recipe: real simple's brown butter biscuits
Many years ago, I took scissors to my growing collection of Real Simple Magazine issues, cut out their "Five Easy Recipes" and made a folder of my favorites. Now, out of all the cookbooks that I've received over the years, this homemade binder is the one I refer to the most. One recipe in particular I probably make at least once a month.
Brown Butter Biscuits
from Real Simple Magazine
(adapted ever so slightly to my own tastes and laziness)
1/2 stick of unsalted butter
1 cup and 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon of sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3/8 cup of milk (the notch between 1/2 and 1/4 on your measuring cup)
Heat oven to 400 degrees. In a skillet, melt butter on medium heat, stirring with a wooden spoon. In about a minute or so, it will turn golden brown, emitting a nutty smell. Remove it from heat and let it cool at room temperature.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Gently stir in the brown butter and milk. Scoop out a large spoonful (perhaps a bit smaller than your fist) and place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Makes about 5 to 7 biscuits.
By the way, these reheat like a dream within the same week in a slightly warm oven for 10 minutes.