Sunday, April 12, 2009

Rosie Makes An Herbed Biscuit Dough For Her Easter Bunny Pie.

As promised, here's my recipe for my herbed biscuit crust.
I started first with just the dry ingredients. 3 cups all purpose flour 2 tsp salt 4 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda
Whenever measuring dry ingredients use the dip and sweep method.
I added the salt, baking powder, and soda to the flour.
I chilled 8 TB of Crisco...
... and put little pieces around the rim of the bowl.
Then I just went around with my pastry blender and cut in one bit of Crisco at a time, working it with my blender...
... until I got an even consistency. At this point, I covered and refrigerated. You don't want to add the liquid yet because the baking powder would start acting immediately. And I had other rabbits to fry so the dough would just have to wait.
I chopped up about 4 TB parsley and two tsp chives.
Here are the rest of the ingredients: 3/4 cup buttermilk 1/4 cup heavy cream 1/2 cup 1% milk 2 eggs chopped herbs I would have used all buttermilk if I'd had it but I didn't. I only had 3/4 cup of buttermilk. So I used what bit of heavy cream I had (1/4 cup). And used my milk for the rest. (1/2 cup)
I added the chopped parsley and chives to the flour mixture.
And mixed the flour and herbs.
I made a well and added the buttermilk/cream/milk/egg mixture.
I turned it out onto a floured board and rapidly worked the dough. The less you work it, the more tender it will be.
I spread the dough by hand to about 1/2 inch thick.
I used the top to cut the dough the right size.
I cut it just a tad bigger and of course saved the leftover dough for biscuits today. (Another post yet to come.)
The dough got placed over top of my Easter Bunny pie and got an egg wash. (1 egg mixed with 1 TB water)
And here it is after 20 minutes in a 400 degree oven. This is a very tender, flaky, herby crust. Quite delectable.

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