I’ve been in a baking mood, baking biscuits and muffins daily BUT I do not have a mixer. That’s probably why I have been doing it daily. It’s to experiment to find just the right basic mix for biscuits and muffins. Finally after a few rounds of experimenting, I found it. No creaming of butter and sugar required. So simple and fast.
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar or less
- 1 teaspoon baking powerd
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 unsalted butter bar cut into cubes
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
That is my basic mix. To that, I added eggs, milk, pandan juice, orange juice and zest, lime juice and zest, carrot juice and julienned carrots with walnuts, All liquids about 1/2 cup. More liquid for muffins and less or no liquids for biscuits. Vegetable oil may be added for muffins.
All I had to do is put all of the ingredients above into a bowl and used my fingers to rub them around till they resemble crumbs in the first stage and dough in the second stage. Liquids and oil are added for muffins. They are always added in the middle and the flour stirred slowly with a plastic spoon so that they don’t form clumps.
Biscuits dough should be pliable enough to be cut and muffin mixes should be soft enough to be poured into a muffin tray for 6.
Preheat oven while working on the mix and once done, put in the tray for baking around 10 minutes. Biscuits are arranged on baking paper on oven tray while muffins are poured into muffin paper cups and placed inside muffin tray.
The above basic makes 6 muffins or a small tub of biscuits, just right for a small family of four.
No gadgets required, Just your hands a spoon and a bowl. Time needed: 20-30 minutes (including 10 minutes baking time which really doesn’t count because you’re not doing anything while waiting, well, just washing the bowl and plastic spoon you used maybe).
Now that I’ve completed my basic recipe, I’ve ordered a biscuit pump or biscuit press to make my biscuit a little bit more impressive looking. Can’t wait for it to arrive and try it out.