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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Whole Wheat Biscuits

Growing up I loved biscuits. My mom would whip together a batch of them before dinner and they would only take her a few minutes to get ready and about 10 minutes to bake, so they were quick and easy! My mom's always had cheese in them, which isn't vegan-friendly or Ally-stomach-friendly (lactose is a no-no for me), so I thought I'd give Alicia Silverstone's vegan recipe a try! (From her book The Kind Diet)... Thanks Alicia!

These are definitely a healthier version of scones/biscuits. They are a bit drier than I'm used to as they don't have cheese in them and they are made fully with whole wheat flour (which can be a little drier, don't you think?). They are delicious, you just have to adapt your taste buds to love healthy! I honestly think they are great.

Whole Wheat Biscuits

Makes: 10 biscuits

-2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
-1 Tbsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp fine sea salt
-1/2 cup safflower oil
-Approx. 1/2 cup plain nondairy milk (more or less as needed)

-Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl
-Slowly pout in the oil, mixing with a fork until the mixture is combined (it will be quite crumbly)
-Add the milk a little at a time, stirring with a fork (you want to use just enough milk to bring the mixture together)
-Gather the dough into a ball, and place it on a lightly floured surface
-Knead the dough about 25 times, then smooth the dough into a ball and pat it into a 1/2"-thick round disk'
-Use a 2 1/2" biscuit cutter (or the rim of a glass/jar) to cut out biscuits, gathering the scraps and rerolling them to make a few additional biscuits
-Place the biscuits on an ungreased baking sheet
-If you like the sides crispier, place them about 1" apart, for softer sides, have the biscuits touching
-Bake on the center rack for 10 to 12 minutes or until the bottoms are golden
-Serve hot or warm

Notes: Mine made exactly 10 biscuits (with a little extra dough). I used (as always) Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze (mmm). I also added raisins for a little kick. These are definitely best served warm and also with a little vegan butter/marg or jam. They took about 11-12 minutes in the oven! :)


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