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    anyone have a good biscuit base recipe?

    I want to start baking some biscuits for mine and BF's lunch (and cups of tea!) and I need a good, easy base mix that I can add to.

    I do have a couple of requirements:
    -i will probably be mixing things like dates/apricots/ coconut/oats/carob/sultanas/pecans etc into it - so if you have a recipe of a biscuit like that feel free to post it as well!
    -i do not own a mixer, beater or food processor, so unless the mix is made with a bowl and a spoon it will be useless to me!
    -i would like it to be fairly healthy ie. not a lot of sugar (or honey as a substitute is fine) wholemeal or spelt flour etc.
    -needs to be pretty easy to make!


    anyway, thankyou in advance!

    #2
    It was always amazing to watch my grandmother make biscuits - although she never taught me - I had to teach myself!
    This is my recipe and tips

    Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
    In a bowl put 2 cups self-rising flour
    Into the bowl of flour you are going to cut in approx. 3/4 stick butter (cold) with a fork or pastry tool until the butter is incorporated and looks like little peas.
    (the remaining butter, plus any extra you may want, you put in your iron skillet or pan and let melt in the oven - make sure not to burn)
    Ater the butter and flour are mixed, add 3/4 cup milk (or buttermilk) and mix well, but do not overmix, until dough forms.
    It is important not to overwork dough because you won't get flaky biscuits.
    Lay dough out on floured surface, knead a couple of times, pat out into a circle about 1 -1 1/2 inches thick. Using round cutter, cut your biscuits and put into pan. ( I have a technique where I dip one side into the melted butter and then lay that side up).
    Bake until golden brown (I don't know? 10 - 15 minutes)

    I am not used to writing out recipes - so forgive me in advance! I hope this works for you. It's pretty simple once you get the hang of it.

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      #3
      I make an 'ugly' buiscuit... more sturdy than flaky.

      It is a large batch because we are a large family,but I experimented with doubling so a bit of tweaking should halve it

      preheat oven to 425:

      combine:
      4 tsp baking powder
      3 cups whole wheat flour
      pinch of salt (or use salted butter)

      cut in: (use two knives or cutter till pea sized)
      1 stick butter

      mix in:
      1.5 cups milk

      drop 1/4 cup on stone bake 10-15 minutes

      if you want them pretty use less milk and roll them out.

      I also have a basic 'muffin' recipe that I mix in all sorts of fruit if you want it.
      Last edited by PrincessPerky; 10-15-2008, 09:44 AM. Reason: too much milk.. I think?

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        #4
        I think the original poster is asking about what USAmericans call "cookies."
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          #5
          It does sound like whitestripe is asking for more like a "scone"? ..which is pretty much like a sweetened biscuit, right? I have only made those with a pre-made mix.

          Here is a recipe I found using the self-rising flour that is similiar to biscuits
          Scones

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            #6
            i was asking for a 'cookie'

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              #7
              Almond Biscuits with Berry Butter
              Ingredients:
              2 cups all-purpose flour
              1 tablespoon baking powder
              1 tsp. salt
              1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
              3/4 cup milk
              1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds
              2 tablespoons honey

              Directions
              Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. Using a pastry blender cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Combine milk, almonds and honey. Add to butter mixture, mixing just until flour is moistened. Knead dough gently; shape into a ball. Roll out or pat down dough on a lightly floured surface to 3/4 inch thickness. Using a floured 3 inch heart shaped cutter, cut out the dough, rerolling as needed. Place about 1 inch apart on unbuttered baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden. Serve warm with Berry Butter.

              To make butter:
              Place 1 stick softened butter, cut into pieces, 1/3 cup strawberry preserves and 1/4 cup sliced fresh strawberries in work bowl of food processor; process until smooth. Or, you may stir together by hand. Transfer to covered container; refrigerate until ready to use.

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                #8
                Baked Lemon Cheesecake

                Hi it is quite long but I hope I can help you.


                Baked lemon cheesecake

                Follow these step-by-step instructions to create cheesecake perfection.
                Preparation Time

                15 minutes
                Cooking Time

                70 minutes
                Ingredients (serves 8)

                Melted butter, for greasing base
                1 250g pkt Nice biscuits
                1 tsp ground cinnamon
                125g unsalted butter, melted filling
                375g cream cheese, at room temperature
                150g (2/3 cup) caster sugar
                1 tbs finely grated lemon rind
                3 eggs, at room temperature
                2 tbs fresh lemon juice
                1 300ml carton sour cream, at room temperature

                Add above ingredients to your shopping list
                Method

                Measure all the ingredients and have all the equipment ready before you start. Make sure the cream cheese, eggs and sour cream are at room temperature. This is especially important for the cream cheese and sour cream, so they will soften easily.

                You will need a 20.5cm (base measurement) springform pan. I find it is easier to remove the cheesecake if the base of the pan is turned upside down.

                Brush the pan with the melted butter to lightly grease and then line the base and sides with non-stick baking paper. This is more important if you have an old pan.

                To make the base, break the biscuits into pieces. Any plain sweet biscuits like Shredded Wheatmeal Biscuits, Morning Coffee Biscuits or Scotch Finger Biscuits are suitable. Place the biscuits in the bowl of a food processor and process until they are finely crushed. Alternatively, place biscuits in a strong, sealed plastic bag and crush well with a meat mallet or rolling pin.

                Combine the crumbs and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Add the butter and mix well until thoroughly combined. Make sure all the crumbs are coated in the butter.

                Use the back of a metal spoon to press the biscuit mixture evenly over the inside of the prepared pan, starting with the side. Use the edge of the spoon to form a corner edge in the base of the pan to ensure the biscuit base is not too thick.

                Place in the fridge for 20 minutes or until the base is firm. This helps the base retain its shape when the filling is added.

                Meanwhile, preheat oven to 160C. To make the filling, use electric beaters set on medium-low to beat the cream cheese in a medium bowl, scraping down the sides of the bowl twice, for 3 minutes or until smooth. Scraping down the sides of the bowl ensures the cream cheese is evenly beaten.

                Do not increase the speed of the mixer, as the cream cheese only needs to be softened and a higher speed will aerate it unnecessarily.

                Add the sugar and lemon rind and continue beating on medium-low for a further 3 minutes or until the mixture is soft and creamy. This process will further soften the cream cheese, resulting in a smooth and creamy cheesecake.

                Add the eggs one at a time, beating well between each addition on low speed. Add the lemon juice and beat until it is fully incorporated.

                Place the sour cream in a medium mixing bowl and add 250mls (1 cup) of the cream cheese mixture. Beat with the electric beaters until smooth. This will help soften the sour cream and prevent overbeating to remove lumps.

                Add the sour cream mixture to the remaining cream cheese mixture and beat until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl occasionally during beating to ensure all the ingredients are thoroughly combined. Avoid overbeating the mixture and incorporating too much air, otherwise the cheesecake will rise, crack and become too brown, then collapse and shrink on cooling.

                Place the lined springform pan on a shallow baking tray to catch any butter that may ooze out of the base of the pan. Pour the filling into the prepared base.

                Place in the centre of preheated oven and bake for 1 hour 10 minutes or until the centre trembles slightly when the side of the pan is gently tapped. The cheesecake should have risen slightly and turned a pale golden colour. If you think it trembles too much and needs further cooking, bake for a further 5-10 minutes, checking every 5 minutes.

                If the cheesecake doesn't tremble when tapped, it is overcooked and may crack on cooling. It will be slightly drier in the centre and less creamy, but still acceptable to eat.

                Turn the oven off and place a wooden spoon inside the oven door to hold it slightly ajar so the cheesecake cools slowly. This will prevent the cheesecake from shrinking too quickly.

                Allow the cheesecake to cool in the oven for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool for a further 1 hour or until cooled completely. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least 3-4 hours or preferably overnight to chill thoroughly.

                To serve the cheesecake, place the cold unmoulded cheesecake on a board, unclip the side of the pan and carefully lift off the side. Use a thin-bladed knife to cut the cheesecake into wedges.

                To prevent the cheesecake sticking to the knife, dip the knife into hot water and wipe dry between each cut. To serve the cheesecake whole, use an egg slide or long spatula and slide it between the biscuit base and the baking paper lining the base of the pan, carefully dislodging the cheesecake. Gently slide onto a flat serving plate.

                Notes

                Prep: 15 mins (+ 2 hours cooling time and 20 mins + 3-4 hours or overnight chilling time) We used Philadelphia cream cheese blocks in foil for these recipes. To store cheesecake, remove from the pan and place in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Variations: raspberry lemon cheesecake: use a metal spoon or spatula to fold 150g fresh raspberries into the cream cheese mixture after adding the sour cream. Sprinkle 150g fresh raspberries on the surface of the uncooked cheesecake. To use frozen raspberries, defrost 300g in a single layer on a double thickness of paper towel for 3 hours in the fridge. Continue as for the basic recipe. chocolate fleck cheesecake: omit cinnamon and lemon rind. Use 250g plain chocolate biscuits instead of the Nice biscuits and increase the melted butter to 150g. Increase the caster sugar to 165g (3/4 cup). Melt 100g dark chocolate and spread over the chilled biscuit base. Coarsely grate 100g dark chocolate and fold into the cream cheese mixture after adding the sour cream. Reduce baking time to 1 hour. Continue as for the basic recipe. apricot swirl cheesecake: substitute the lemon rind and juice with the same quantities of orange rind and juice. Chop 100g dried apricots and place in a small saucepan with 250mls (1 cup) water. Cover and bring to the boil. Cook, covered, over low heat for 5 minutes. Process the apricot mixture until smooth. Transfer to a bowl to cool. After incorperating the sour cream, transfer 1/3 of the cream cheese mixture into a medium bowl and mix in the apricot mixture. Pour about 1/4 of this mixture into the biscuit base followed by 1/4 of the plain cream cheese mixture. Repeat with the remaining apricot and plain cream cheese mixtures. Swirl with a knife. Continue as for the basic recipe.

                Spring has sprung which means it's time to ditch all the comfort foods and put the spring back into your meals with our selection of spring recipes, easy chicken recipes, lamb recipes, picnic recipes and lemon recipes.

                I just search it for you. I really want to try it but I don't have sufficient time to do so. I hope I can hear comments from you after doing this baked lemon cheesecake.

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                  #9
                  Love the post because i will be trying new recipe of biscuit.

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                    #10
                    Nankhatai recipe: It's taste so nice!

                    All purpose flour 1 cup
                    Powdered sugar 1/ cup
                    Ghee 1/3 cup
                    Vanilla essence 1/2 tsp
                    Baking powder 1/2 tsp
                    Salt a pinch

                    Cooking Directions
                    Rub ghee into the maida and baking powder till grainy.
                    Add sugar and cold water and make a dough.
                    Roll out into long strips.
                    Keep covered in a refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
                    Take out. When at room temperature, cut into circles.
                    Brush with milk. Bake at 375o F. for 20 minutes till slightly brown.

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                      #11
                      How to make a biscuit base

                      Put the biscuits into a strong, clean plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. Stir through the melted butter evenly.
                      Alternatively, use a food processor to pulse the biscuits to a breadcrumb consistency, pour in the melted butter and combine well.
                      Pour the crumbs into a loose-bottomed tin and smooth around with the back of a spoon. You can use a straight-sided glass to press in the crumbs and get an even finish.
                      Refrigerate for at least half an hour to set the butter before removing from the tin.
                      Release the biscuit base from the tin by balancing it on a steady glass and easing down the sides. You can now add your filling. Chill again, if necessary, and serve.http://www.yupstrips.com/listing.php?g=Manali
                      Last edited by yupstrips; 05-04-2016, 03:24 AM. Reason: nothing

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