Your search for a no-fail recipe for fluffy, flaky, and light biscuits is over. This Amish Biscuits recipe will not disappoint you.
Amish Biscuits and sausage gravy are one of our favorite quick weekday dinners. We enjoy it with sweet homemade blueberry jam for breakfast too.
We have a tradition of baking a large number of them and freezing them for a future date.
Amish Biscuits are not difficult to make, however, it's important to read the tips at the end to achieve the best results: light, fluffy, soft, and flaky biscuits.
Why Amish Biscuits
Amish women are great cooks, if you have been to Lancaster PA, you will definitely agree with me. Many places in the Amish Country attract very many visitors.
You will enjoy a buggy ride, a beautiful landscape, handmade furniture, and quilts. Most important is the taste of Amish delicacies that possess a rich made-from-scratch flavor.
From Amish sweet whoopie pies to savory Amish Knepp and ham, you will without a doubt get hooked on Amish recipes.
The Amish are a group of people that migrated from Europe to the United States back in the 1800s. They were fleeing Europe in search of religious freedom. Their strong beliefs that contradicted the Church and the States in Europe made their forefathers face severe persecution.
The Amish are a very conservative group of religious people who keep away from modern conveniences such as vehicles, electrical appliances, phones, and many others.
The Amish have maintained their strong cultural traditions, handing them down from one generation to the other. They are discouraged from mingling with the ‘world’ and therefore keep the close community and family ties.
The Amish have church services every Sunday and will always have a meal together after the service. The Amish women have perfected their culinary skills because of having to prepare delicious meals to be served to a big number of members after every service.
A simple practical recipe
Most Amish recipes use ingredients that are pantry staples. You probably have all you need for the Amish Biscuits in your pantry!
The Amish are known for cooking from scratch, using no electric appliance! As long as you follow the steps you are less likely to have flops. Amish biscuits are made of flour, buttermilk, leavening agents, cold butter, salt, and sugar.
It does not take long to make the Amish biscuit dough because overworking the dough makes the butter melt. Ensure you keep the butter cold as you prepare the biscuits. Let us study the ingredients in detail.
INGREDIENTS AND SUBSTITUTIONS
All-purpose flour is the main ingredient working perfectly in this recipe. You may substitute it with self-raising flour. Self-raising flour contains leavening agents already.
Cold butter is a crucial component in Amish Biscuits. It is the ingredient that gives the biscuits flaky layers. Make sure to cube it and keep it cold while working the biscuit dough.
Baking powder is the leavening agent that makes the biscuits rise in the recipe. Amish Biscuits need to be fluffy, flaky, and light in texture.
This texture will be achieved when gas is released into the Amish Biscuits dough during the baking. Monocalcium Phosphate is one of the critical ingredients found in baking powder.
This component reacts with baking soda to produce carbon dioxide which helps the biscuit dough to rise. Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate is also contained in baking powder and contributes to the carbon dioxide gas that is generated after the chemical reaction.
Baking soda is a leavening agent in the Amish Biscuit dough. The main ingredient in baking soda is Sodium Aluminum Phosphate.
This chemical reacts with baking powder releasing carbon dioxide during the baking process. It has a bland taste and may tend to be bitter which is why it is added in small amounts. Baking powder improves the tenderness and moistness of the biscuits and increases their volume as well.
Cold buttermilk adds moisture to the biscuit dough.
Buttermilk is rich in fat compared to regular milk. Using buttermilk enhances the overall texture of the biscuits. Making homemade buttermilk is very simple and takes a short time. (See recipe below)
Salt balances out with the rest of the flavors in the Amish Biscuit dough.
Sugar sweetens the Amish Biscuit dough. You can substitute sugar with honey or stevia powder, more nutritious options.
You need a mixing bowl to mix the dry ingredients and wet ingredients.
Pastry blender or Food processor
Pastry blenders and food processors enable you to cut the butter into the flour mixture.
A rolling pin is used to roll out the Amish Biscuit dough before cutting out the round shapes.
Round cookie cutter cuts out round-shaped biscuits before baking.
Baking trays are lined with parchment paper and baked in a preheated oven.
The parchment paper keeps the Amish Biscuits from sticking to the pan.
The Secrets Of Making Perfect Amish Biscuits.
As much as the recipe might appear simple, yielding the best biscuits like you see in recipe pictures requires a bit of practice and attention to detail.
Here are some tips that will ensure your Amish Biscuits do not flop.
Your butter should be cold
If your butter is not cold, the biscuits will be grease laden and unpleasant. Let the Amish Biscuits chill in the refrigerator before baking. The cold butter will expand, releasing steam that makes the Amish Biscuits rise.
Do not twist your biscuit cutter
Twisting the biscuit cutter as you cut through the rolled dough will distort the layers formed.
Do not use an appliance such as a stand mixer to mix the wet and dry ingredients
When you use an appliance to mix the ingredients, the layers that you need will be destroyed.
Bake the biscuits at a high temperature
Baking the Amish Biscuits at a high temperature causes maximum steam to be released, which makes the Amish Biscuits rise high. That high rise is what we need in our biscuits.
FAQ AMISH BISCUITS
How do I store my Amish Biscuits
Amish Biscuits stay fresh in an airtight container on the counter for two days at room temperature, however, the fluffy treats stay fresh longer in an airtight container in the refrigerator, that's about 4 days.
Can I freeze my Amish Biscuits?
Yes, you can prepare these Amish Biscuits and keep them in the freezer for a future date. They freeze wonderfully and could come in handy during busy weekday dinners.
How can I make fluffier and flakier biscuits?
Fluffy Amish Biscuits are just what we all want. If you want to achieve this, your butter has to be cold as you work to form the dough. Work fast before the butter begins to melt as you handle the dough. Before you bake the Amish Biscuits, chill them as your oven is preheating.
What you need
- 1 cup of whole-fat milk
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar
How to make homemade buttermilk
- Into a mixing bowl add a cup of whole milk, full-fat milk gives you the richest buttermilk.
- Add a teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar and let the milk sit for about 8 minutes.
It is that ‘easy peasy’ as my son would put it.
- 2 cups All-purpose flour
- 6 tbsp. Cold butter (87g)
- 1 cup Buttermilk
- 1 tbsp. Baking soda
- 2 tbsp. Baking powder
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- In a large mixing bowl mix all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking soda, and baking powder) till thoroughly mixed.
- Pour the dry ingredients into the food processor, add the cubed cold butter, and pulse till the mixture resembles that of fine sand.
- You can use a pastry blender to cut the butter into the flour if you do not have a food processor in hand.
- Work fast to keep your butter cold, we need the biscuits light and flaky.
- Turn the mixture into a mixing bowl, add buttermilk, and mix gently with a wooden stick then use your hand to form a ball
- When you form a shaggy-looking ball of dough, turn it over to a clean kitchen counter. Do not overwork the dough at this stage.
- Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough into a rectangle.
- With a cookie cutter, cut round Amish biscuits. Place the Amish biscuits on a parchment-lined baking tray.
- As you preheat your oven to 500F, keep the Amish biscuits in the refrigerator to cool. This little step makes the biscuits rise more.
- Once your oven heats to the right temperature, bake the biscuits for 8 minutes until they turn to an attractive golden brown color.
- Remove the delicious Amish Biscuits from the oven and let them cool on a cooling rack.
- Melt a tablespoon of butter, with a pastry brush, and apply the melted butter on the biscuits.
- Serve them warm with sausage gravy for gravy or a dollop of sweet and tangy fruit jam.