Beer Biscuits

30 Aug

Let’s talk beer, shall we? I love the stuff. Most people love the stuff. Some hate it…that’s okay with me, there are things I dislike as well.

Know who loves it? My daddyo. If there’s one thing I never thought I’d have in common with my dad (and there are lots of things), it’s the love of beer. When I was growing up, he’d let me have a sip or two and I would make some pretty wretched faces as I choked with disgust. Side note: Did you know my dad is the coolest and owns a beer boot? Good times, drinking non-alcohol related beverages out it

College, naturally, was my second encounter with beer. My roommate tried to convince me that I should start drinking beer as it was cheaper and easier to drink than liquor (which I still do not care for….unless it’s gin….I like gin…but that’s a completely different story). She set me up with some Coors Light (BLEH!) at a party. It was not pretty. I still barely managed to get it down. I was a trooper though, and got through 1.25 beers. Yep.

I continued to snag some Budweisers from my buddies every now and then….and eventually, after a long battle, the taste grew on me. THANK. GOODNESS.

Now, I truly love beer. It has such wonderful flavours and there are so many great breweries out there. I’m glad I finally “hopped” on the bandwagon. (Oh I totally just went there)

Anyway, let’s get to the point here. My dad loves beer. I love bringing my dad home beers that I’ve recently discovered or fallen in love with.

I love Crazy Canuck from Great Lake Breweries: it’s hoppy, perfectly bitter, slightly malty, and so refreshing. When my BBF (Best Beer Friend) hooked me up with a couple of cans of it (along with their Devil’s Pale Ale), I knew it was time for a visit to my parents’ house.

I’ve already mentioned in previous posts about my mom’s Sunday morning brunch spread. I volunteered one fine Sunday morning to bake biscuits. Beer biscuits. How amazing would that be? The Gabriel clan was about to find out. I used a recipe for buttermilk biscuits that we use at August Restaurant, and substituted beer for buttermilk. What did I have to lose? Well, mainly about a cup of delicious beer…

Well folks, it turned out to be the best ever. How shall I describe these biscuits? Savoury with a hint of sweetness, ultra flaky, and oh so yummy with a little bit of butter and honey on top. Warm…of course.

I cut two biscuits in half that morning and topped each half with a different topping; cream cheese with smoked salmon, (because what kind of Jew would I be if that wasn’t my first choice) raspberry jam with sharp cheddar cheese, butter and honey, and butter with marmalade. All amazing choices, but the butter and honey was my favourite. Just saying.

What I like to do is make a larger batch of the dry mix and keep it in my fridge.

All you do from there is pull out a little at a time and pour in enough beer (or buttermilk) to make a firm but moist dough. Ta-da! Biscuits are minutes away! Talk about impressive.

Beer Biscuit Mix

6 cups all purpose flour

3 tbsp baking powder

3/4 tsp baking soda

3/4 tsp salt

1 tbsp sugar

1-1/2 cups unsalted butter

*enough of the beer of your choice to make a moist but firm dough…approximately 1/4 cup beer for every 2 cups biscuit mix but do NOT quote me on that.

Mix dry ingredients together, then rub in butter with your fingers or a pastry cutter. Store in fridge or freezer. To make biscuits, take out the mixture and leave at room temperature for about 10 minutes, then add in enough beer until the dough comes together. You don’t want a wet or sticky dough, but you want it to be moist enough to be smooth when you roll it out. Do not overmix.

Bake at 375F until golden brown on top.

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2 Responses to “Beer Biscuits”

  1. Heather August 30, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

    OH…what a mouthwatering post. We Evoys are very big on biscuits around here. Now I have to try some with raspberry jam and sharp cheddar. MMMM.

    • Fabi August 31, 2011 at 7:09 am #

      Please do! Yum!

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