Yup! It is like that!
This was the last time that I will be able to use my oven in a while due to the kitchen renovations. So obviously I had to make biscuits. These Buttermilk Parmesan Biscuits are deliciously flaky and moist. I love the bits of salty and tangy parmesan cheese that is layered throughout.
So ummmmm I’m gonna get heavy for the rest of the post. But I think that I have to come clean about why I’ve been so sporadic with my posting. I started this blog because my grandmother and I started to cook a lot more together. I just had Jonathan, so I had to eat more than ramen and pop tarts. I needed to consult a pro. she started with fried chicken and biscuits- then moved on to oxtails and rice and peas. She was patient. She was kind when I made super tough biscuits. She was love.
My mom got me ready for college life but my grandma taught me so much more. So every time we would get in the kitchen together she would encourage me to take more pictures and try new things. And here we are today.
I have really have been struggling for the last few months with something kinda big. I have delayed even talking about what has been going on. But everything became amazingly clear last Friday. I took my grandma to the hospital to see her Doctor to begin treatment for cancer. She has lungs cancer. Now keep in mind she isn’t a smoker. hasn’t been around smoke in over 40 years.
When she first got the diagnosis I was in disbelief. I thought not her. It can’t be real. And if I don’t accept it then it can’t be real- right? That is how it works- right?
So I’ve been trying to find the words for a really long time now. For months really. I have found it hard to type. I have found it hard to cook. Everything was filled with fear. Then the other day she and I were having a conversation and she asked me to do her a favor. She wanted me to do whatever I have to do to have a life filled with new experiences. She reminded me that she has no time fore regrets.
My grandma is one of those people that doesn’t dwell on bad things for very long. She let’s it go fairly quickly. She loves to laugh and dance. She taught me how to do the twist in elementary school for a talent show. I remember while everyone else was doing the running man I was doing the twist. My friends laughed at me so badly. But I didn’t care because more importantly my grandma cheered and clapped.
I felt like I had accomplish something important— vital even when she would say good job baby. Anything I did, she thought it was amazing. That is the magic of my grandmother. She is profoundly direct and loyal. She is kind and unbelievable forgiving. She is everything I ever wanted to be. She is all I could have asked for in life.
So it felt right to make a new biscuit as we start this new journey. We had them start out of the oven with apricot jam. It was perfect. It was love. I hope you guys make these soon and let me know how you like them.
- 1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
- 2 1/2 Cup All-Purpose Flour plus more for dusting
- 2 Tablespoon Baking Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Sugar
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Cup Buttermilk
- 8 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter
Preheat oven to 425.
Grate the frozen butter. Store in the fridge or freezer until the very last minute. Sift flour, baking powder, sugar, cheese and salt into a large mixing bowl. Cut butter into the flour until the mixture resembles rough crumbs. Return dough to bowl, add buttermilk and stir with a fork until it forms a rough ball (don’t worry if it is a little sticky).
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and roll it into a rough rectangle, about an inch thick. Fold it over and gently roll it down again. Repeat 6 times.
Gently roll out the dough some more, so that it forms a rectangle. Cut dough into biscuits using a floured glass or biscuit cutter. Do not twist cutter when cutting; this will crimps the edges of the biscuit causing it not to rise. If you have scraps just reform a rectangle and cut additional biscuits.
Place biscuits on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown, approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Serves 6 to 8.
If you like a extra buttery top:
Melt 2 table spoons butter and brush the top of the biscuits 2 minutes before they come out the oven.