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I’m so Southern I drawl when I dream, so a honey and biscuits gift basket is a perfect match for this Southern girl. I think a gift basket should reflect the individual giving it as well as being a good match for the person receiving it. This is a great gift for anyone, I think. I mean, honey….how can you ever go wrong?
To create this gift basket I assembled some holiday themed kitchen items that I picked up at WalMart. I poured the dry ingredients of a homemade biscuit mix into a clear bag and wrote the recipe on the back of the tag.
Southern Buttermilk Biscuits
- 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter very cold
- 1 cup buttermilk
- Preheat your oven to 450°F.
- Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl, or in the bowl of a food processor.
- Cut the butter into chunks and cut into the flour until it resembles course meal.
- If using a food processor, just pulse a few times until this consistency is achieved.
- Add the buttermilk and mix JUST until combined.
- If it appears on the dry side, add a bit more buttermilk. It should be very wet.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured board.
- Gently, gently PAT (do NOT roll with a rolling pin) the dough out until it's about 1/2" thick. Fold the dough about 5 times, gently press the dough down to a 1 inch thick.
- Use a round cutter to cut into rounds.
- You can gently knead the scraps together and make a few more, but they will not be anywhere near as good as the first ones.
- Place the biscuits on a cookie sheet- if you like soft sides, put them touching each other.
- If you like"crusty" sides, put them about 1 inch apart- these will not rise as high as the biscuits put close together.
- Bake for about 10-12 minutes- the biscuits will be a beautiful light golden brown on top and bottom.
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- Do not overbake.
- Note: The key to real biscuits is not in the ingredients, but in the handling of the dough.
- The dough must be handled as little as possible or you will have tough biscuits.
- I have found that a food processor produces superior biscuits, because the ingredients stay colder and there's less chance of overmixing.
- You also must pat the dough out with your hands, lightly.
- Rolling with a rolling pin is a guaranteed way to overstimulate the gluten, resulting in a tougher biscuit.
- Note 2: You can make these biscuits, cut them, put them on cookie sheets and freeze them for up to a month.
- When you want fresh biscuits, simply place them frozen on the cookie sheet and bake at 450°F for about 20 minutes.
I created tags using Scrabble-like letter tiles. Mine are self adhesive but you can add glue to the regular ones too. You can also cut tags out of cardboard and cereal boxes. I purchased a huge box of tags like the one that says “recipe” from an office supply store. There’s a lot of variety when it comes to kraft tags.
I finally used a chicken wire frame that I bought a year ago. YAY! I love the way it’s incorporated into the gift basket. It’s perfect for holding the biscuits and honey signs! I cut a piece of red felt for the top of the frame. The flowers and wooden ampersand came from my crafty stash. I used Zip Dry to stick the ampersand to the corrugated banner. I love the way it looks!
The Don Victor honey makes this gift pretty, yummy and perfect. Plus, it has an affordable price! Add a cute stuffed bear or bee and you’ve got a beary or buzz worthy gift! 😉
When you go to get this delicious Don Victor honey, you’ll find at Walmart within the Hispanic Aisle. I had no trouble finding it knowing that it was in the Hispanic aisle, so remember that’s where it is! While I was in Walmart, I picked up the basket, oven mitt, pot holder and spatula for the gift basket. They also had colored burlap, in the floral department, like the kind I wrapped around my basket. I had some already in my crafty stash but was really impressed with the options they had!
Make a beary nice gift for your honey! I couldn’t resist. Ok, this makes a great gift for your honey or anyone!
What do you like to add to your gift baskets?