 10 biscuits.
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