Most likely you are still enjoying the soup days of winter. These layered, flaky Dill Ricotta Biscuits are the perfect pair for your simmering dinner.
I love making soup for the zone I get into. Chopping veggies, bits of herbs and adding all the flavors is calming for me. I’ll even do it to procrastinate the rest of my life responsibilities! Typically a fresh baguette or even a crouton or two (or more than a few!) are good to serve along with it.
I have a bit of a weakness for bread. Pretty much any kind will do! These biscuits with a bit of butter are genius with any soup. And fill the quota for bread like a charm.
I added ricotta to the biscuits to add lightness to the texture. And the milk solids help the biscuits achieve a lovely golden brown color while cooking. The biscuits are made using the basic blending method of cutting the butter into the flour and leavening and gently mixing in the liquid and ricotta.
Don’t over mix the dough and pat it out on your work surface to cut. Over mixing will create a tough biscuit because the gluten in the flour has more of a chance to develop.
The gorgeous layers and flakiness come from the bits of butter melting and creating little steam pockets as the biscuits cook.
For photo-worthy biscuits, here is a trick I’ve learned from my years in food styling: When you cut each biscuit with a round cutter, don’t twist and turn. Cut straight down and lift straight up. This keeps the layers separated on the sides and allows the biscuit to rise straight up to the sky as it bakes, instead of collapsing to one side or the other from the little twists during cutting.
- 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1½ tsp salt
- ½ cup (1 stick) butter, cut up
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup part-skim ricotta
- 3 tbsp chopped fresh dill
- Heat oven to 375°F. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles small peas. In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, ricotta and dill; stir into flour mixture. On a lightly floured surface with floured hands, pat out dough to 1-inch thickness.
- Using a 3-inch biscuit cutter, cut out biscuits. Push together dough scraps and shape into more biscuits. Place biscuits, 1 inch apart, on a baking sheet.
- Bake until puffed and golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer sheet to a wire rack and let cool slightly. Serve warm.
Recipe Tara Bench
Photography Blaine Moats
Prop Stylist Carol Linnan
Originally publishes Ladies’ Home Journal February 2008