Homemade Biscuits and Gravy


My brother left almost a week ago for his biking trip (14 countries in Europe, 3000 miles on bike!), and before he left we made homemade biscuits with sausage and gravy. This is a dish I never thought I’d like to eat until I had it about two years ago and loved it. And, after making it, find that it’s a really easy meal to make on those lazy Saturday afternoons. Especially if you pre-made the dough and it just needs to thaw from the freezer. While the biscuits were baking, we cooked the sausage (“breakfast sausage” seemed logical, which is what we used) and kept them in larger chunks; after cooking thoroughly, we added gravy powder, which called for a little milk and water (1/2C. each), and mixed in the pan for about ten minutes until thick.

Buttermilk Biscuits
Recipe courtesy Cuisinart

2¼ cups unbleached,
all-purpose flour
¾ cup cake flour
1 tablespoon cream
of tartar
4½ teaspoons baking soda
¼ teaspoon granulated
sugar
½ tablespoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground
pepper
9 tablespoons (1 stick plus
1 tablespoon) unsalted
butter, cold and cubed
1 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons unsalted
butter, melted

Makes 12 biscuits
Approximate preparation time: 10 minutes plus 10 minutes for baking
Preheat oven to 500°F. Line one baking sheet with parchment paper. Insert the large metal chopping blade into the large work bowl of the Cuisinart® Food Processor. Add both flours, cream of tartar, and baking soda and process to combine for 10 seconds. Add the sugar, salt and pepper and process again for 5 seconds. Add the cold butter and pulse 15 times to incorporate into the dry ingredients, until the size of the butter resembles peas. With the machine running, pour the buttermilk through the feed tube and process until just incorporated. Remove dough from work bowl and place onto a well floured surface. Knead dough by hand about two times, form into a log and cut into 12 equal pieces. Form each
piece into a ball and place evenly spaced onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake about 10 minutes, until golden brown. Once biscuits are ready, remove from oven and brush with
melted butter. Serve immediately.

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