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Cookbook Giveaway: Southern Biscuits

Flaky Appetizer Cream Cheese Biscuits are made with three ingredients, cream cheese, butter and flour, and come together easily in the food processor. Photograph by Rick McKee

Light and flaky, rich and moist, crumbly, silky, buttery, savory: Yes, there are a lot of biscuits out there, and I can’t think of a more fun summer project than exploring them all, baking up batch after batch for picnics, potlucks, grill-outs and backyard barbecues. With Southern Biscuits, by Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart, perfect recipes and techniques for a whole slew of biscuits are delivered in one beautiful cookbook.

They begin with an invaluable “Biscuit Basics” chapter – my biscuits will never be the same now that I know the importance of low-gluten flour, the difference between fats, eight different methods for shaping biscuit dough and more. The recipes start with easy biscuits, requiring only a few ingredients and simple steps, and then dive into traditional biscuits, requiring more ingredients (butter, lard, oh my!) and a little more love. But the truth is, even though baking biscuits is an old-time tradition, they’re surprisingly quick and easy to make and deserve a place in everyone’s modern, busy lifestyle.

These beauitiful biscuits can be made with mashed sweet potatoes or pumpkin puree. They can be sweet, with the icing, or savory, great for sandwiches. Photograph by Rick McKee

So, start baking more biscuits! Here are some recipes from Southern Biscuits to get you rolling:

White Lily Sweet Cake Biscuits make the perfect base for strawberry shortcake – just serve with berries and fluffy whipped cream. Photograph by Rick McKee

And, we’re giving away one copy of the book! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling us how you like to eat biscuits. With jam, butter, gravy? We want to know!

You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate back with you if you’re a winner. (But do not post your email address into the actual body of the comment.) We’re giving one copy away to one very lucky, randomly selected commenter.

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 4:00 p.m. ET on July 14th and 5:00 p.m. ET on July 15th. Subject to full Official Rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $21.99. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a/ Cooking Channel, 75 9th Ave., New York, NY 10011.

So tell us, what’s your favorite biscuit topping?

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