Some days, we all need something we love to give us some comfort or to give us relaxation. Maybe for you its wrapping up in your favorite super snuggly blanket and watching a movie… maybe it’s something warm, like a really great cup of coffee or tea… or maybe it’s reading a good book with a glass of wine. With all the hurry and running around that life throws at us on a daily basis, we all need to feel taken care of sometimes (yes, all of us, whether or not we want to admit it). One thing that does it for me is eating some good-old comfort food.
We all have our list of favorite comfort foods, and one of mine is (simply)… biscuits. I love biscuits because they are so versatile. You can make a breakfast biscuit by layering it with veggie cheese and “soysage” or fakin’ bacon. You can stuff it with tofu scramble. You can serve it up with gravy. You can serve it up with some grits & tempeh, or you can just eat it all by itself with some jam. A good biscuit can multi-task as well as some of us parents 😉
These biscuits are my current favorites. Sometimes I add garlic, veggie cheese and oregano to the batter when I know I will be eating them with tempeh, soysage or making a tofu scramble. Other times I like to leave that stuff out so I can spread them with my favorite jelly. Busy morning?… Heat up some tofu-chicken (I suggest Gardein vegan chicken tenders) for a yummy quick faux chicken-breakfast-biscuit (cheese optional) that you can eat on the run (even in the car). The biscuit-ilities are endless!
~Old-School Vegan Buttermilk Biscuits~
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- heaping 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 1 3/4 tsp sugar (omit if making the garlic & cheese biscuits)
- > 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
- 2 Tbsp vegetable shortening
- 2 Tbsp soy margarine, chilled and chopped into bits
- > 3/4 cup soymilk
- < 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
If making garlic & cheese biscuits, add to dry ingredients:
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp oregano
- (set aside to add in last) 1/2 cup vegan cheddar cheese, chopped (I prefer follow your heart vegan gourmet cheddar)
Preheat the oven to 450 F. Whisk the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Cut in the shortening and margarine with a fork until the mixture resembles crumbs.
Whisk together the soymilk & lemon juice (this makes “buttermilk”). Set aside for 10 minutes. Next, add the vinegar. Form a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the liquids. Gently fold together – don’t overmix! (At this point, add cheese if using.)
With floured hands, consolidate the dough into a ball (if it feels too sticky, give it a light dusting of flour) and move the dough ball onto a floured surface. Sprinkle dough lightly with flour and flatten gently into a big round circle until about 1/2″ – 2/3″ thick. Use the rim of a glass or a biscuit cutter and make 9-12 biscuits, depending on how thick you have them. (I usually shoot for 9 biscuits that are about 2″across.) Place them in the center of a baking sheet with the sides just touching. Bake 12 minutes or until bottoms begin to brown. If desired, you can brown the tops lightly under the broiler.
( I included these biscuits in the category “childs play” because my little girl LOVES to help stamp out the biscuits with a round cookie cutter!)