Have you ever had the morning to yourself in your house – maybe you’re working from home, maybe your hubby has taken the little one on an adventure, or maybe you’re sick – and you’ve felt like you just needed something a little special for breakfast?
Bacon and eggs would be too hearty, and cinnamon toast too mundane. Pancakes are too plentiful, waffles are a family brunch, and you don’t feel like warmly drizzled maple syrup anyway – not today.
Maybe you’ve got a jar of pistachio curd in the refrigerator, which is precious and needs to be eaten not on fingers, not smeared carelessly on store-bought bread, but daubed amidst melting butter on a biscuit hot out of the oven. Just one biscuit – not a whole batch – to flake apart and dissolve on your tongue, to be nibbled alternately with sips from a cup of tea and savoured savoured savoured like the opportunity to crack open a book, the morning, the quiet, and the chance to nurture yourself with perfect food.
Note: for all you Haligonians – I procured this fantastic pistachio curd at Liquid Gold. I would highly recommend you buy some and smear it on biscuits too….
- 1 cup all-purpose white flour
- 1/2 tsp. each salt and baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 2 tbsp. cold butter
- 1/3 cup cold sour milk or buttermilk
- Preheat your oven to 350F. Grease a small baking pan, or line with parchment.
- Combine the dry ingredients in a small bowl. Using your fingers, crumble the cold butter into the dry ingredients until it has been broken into pebble-sized pieces. Add just enough of the cold milk to form a cohesive dough when stirred together. Using your hands, knead the dough for just a couple of turns - just enough to ensure it's uniformly mixed.
- Shape the dough into a biscuit and place on the baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes or until browned at the edges.