The butteriest, fluffiest, tallest vegan biscuits smothered in life changing white gravy with shiitakes and garlic.
Make the biscuit dough first. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder. Then stir in the sugar and salt.
Then, whisk together the non dairy milk and apple cider vinegar. Set aside to let it thicken.(don't add it yet)
Next, cut the butter or break it up into small pieces and add the pieces of the cold vegan butter to the dry ingredients. Now, using a pastry cutter or fork, press the cold butter in to the flour(cut it in) until it looks crumbly.
Then, pour the non dairy milk/apple cider vinegar mixture into the biscuit mixture. Stir to fully combine.
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, put a bit more flour on top of the dough. The dough will be a bit sticky, so add as much flour as you need so it isn't sticking to anything.
Fold the dough over a few times and press it out so that is is about a 1 1/2 inches-2 inches tall rectangle. Now, let the dough rest for 30 minutes.
When ready, preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Fold the dough over one more time, adding additional flour if needed. Press back out to a 1 1/2-2 inches tall rectangle. Then cut the dough into circles, however large you want them. Any excess dough can be reshaped and cut into another biscuit.
Place each biscuit on a baking sheet sprayed with non stick spray. I like to put them right up against each other, it helps them rise.
Bake the biscuits at 425 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Or until golden brown. I like to brush the tops with more vegan butter to help them brown.
While the biscuits are baking, make the gravy. Heat the olive oil in a large non stick or cast iron skillet on medium high. Add the chopped garlic and sliced shiitakes. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
Saute the mushrooms, for 5-10 minutes or until they are lightly browned. Remove from the pan and set aside.
Now, in that skillet, reduce heat to medium, melt the vegan butter, then whisk in the flour to form a paste(roux).
Then, whisk in the non dairy milk until the roux is completely incorporated and there are no lumps. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat as needed. It will start to thicken. Continue to whisk. Season with a few pinches of salt and pepper and a pinch of cayenne.
Once the gravy is nice and thick, this will only take a minute or two. Add the sauteed mushrooms and garlic into the gravy. Stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning.
Once the biscuits and gravy are done, cut open a biscuit on a plate and top with the gravy. Serve immediately!
This will make about 4-6 large biscuits.