Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Perfect Homemade Vegan Biscuits

Perfect Homemade Vegan Biscuits
I think growing up most of us had that grandma or even mother that always made biscuits from scratch and we still to this day remember them and wish to have that homey comfort food that would fill the house with delicious smells and always was fun to help make a mess with ...rolling pin and all. Now a days a lot of the biscuits are frozen and grandmas are long gone. Finding a decent vegan one is hard to do...if you can find any at all. But to make them isn't that hard, much harder than it looks and you can carry on those traditions that they used to "back in the day" and make grandma/mom proud for doing so. These beauties take as much time as popping them out of the freezer and turning the oven on but you get fresh in no time at all. Great for kids to help with too...Enjoy!

Perfect Homemade Vegan Biscuits
Yields: 8-10 Biscuits

Ingredients

-2 cups flour
-1 tablespoon baking powder
-1/4 teaspoon baking soda
-1 teaspoon salt
-1 Tablespoons sugar
-6 Tablespoons vegan butter (I used  Organic Earth Balance), diced (I put it in the freezer for 10 minutes or more)
-1 cup vegan milk + 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (mixed together)
-Sprinkle fresh parsley (you can switch it up and do other herbs, spices, etc.)

Optional Add-Ins
Fresh Chives
Sesame Seeds
Fresh Dill
Poppy Seeds
Flax
Hemp Hearts
Dried Fruit (mix it up)
Cilantro (great with chili)
Fresh Thyme
Sundried Tomatoes
Olives (chopped)


Directions

Heat oven to 450 Degrees

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda salt, and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. If you don't have a mixer you can do this by hand with a pastry cutter (for needing the vegan butter and everything together).

Add the vegan butter and mix on low speed until the butter is the size of peas. Add the vegan milk (mixed with vinegar) and combine on low speed until ingredients are combined, DO NOT over mix or you will have tough rocks on your hands. Mix in the parsley or other choices. Dump the dough out on a well-floured board and with a rolling pin, roll out to about a 1/2-inch thick. Cut out circles with a 2 1/2-inch round cutter, I use a drinking glass a lot. (Its about that size and I get 8-10 biscuits out of it)

Place them on a cookie sheet or pie pan, if they are touching side by side in the pie pan that is fine. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown and dough doesn't spring back. Serve with vegan butter, jam, or they go great with Vegan Stews. Enjoy!

-Amy