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Biscuits - making ahead

I have not made biscuits before and am wondering how they fair when made in advance. I'd like to make them on Tuesday to serve on Thanksgiving, but is this a bad idea? Will they end up too mushy?

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  1. no more than likely they would wind up to hard and dried out. biscuits doesn`t take very long to bake, so I would them on the holiday, no more than a hour before you eat.

    1. Biscuits are best served right out of the oven. I usually make biscuits for an evening meal, and eat the leftovers the next morning. The leftovers are definitely on the stale side, though warming them a bit does help. A richer dough such as scones (with added sugar and eggs) keeps better.

      If you haven't made biscuits before (baking powder, southern style ones, right?), I don't think it is a good idea to try them for your Thanksgiving meal. I just made a batch of oatmeal scones from a new recipe, and found I had to think on my feet to get the consistency right - and I've been around biscuit making all my life. More so than muffins, biscuit making is about technique.

      paulj

      1. I will concur about not making biscuits in advance. You'll wind up with hockey pucks.

        To lighten the load, I pre-mix the flour, soda, salt and butter/shortening, place in a container and refrigerate till needed. Then add the milk right before you need to bake them.

        Might not be a great solutions, but hope it can help some.

        1. ditto, ditto, ditto.

          funny story: i made biscuits once to enter in the local fair. of course, judging takes place a couple days after product is dropped off. i won third place! thing is, there were no other entries!
          i still laugh about that! (and i do make good biscuits, having learned from my mommy!)

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          1. re: alkapal

            too funny.... but so unfair!!!!! how do they justify that?! geez, remind never to make biscuits in your neck of the woods!

            1. re: alex8alot

              alex8alot, thanks for the commiseration. yeah, it was a bit disappointing when i was 15. i've gotten past that tragic miscarriage of justice; however, i was able to perservere on to bigger and more tragic miscarriages of justice as an adult! ;-)

          2. Making biscuits in advance would be like brewing coffee in advance.