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Angel Biscuits
Angel biscuits are also called "bride's biscuits," because they are guaranteed to be light and fluffy, even in the hands of a nervous, novice cook. They get their lightness by virtue of three (count 'em, three) different leaveners: baking powder, baking soda, and--for good measure--a bit of yeast. When faced with the task of giving angel biscuits a makeover, we were reluctant to tamper with success. So the end result is not much different from a classic angel biscuit. The main change we made was to cut the saturated fat in half and to add some whole wheat flour.

PER SERVING
BEFORE
AFTER
Calories
237
201
Dietary fiber (g)
1.3
2.2
Total fat (g)
8.4
4.6
Saturated fat (g)
5
2.6
Cholesterol (mg)
22
11
Sodium (mg)
275
313

The Ingredients

     1/4 cup warm (110° too 115°F) water  1 teaspoon active dry yeast  1-1/2 teaspoons sugar  1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour  1/2 cup whole wheat flour  2 teaspoons baking powder  1/2 teaspoon baking soda  1/4 teaspoon salt  2 tablespoons unsalted butter  3/4 cup buttermilk
1. Place the warm water in a small bowl. Sprinkle with yeast and 1/2 teaspoon of sugar let stand until mixture is foamy, about 5 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in large bowl, combine remaining 1 teaspoon sugar, all-purpose and whole wheat flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and stir well to blend. With a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal.

3. Stir buttermilk into yeast mixture. Make a well in center of flour mixture, pour in buttermilk mixture, and stir until just combined. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in warm, draft-free place for 45 minutes or until almost doubled.

4. Punch dough down, cover and let rest 10 minutes. On lightly floured board, with floured hands, pat dough out to 3/4" thickness. With 2" round biscuit cutter, cut out biscuits. Gather scraps, repat about 3/4" thick, and cut out more biscuits. (Repeat until all dough is cut out.) Place biscuits, 2" apart, on nonstick baking sheet. Cover loosely and let stand 15 minutes or until puffed.

5. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400°F. Bake biscuits 15 to 17 minutes or until lightly golden. Makes 12 biscuits (6 servings)

Author: the Healing Kitchen staff
Date Published: 03/27/2001
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