Reduced-Fat Buttermilk Biscuits
From Cook's Country
We eliminated shortening from our Reduced-Fat Buttermilk Biscuits because it adds little in terms of flavor and it’s more caloric than butter. Ultimately, a combination of butter and neufchatel (one-third fat reduced cream cheese) provided enough buttery flavor and tenderness to distinguish the biscuits from rolls, while reducing the fat of each biscuit by almost two-thirds. Our full-fat, original recipe used 2 percent buttermilk, but when we replaced it with fat-free buttermilk, tasters barely even noticed.
For a final comparison, a traditional biscuit has 220 calories, 12g of fat, and 7g of saturated fat per biscuit. Our reduced-fat version has 160 calories, 4.5g of fat, and 3g of saturated fat per biscuit.
Underbaked, these biscuits are gummy. Check under a biscuit after 17 minutes. If the underside is still pale, bake up to 3 minutes more until golden brown on top and bottom.
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