I have, over time, become… hmmm, I’m not sure if “happy” would be the right word… let’s say more welcome of my sister’s inability to have wheat (sorry Beckster!) because it has taught me to cook with spelt flour. I really love the slightly nutty flavor of spelt flour. Using a non-wheat flour** also gives you the privilege of not having to worry about over-mixing something since there isn’t any gluten to toughen it up.
* Spelt flour is practically wheat free, which makes it a good subsitute for people with a low intolerance for wheat, though some people with serious wheat allergies, such as those with celiac disease, are also allergic to spelt. In that case, you should try replacing the flour with a 100% gluten free baking mix (most grocery stores carry a blend for general flour replacing). Please check if you are making these for someone who is gluten-free.
Also, these biscuits are a snap to make. Seriously, I can’t believe they were in and out of the oven so quickly! Now, I LOVE my buttermilk biscuits, but these are a close second! These are great with jelly & butter, but they can also be used as a “sandwich” for your favorite breakfast fixings… eaten with gravy… etc.
Probably Not Yo’ Mama’s Biscuits (aka Spelt Biscuits)
2 1/3 cup spelt flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp raw sugar
1/3 cup soy margarine (I use Earth Balance)
3/4 cup almond milk (or soy milk)
1- Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, whisk the spelt flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
2- Add the margarine to the flour mixture and smash it up with a fork or pastry cutter until it is all mixed in and crumbly like.
3- Make a well in the center of your flour and pour in the almond milk. I suggest mixing by continuously folding & turning it over and over with a rubber spatula until there are no clumps of flour.
4- Transfer the dough to a spelt-flour dusted surface and gently press or roll the dough out until it’s about 1″ thick. Cut out as many biscuits as possible, and do the same until all remaining dough has been used. (I made 9… since spelt flour is a tad more fragile/crumbly, I think 9 is the perfect number… any more and they may end up too thin to cut in half.) Place on center of baking sheet with sides of biscuits just touching.
5- Bake for 12-14 minutes or until tops and/or bottoms are golden brown. You can stick one with a knife to test it if you so desire.