I think it was probably a summer or two ago when we found the blue bag of buttermilk biscuits in the freezer section of our local wholesale club. I bought them thinking, they must be better than the biscuits from a can. And flavor-wise, I’d say they were. But then I realized they were kind of expensive and probably not all that great for us. But we do love a good buttermilk biscuit. And you know I do love having my freezer filled with quick and easy breakfasts for busy mornings.
So when I saw these Freezer Biscuits pinned on Pinterest, I knew I must try them right away! Our first batch disappeared in a flash it seems. But I wanted to make them healthier so I substituted half the flour with whole wheat flour. Success! While they do have a slight whole wheat flavor, my family has gobbled them up. I think I’ve made two more batches in just the last few weeks. I know these call for shortening or butter and I’ve been using shortening. My experience with baking biscuits is that shortening helps with the fluffy layers. But I do plan to experiment with the butter sometime soon. I’ll keep ou posted on the results. These are just so yummy AND easy, I couldn’t wait to share. Oh! And I did the math on all the ingredients and making them from scratch is exactly HALF of what the pre-made version costs. I hope you enjoy them too!
WHOLE WHEAT FREEZR BISCUITS
Recipe adapted from Frugal Antics of A Harried Homemaker blog
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp salt
3 tsp baking powder
1 cup shortening or butter or combination of both
1 envelope yeast
2 Tbsp warm water
2 cups buttermilk
In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Cut the shortening into the flour with a pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse sand. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Add both the yeast water and the buttermilk to the flour. Knead the dough until it is no longer sticky and feels elastic. Roll out to about 1/2-inch thickness. Using a bisuit or cookie cutter, cut into circles and place on a baking sheet. I like to line mine with wax paper or a silicone sheet to help make them easier to remove.
Freeze until hard and then place into a freezer container. Don’t forget to label and date your container! I like to put the baking instructions on the label too so anyone can make them. We use our toaster oven to bake up a few. To make, bake at 425 degrees until tops are light brown. The original recipe says about 15 minutes but I have found it’s about 20-22 minutes for the whole wheat. You can bake these either frozen or unfrozen. If you let them thaw, they will rise a bit because of the yeast.