Process Analysis Sample Essay

How to Make Perfect Biscuits

    Because I grew up on a farm, I grew up eating homemade biscuits with fresh butter and homemade preserves.  While most of my classmates had more money than I, no one had more culinary delights.  My grandmother died before I learned how she made biscuits, and my mother's instructions never worked for me.  I decided I'd start from the ground up and learn to make delicious biscuits for my own family to enjoy.  I was lucky because homemade biscuits are really simple if you are willing to spend about 20 minutes making them.  To start, preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.  You will need 3 cups of all purpose flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 3 teaspoons salt, 2 teaspoons baking soda, 3 tablespoons sugar, 6 tablespoons butter, and 1 and 1/2 cups buttermilk.  In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients.  Next, dice the butter into small cubes and, using a  pastry knife, cut it into the dry mixture.  Once the butter is cut into the flour, add the buttermilk.  Mix well using a wooden spoon or, better yet, a clean hand.  Sprinkle flour over a flat surface and place biscuit dough on the flour.  Shape dough into a disk about an inch thick.  Pat the top to flatten.  Using a biscuit cutter, cut biscuits and place them on a cookie sheet.  Combine remaining bits of dough and continue cutting biscuits until you run out of dough.  Bake biscuits in the oven for 12-15 minutes, until golden on top.  Allow biscuits to stand at room temperature about 2 minutes before serving with fresh butter and the jam of your choice.  This recipe makes about 10 biscuits.  Bon appetite!