Whole wheat buttermilk biscuits

Happy Easter!

I can’t believe we are already in to April and Easter is just around the corner!!  I talk a lot about healthy eating, but I have never been a believer of trying to eat healthy for holidays.   I usually have traditional family recipes that I like to make for holidays.  My line of thinking is that they only come once a year, and how much you eat on a particular day isn’t going to make or break your diet or waistline :-) .  You do have to be careful when it turns into a week of eating fattening leftovers though.

I thought that this year I might make whole-wheat biscuits to go with the Easter dinner.  They are made with coconut oil.  Despite coconut oil’s bad reputation there is evidence that it is actually good for you and may help promote weight loss.   There is not a lot of research at this point for us to be certain, but several studies such as this one  and this one say that coconut oil may be beneficial.

About a year ago, when I first started examining my diet, I discovered several blogs (Nourished Kitchen, GNOWFGLINS, and Kitchen Stewardship) that used traditional cooking methods.  Salley Fallon, author of Nourishing Traditions, is the inspiration behind many of the ideas. The basic premises of her book is that food has become over processed through the manufacturing process and is devoid of any nutrients (i.e. white flour, white bread, white sugar, white rice, etc.)  Ms. Fallon explains in her book that eating the way our ancestors ate is much healthier for us.  Whole grains are better for you but must be properly prepared in order to make their nutrients digestible by the body.  The Weston A Price foundation also advocates the use of traditional preparation methods for grains in order to remove the anti- nutrients that prevent mineral absorption.  This is typically achieved by soaking the grain in water and an acid such as vinegar overnight (in this recipe the yogurt and buttermilk acts as the acid)  This method neutralizes the phytic acid in the grain and allows it to be more easily digestible by the body increasing vitamin absorption (particularly B vitamins).

This recipe for the soaked biscuits is adapted from a blog that I took an eCourse from early last year called GNOWFGLINS.  The blog’s creator Wardeh Harmon has graciously allowed me to use her recipe.  Check out her site if you are interested in learning more about Sally Fallon and traditional food methods.  For more information about whole grains and breast cancer prevention go here.

Step 1:  Start by placing the flour in a bowl and cut in the coconut oil with a pastry cutter or two knives.  Add the yogurt and buttermilk and cover with a towel.  Allow the mixture to sit at room temperature overnight (8 to 12 hours).

 

Step 2:  The next morning pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees.  Add the salt, baking powder, and baking soda to the dough.  Knead the dough by continually folding the dough over onto itself in the bowl.  I did this about 10 times. 

Step 3:  Roll out the dough to ¾ of an inch thick and cut into squares.  (Note that if you want your biscuits to really rise you can’t roll them too thin.)

Step4:  Place the squares on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until brown.

 

Whole Wheat Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe

Yields 12 biscuits

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil (I left this out of the original post.  Thanks to Terri and Stephanie for letting me know!)
  • ¾ cup of buttermilk
  • 2 rounded tablespoons greek yogurt
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder (preferably aluminum free)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

 

Directions

  1. Place the flour in a bowl and cut in the coconut oil with a pastry cutter or two knives.  Add the yogurt and buttermilk and yogurt and cover with a towel.  Allow the mixture to sit at room temperature overnight (8 to 12 hours)
  2. The next morning pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees.
  3. Add the salt, baking powder, and baking soda to the dough.
  4. Knead the dough by continually folding the dough over onto itself (about 10 times)
  5. Roll out the dough to ¾ of an inch thick .
  6. Cut into 12 squares.  (Note that if you want your biscuits to really rise you can’t roll them too thin.)
  7. Place the squares on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until brown.
  8. Serve with honey or butter.

What are you going to be making for Easter dinner this year?

03. April 2012 by admin
Categories: Breakfast, Side Dishes, Starters, Vegetarian | Tags: , , , , , | 4 comments

Comments (4)

  1. How much coconut oil is in the recipe?

  2. These look yummy! How much coconut oil did you use?

  3. I don’t see the amount for coconut oil. Can you please let me know how much to add?

    Thank you so much for posting this recipe. It looks like just what I need. My husband has just come on board with eating for whole foods and the first new recipe he wants me to tackle is biscuits. :)

    • Thank you. I hope you and your husband enjoy them! Thanks Stephanie, Rebecca, and Terri for making me aware that the coconut oil amount was not in the ingredient list. It has been corrected on the original blog post. I am not sure where my brain was forgetting that :-) .

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