Cornmeal Biscuits

I’ve made cornbread lots of times. And, have a great recipe for big giant fluffy biscuits. But when I made a white chicken chili a couple of weeks ago I just didn’t feel like either of those breads were going to be just right to serve up alongside the chili. I went searching for some combination of the two and found this recipe from America’s Test Kitchen. I just love those guys. I don’t know what it is about the super detailed scientific reasoning behind food but it totally works for me. These babies are a perfect blend of cornbread and biscuits.

Make sure you set a timer for 5 minutes when you first pop these in the oven. It’s easy to forget that you have to turn the oven down. Especially if you have rugrats pulling at your legs asking when dinner will be ready. Or the phone calls that inevitably come one after the other the entire time you’re trying to get said dinner on the table. How does everyone instinctively know the exact worst time to call?

Enjoy these cornmeal biscuits with your favorite stew, soup or chili. They are delicious!

Cornmeal Biscuits
from America’s Test Kitchen

1 cup (5 ounces) yellow cornmeal
1 1/4 cup buttermilk
1 Tbsp honey
2 cups (10 ounces) flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
12 Tbsp (1 and 1/2 sticks) cold unsalted butter cut in pieces

Preheat oven to 450°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Whisk the cornmeal, buttermilk and honey together in a large bowl and set aside.
Add the dry  ingredients to the bowl of a processor along with the butter pieces and pulse about 10 times until the mixture resembles a coarse meal.
Add the buttermilk mixture and pulse just enough to bring the dough together.
Turn out onto a floured board and knead about 10 times until the dough is workable.  Add in extra flour if it’s too wet.
Pat into a 9 inch round and cut out about 8 biscuits with a 2 1/2 to 2 3/4 inch biscuit cutter.
Bake for 5 minutes, until they just start to rise, and then turn down the heat to 400, and bake for another 8 to 10  minutes, until golden.
Cool on a rack.

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Comments

  1. I love America’s Test Kitchen, too!!! I’ve gotten so spoiled to expect things to turn out as expected, thanks to their recipes! I’ve also been doing quite a few “taste tests” this year, where I’ll make several recipes for the same thing side by side to choose our favorites. Usually I’ll have compiled a bunch of favorite recipes over the years, so I want to find our favorite. It’s amazing how often the recipe from Cook’s Illustrated, Cook’s Country or America’s Test Kitchen comes in first place. They really do their research, and they really accomplish their objectives. It’s also super helpful that they tell you the goal for the recipe. It’s also really helpful when I’m reading their recipe side by side another one from another cookbook, and they explain why and how they changed the recipe and how it affected the results. Then sure enough, when I taste their recipe alongside the “other” one, I can see the differences that they’re talking about. They are so cool!!!!!!!!! Granted, my taste tests can be a bit time involved and are sometimes a pain in the butt, but it’s nice to know that if I didn’t have time to do them, I could just start with an ATK recipe and most likely it would have been our favorite anyways 🙂

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