Buttermilk Biscuits with Garlic and Sage

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There is nothing like homemade biscuits flavored with herbs and garlic.Click To Enlarge

There is nothing like homemade biscuits flavored with herbs and garlic.

Photo: Susan Belsinger

Makes about 1 dozen biscuits

1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
1 cup whole-wheat flour or wheat germ
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons honey or sorghum
4 tablespoons butter
1 generous teaspoon dried sage, crumbled
1 clove garlic, finely minced or pressed
7/8 cup nonfat or 1 1/2% fat buttermilk

Use whatever herb you like best, thyme, rosemary, chives and savory are all good choices.  These are a fast, quick-bread to make, and it is a good project for children.  If you don't prefer whole-wheat flour, use all unbleached. In the spring, it is wonderful to use chopped green garlic in place of the garlic clove.

Preheat oven to 400º F.  Lightly oil a baking sheet.

In a non-reactive bowl, combine the flour, whole-wheat flour or wheat germ, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and sugar.  Cut the butter into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter or 2 knives, until it is a coarse meal.  

Stir the sage and garlic into the buttermilk, blending well.  Pour the buttermilk into the dry ingredients and stir until just blended.  Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured pastry marble or board.  Gather the dough together and knead it into a smooth ball.

Roll the dough out gently with a floured rolling pin until it is about 3/4-inch thick.  With a sharp knife or a pizza cutter, cut the dough into about 2 x 2-inch squares or 1 1/2 x 2 1/2-inch diamonds.  Place the biscuits on the baking sheet.  Bake them in a preheated oven for about 18 to 20 minutes, until they are just beginning to turn golden brown.  Serve hot.

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