I didn’t think it was possible to make a biscuit better but apparently it is.
You do it by subbing some of the traditional all-white flour for buckwheat or spelt. This provides some nuttiness and a toothsome quality to the biscuits that I find addicting.
And then you add a dollop of jam to the crater you create with your thumb in the middle of the biscuit. This crater of jam ensures that that the biscuit is a singular dish, a portable handheld treat that can be eaten for breakfast as you are walking to work.
This is my dream breakfast biscuit.
Buckwheat Poppy Seed Jam Biscuits
Recipe from Apt. 2B Baking
Yield 10-12 biscuits
12 ounces all-purpose flour
8 ounces buckwheat or spelt flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
8 ounces cold butter, cut into cubes
1 ¼ -1 ½ cups buttermilk
About 6 ounces jam
Preheat oven to 350º and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and poppy seeds.
Add the butter and cut it in with a pastry cutter or your fingers. Keep mixing until the mixture looks mealy with a few pea and lima bean sized hunks of butter remaining.
Make a well in the center of the mixture and add in 1 1/4c of the buttermilk. Gently mix the dough together, making sure that all of the flour mixture gets moistened. If the dough is dry or crumbly continue to add the additional buttermilk 1T at a time until the mixture mostly comes together.
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, it's okay if the dough comes out of the bowl in a few pieces, and pat it out into a circle 1 1/2''-2'' tall. Cut the biscuits with a floured 2 1/2'' biscuit cutter or drinking glass. Gently pat the scraps together and cut one more round of biscuits. Place the cut biscuits on a lined baking sheet.
Use your thumb to gently make a tablespoon sized indent in the middle of each biscuit, then very gently, while supporting the sides of the biscuit, use your thumb to push down and make the hole deeper. Aim to make the hole a little wider at the bottom than the top and push down almost to the bottom of the biscuit. Fill each indentation with a tablespoon of jam.
Bake for 35-40min or until the biscuits are golden and crisp on the outside.