Homey, fresh baked biscuits are a staple of breakfast and brunch menus, whether smeared with sweet preserves or topped with creamy gravy. The secret to tender, flaky biscuits? When cutting the butter into the flour, work quickly so it doesn’t melt too much before you put the biscuits in the oven. And don’t overmix the dough.
The old-fashioned biscuits below can be rolled and cut out into any shape. Round is the classic form, but you can also roll out the dough into a rectangle and cut the biscuits into squares. This way, there are no dough scraps to reroll.
Try this classic recipe for baking powder biscuits, or scroll to the bottom of this post for more unique flavor combinations.
Baking Powder Biscuits
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
6 Tbs. cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
3/4 cup whole milk
|Stir together the dry ingredients
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a half-sheet pan with parchment paper or butter the pan lightly. In a bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt.
|Incorporate the butter
Add the butter pieces to the flour mixture. Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in the butter just until the mixture forms large, coarse crumbs the size of small peas.
|Pour in the milk
Pour in the milk and mix with a fork or silicone spatula just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Take care not to overmix the batter, which could create tough biscuits.
|Shape the dough into a round
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead gently a few times until it clings together. Using a light touch, roll or pat out the dough into a round about 3/4 inch thick.
|Cut out the biscuits
Using a 3-inch round biscuit cutter with straight or fluted sides, cut out dough rounds, pressing straight down and lifting straight up.
|Bake the biscuits
Bake the biscuits until lightly browned, 15 to 18 minutes. Serve the biscuits right away, or let them cool slightly on a wire rack before serving. Makes about 10 biscuits.
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