More and more, I become aware that building a life together means making a combination of hefty and lightweight decisions every single day, and hoping that they’ll ultimately contribute to a life well lived.

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Flakiest Buttermilk Biscuits with Apricot Jam: On Building a Life

Flakiest Buttermilk Biscuits with Apricot Jam

Back in 2008 when Matt and I first got engaged, we had to tackle a few of the big questions that everyone does when they decide they’re going to not just share a life together, but take on the legal commitment of sharing a life together. Stuff like how we were going to handle our bank accounts moving forward, and whether or not I would change my name, hyphenate, or use my maiden name as my middle name. These things felt big to me at the time but also didn’t seem that risky. I trusted myself and I trusted Matt — even though these were big decisions, I had no trouble making them.

Flakiest Buttermilk Biscuits with Apricot Jam

We’ve since continued to build a life together, based on a foundation of both big and small decisions. And even though we often equate big decisions with bigger impact, I’ve recently started to realize (after reading this article, specifically) that sometimes the small decisions are the ones that matter most in the long-run. We tend to make seemingly insignificant ones all the time, and spend much less time pondering their significance. It was the small decision to start a little blog together that changed the course of our lives — and Matt’s career. Not to mention the many relationships we’ve built upon its existence. My bigger decision — to major in Sociology in college — has had very little impact on the direction of my life and career (despite the fact that I really quite enjoyed my major!).

Flakiest Buttermilk Biscuits with Apricot Jam

More and more, I become aware that building a life together means making a combination of hefty and lightweight decisions every single day, and hoping that they’ll ultimately contribute to a life well lived. To quote a venture capitalist (Of all people. Forgive me, I work in Silicon Valley): “We don’t have a crystal ball. But we do have a calculator.” The very best decisions we can make are the ones we can feel sure about right now — and who knows what big or small impact they’ll have in the long-run?

“And what about the biscuits?” you ask. A few calculated choices result in the flakiest, tenderest ones. There’s no decision to be made here.

Flakiest Buttermilk Biscuits with Apricot Jam

Tara O’Brady’s Best Biscuits (Whole Wheat)
adapted from Seven Spoons

1 cup of all-purpose flour
1 cup of whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 tablespoon of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
1 tablespoon of turbinado sugar
1/2 cup of cold, unsalted butter, diced
1/4 cup of plain yogurt (preferably whole milk)
1/4 cup of buttermilk
1 large egg
melted butter, for brushing the biscuits

1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar in a large bowl and whisk together.
3. Add the butter to the bowl and rub it into the dry ingredients using your fingers, until your butter starts to flake and is well-incorporated into the flour.
4. Combine the egg, yogurt, and buttermilk in a small bowl and whisk together with a fork. Create a well in the center of the dried ingredients and pour the wet mixture into the center. Use the fork to mix everything together, until the dough is barely incorporated and still scraggly.
5. Transfer the mixture to a cutting board or pastry board and use your hands to fold the dough over itself, turn it, and then fold over again. Repeat this process until the flour has been incorporated and your dough is fairly smooth and about 3/4 inch thick.
6. Use a biscuit cutter to cut the dough into roughly 6 pieces. Don’t re-roll the scraps but rather, collect them into biscuit-like shapes.
7. Place the biscuits flat-side up and bake for about 15 minutes before brushing the tops with butter and baking for another minute or two. The biscuits are ready when their tops are golden. Serve warm.

This is my favorite apricot jam recipe. It’s delicious with or without the addition of the vanilla bean. Blenheim apricots are really the crown jewels here. And if you don’t want to make it at home

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Posted by Kasey

Kasey is the food editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. She loves dark chocolate, warm crusty bread, and traveling to new places. She speaks Russian, but does not like vodka.

  • Oh, this is so true Kasey. There are those tiny little moments and choices that we make in the moment that we sometimes have the power to ripple beyond anything we could imagine. As I look to some of the big wedding/life decisions that we have to make in the next few months, I’m going to come back to this post time and time again. Plus biscuits, duh.

  • Now you have me wishing the weather would cool down here in SoCal so that I could make biscuits!

  • tea_austen

    Best of luck with the decisions! (I may know what you’re talking about here). You know how it ended up for me 🙂
    Tara

  • Heather Christo

    gorgeous biscuits Kasey and best wishes with all of the little and big decisions you have coming your way 🙂

  • Thank you, Heather 🙂

  • Thanks, Tara 🙂

  • It’s always biscuit weather!

  • Isn’t it funny how we can spend so much time mulling over those big questions and overlook some pretty small, seemingly insignificant ones? Good luck on all of yours! xo

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