Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Sourdough Biscuits

My Sourdough starter saga continues. I don't want to waste it and we don't eat that much bread at home. So, I had to make something else with it and this time I made something savory instead of plain or sugary one. If you want to make this into a sweeter biscuit, omit the chillies and cilantro. Reduce the salt to 1/2 tsp and add about 3/4 cup of dried fruits or chocolate chips. You could keep it plain and serve with some jam or marmalade.
Sourdough Biscuits

One Year BackEggless Brioche, Penne with Eggplant, Pancakes with home made syrup.

Ingredients:
Sourdough Starter - 1 cup (Unfed straight from the refrigerator - See Notes)
All purpose flour - 1 cup
Baking Powder - 2 tsp
Salt - 3/4 tsp
Sugar - 2 TBSP (optional, but brings out the flavor well)
Margarine or Butter - 1 stick or 1/2 cup cut into cubes and cold
Chopped cilantro - 3 TBSP or any other fresh herb of your choice
Green Chillies - 9 chopped fine (Omit this if you cannot take heat and replace by 1/2 TBSP of crushed black pepper or to taste)
Sourdough Biscuits

Method:
Preheat the oven to 400 F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in the butter or margarine with a pastry blender or two forks until it resembles coarse meal. It is alright to have some chunks in it. Add baking powder, sugar, cilantro, green chillies and stir with a fork. Now, slowly add the cold starter and mix till everything comes together. This is not a biscuit recipe which can be rolled or patted. Use a small cookie scoop and drop the dough on the prepared baking sheet 2 inches apart. About 1 Heaping TBSP or so per biscuit. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes rotating the pan half way (Mine were done at 18 minutes). Bottom will be golden when done, but the top will not be brown and might feel a little soft. Remove from the oven and serve warm. Left overs can be warmed in the oven slightly and served. These tasted best as they are without any butter on them. In fact these are perfect with a cup of tea or coffee and can be addictive. Don't ask me how many I have eaten already. Makes about 20 biscuits.

Notes:
If your starter is at room temperature, measure the starter and keep it in the refrigerator to make it cold.

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17 comments:

  1. The sourdough biscuits are looking just perfect. We often get it frm grocery store but never thought of making it at home. great attempt, loved it !

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  2. the biscuits look yum and delicious!!
    Smitha
    http://smithasspicyflavors.blogspot.com/

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  3. I love these,get from stores often,thanks for the recipe.

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  4. Wow love love love it totally.

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  5. Thanks for the recipes, cookies looks so cute..

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  6. looks crunchy and delicious

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  7. Crisp, cute and lovely biscuits! Love the cilantro, and green chillies in it.

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  8. Champa, I like these ones...what's your suggestion for making it without sourdough & adding atleast half WWF(atta), because if I make it it's gonna be for us adults & like U I also like to keep it secret that how many vanished in the process of moving them to table....

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  9. Spice,
    To do it without the sourdough starter, increase the flour by 1 cup. You can do 1 cup WWF and 1 cup APF. Use cold buttermilk 1/2 cup or a little more than that to make the dough. Proceed with baking. It should come out just fine since the leavening is mainly done by baking powder and not yeast. If you have sour yogurt, the taste will be very similar.

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  10. Champa U mean sour yogurt/dahi instead of buttermilk, right?

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