March 12, 2012

whole wheat biscuits

In college, I worked at an amazing vegetarian restaurant in Athens, Georgia. It was the place to be, really. Fred, from the B-52’s worked (and sang and danced) there years before me, and most everyday I waited on one, or another of these guys. It was a rockin’ place to work.

Everyone came there for the same reason. 

Bluebird Whole Wheat Biscuits.

They were special. Huge and a little grainy and always hot out of the oven, it seemed. I’d come into work for the breakfast shift, and head straight to biscuit tray. 
I’d wait till Carol, the ornery cook, looked away and I’d grab two. 
lots of butter
even more apple butter

Pure heaven. Just ask Michael Stipe. 
I have not replicated them, but these aren’t too bad. 

Whole Wheat Biscuits
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (I used King Arthur’s white whole wheat organic flour)
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup cold unsalted butter
  • 1 cup milk (any kind)
In a medium sized bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well with whisk or fork. Cut the ½ stick butter into little pea sized pieces and then mix the pieces into the flour mixture. Using a fork, try to mash the butter pieces as you mix it together with the flour until it resembles coarse crumbs. (This can also be done in your mixer.) It’s okay if the outcome just looks like the same pea sized pieces of butter covered with flour. Then pour in the milk and mix it all together. Knead the dough with your hands 8 to 10 times and then turn out onto a counter or cutting board. Pat it out flat with your hands until the dough is a somewhat even ¾-inch thickness (sprinkle with a little flour if necessary). Turn a drinking glass upside down and cut out biscuit rounds. I have also used shaped cookie cutters (like a heart or star) if you have little ones helping you! Then put them on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 450 degrees for 10 – 12 minutes or until lightly browned.
recipe via here


  1. This is the recipe I prepare several times a week, but then my guy's put gravy over them! I haven't had wheat all year and while I do feel better I am finding myself weakening, I need bread!

  2. Oh yum! These are going on my "must make" list :)

  3. Yum! I think I need to try this kids love biscuits but I've never tried ww because I worried about them being HEAVY. I'm silly that way. But I'm thinking this recipe is a must try along with some thick-cut bacon and homemade strawberry balsamic jam...yum!

  4. I'm sure glad to know I'm not the only one who uses a grocery bag for my bacon. It also works wonders for salting and buttering popcorn. My hubs loves whole wheat biscuits, so this recipe is a must. Thanks.

  5. Oh! I will have to try this recipe. I use the same kind of flour you do. Looks delicious. BTW, love your bacon grease blotting paper; why waste paper towels?!

  6. Ah, biscuits are the measure of a Southern woman's true grit...yes, pun intended. One of my first posts was a veg biscuits & gravy recipe that I could make every day and delight the husband.

  7. nummy nummy for my tummy! since I started baking about a year ago, there has been no stopping me. and to think at one point I was gluten-free! how horrible! ; )
    I have not tried biscuits yet and now I may have to wait until Brad is off his diet.
    That would be so mean to make these amazing looking things and eat them in front of him.
    Wha ha ha ha ha ha. (rubs hands together with evil with witch-like laugh)

  8. Thanks for the recipe! I love a good biscuit, but always assumed I "had" to make them with white flour. Thanks for giving me the nudge to make them whole wheat! :)

  9. Fred is only one of my Rock lobster himself! That sound like a super fun place to work and that it's vegetarian! Will defintly try this recipe...maybe something to try at our new cafe :)

  10. Looks delicious, would love to give it a try. Thanks for sharing your recipe.


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