Today, I am excited – doubly excited. Triply excited, even. For one, I get to show you all how to make homemade biscuits a whole lot quicker (this is how I make them on school mornings when we all seem to be running behind). For another, I get to tell you about a great company and the icing on the cake is, I get to bring you a giveaway!!
Since starting Southern Plate, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with people from several prominent companies. There is nothing I love more than finding out that the people behind a product I love are just downright nice folks. I tend to like products better when I know they are made by “people oriented” companies who haven’t lost touch with their consumer. If you’ll look at my sponsors: Hamilton Beach, Wilton, Southern Beauty, and Pioneer Brand, every one of these companies is just plain made up of nice people. I have personal contacts with each one of them and they are all just tickled with the amazing people who read Southern Plate!
Pioneer Brand is a company I have been wanting to work with for a while because I have a few recipes involving their products that I just dearly love for their taste, ease, and time saving help. I also love how very in tune they are with their consumer – as is clearly shown by the convenience of the packaging in their baking mix! Once I discovered Pioneer Brand Baking mix several years ago, I would never want to use other brands.
Today I am going to bring you Homemade Biscuits with Pioneer. They are super easy, require only two ingredients, and allow you to turn out homemade biscuits with no fuss and little muss. I have a recipe on here for truly, made from scratch, buttermilk biscuits but I have to be honest with y’all – I am no different from you in that I just don’t have time for those very often! These are my “go to” biscuits on busy mornings or when I just need a good biscuit and don’t want to put all of the effort (or time) into it.
Instructions on how to enter are at the bottom of this post!
To make Perfect Pioneer Biscuits, you need Milk and Pioneer Brand Baking Mix.
No really, I’m serious.
The first thing that attracted me to this product was the packaging. Instead of that silly, messy, nonsensical box we have a nice canister style packaging here. Take our plastic lid off and you have this seal.
Now just cut the end piece of the seal and we have a pourable canister :). There is also a piece of hard plastic that goes across inside the canister right beneath that dotted line to help reinforce this.
Place three cups of baking mix into a bowl and add one cup of milk.
Stir that up a bit until it is all moistened.
I like to lay out a sheet of waxed paper to work with my biscuit dough on so I can just wad it up and toss it when I am done. Sprinkle a bit of pioneer or flour onto the paper.
And spread it around well so your dough won’t stick when you pour it out. I am not actually spreading mine well enough so my dough is going to stick a little in the next few pics but I just did that on purpose so y’all wouldn’t feel bad if you did the same thing. ~grins and tries to sound convincing~
Dump out your biscuit dough and sprinkle a little baking mix or powder onto the top.
Now we have to knead it three or four times. In biscuits, as in life, it is important not to be overly “Kneady”. If you knead your biscuits too much, they will come out flat and hard.
I just pat my dough down and apply light pressure to spread it out a bit.
Then I fold it over and pat it out again. At this point, I need to add some more baking mix or flour to that paper because that is why there is dough stuck to it so I’ll do that before I pat it out again.
My point is, pat it out, then fold it over and pat it out again and repeat that two more times and you have some nicely kneaded biscuit dough. 🙂
As far as not flouring my waxed paper enough, I’m gonna invoke the golden rule of parenting here : Do as I say, don’t do as I do. I don’t remember the last time I was able to do a tutorial without kids distracting me. They were fighting over who got to use the laundry basket as their personal boat as I did these.
Mental note: Buy two more laundry baskets so I can actually use one for laundry.
Then I just kinda pat mine out like this. You can use a rolling pin but patting it out works fine.
I’m about to show you two ways to cut these. One is more traditional and the other is more streamlined, less wasteful, and easier – but it just feels odd to Southerners.
This is a pizza cutter. I roll it a bit in some flour and then…
But let me tell ya something, as neat as this is and as quick and easy, to a Southerner, there’s just something unnatural about a square biscuit :).
Oh yeah, that’s more like it!!!
Place these on a greased baking pan and I like to top mine off with just a light spraying of cooking spray to get them all prettified on the top when they are done. You can use melted butter for this or even a bit of cooking oil brushed on if you like. You can also omit this step entirely.
They bake at 450 for ten to twelve minutes.
Want to make these for yourself? Many Wal Marts carry Pioneer Brand baking mix and tons of grocery stores have it as well. My Wal Mart stopped carrying it ~sighs and shakes her head at Wal Mart~ so I get mine at the Piggly Wiggly!
If you’d like to have a case of Pioneer Brand Baking mix free, delivered straight to your door, leave a comment on this post and I’ll choose 3 winners next Monday!
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