Who doesn’t love that brand new blue can of Pillsbury Grands! Flaky Layer biscuits sitting in you fridge? Imagine, opening the refrigerator and feeling that nice cool breeze as you reach down to grab the cylinder full of deliciousness. Pinch the tab at the top of the can and pull until you hear that oh so familiar pop as the can splits, revealing your future meal in is pre-baked form. Set your oven at 425 and slide them in. after about 15 minutes you gaze upon the most beautiful sight you have seen thus far this morning. Break apart that first ball of baked dough to reveal layers upon layers of steamy soft golden flakes. Slather them in butter and grape jelly and enjoy with a nice cup of joe.
Okay stop drooling and grab a pen and paper and write down what I am about to tell you. A fellow culinary student and good friend of mine Adam Trombly was nice enough to share this flaky delicious biscuit recipe with me as I desperately sought his help with a flaky biscuit craving.
- 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
- 1 1/2 tsp Salt
- 3 tsp Baking Powder
- 6 TBLS Softened Butter or Shortening or a combination of both
- 3/4c Milk
- 1/4 Cup melted butter for brushing
Mix your flour, salt, and baking powder together in a bowl. Cut in your butter or shortening until it is incorporated completely and there are no lumps of butter in your flour mixture. Gently mix in your milk taking care not to over work your dough so not to over develop the gluten and make the biscuits tough. Once your dough has come together roll out to 1/4″ in a rectangular shape with the short end pointed towards you. Paint the top two thirds of the sheet with your butter and then do a tri-fold starting with the unbuttered 1/3 at your belly.
Repeat this process three more times and then roll out to 1/2″ and with a cookie cutter punch out your biscuits. Bake in a 400*F oven for 15 minutes and enjoy!
Old Stock Ale
North Coast Brewing
Fort Bragg, CA
This is another beauty from North Coast. The Old Stock Ale is a traditional Old Ale. It is aged a few months before it is distributed and is recommended that it be laid down. Old Ales generally can go for 5+ years. I used this beer as my desert beer in a beer dinner I once did and saved two of the bottles at my parents house.
In 2009 North Coast released their Old Stock Ale Cellar Reserve. They took a batch or two of Old Stock Ale and aged it for 18 months in oak bourbon barrels and then bottled in some fancy looking setup. I’ve yet to try it but I hope to soon.
Appearance –Dark copper with a creamy tan 2 finger head with minimal lacing.
Aroma – Chocolate, caramel, sweet malts, raisins, currants, delicious.
Taste – Alcohol, Tastes as it smells.
Mouthfeel –Coasts the palate. Not too thick but just right. Stings from the alcohol.
Drinkability – Great brew. Makes me happy to know that I have drank this beer and still have two more to drink in the future. I love this brew.