Tasty Tuesday: Basic Biscuits

I don’t know about you, but I love a good biscuit.  Flaky or fluffy, I’m a fan either way.  My mom always made biscuits from scratch, so I am partial to the particular recipe that she used.  Biscuits only have a handful of ingredients and take a few minutes to pull together, so I made a batch for our Christmas day meal.  Actually, I should say my Christmas day meal.  Chris went for the stuffing and I went for the biscuits…we were both quite pleased.

I made this particular batch of biscuits more on the fluffy side.  It’s easy to achieve a thicker, flaky biscuit though.  You just spend less time blending in the butter and you don’t roll the dough out as flat.  But, we’re getting into the details before the recipe, aren’t we?

Basic Biscuits
(from The Joy of Cooking)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 TBS cold butter
  • 3/4 cup milk

INSTRUCTIONS:

Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.  Then cut your butter (the colder the better) into the flour mixture using a pastry blender (or a fork).

If you like flaky biscuits, leave larger chunks of butter that are about pea-sized, with the rest of the mixture looking like bread crumbs.  If you want fluffier biscuits, blend the butter a bit more until it looks like this mixture:

Using a rubber spatula, stir in the milk and create a ball of dough.

Press the dough out onto a floured surface (I was making only half a batch here, so imagine having twice the dough) and cut into biscuit shapes.  If you don’t have a round cookie cutter, it’s cool, just cut it into squares.  Oh, and I don’t roll the dough out.  I basically just press it until it is the thickness I desire.

Again, if you want flaky biscuits, don’t press your dough out as much as I did here. For flaky biscuits, thicker equals better.

I like to bake my biscuits on my pizza stone, but a greased cookie sheet will work just as well.  Bake ’em at 450 degrees for 10-12 minutes and you’ll have your very own biscuit goodness.

Do you like biscuits too?  Do you like them flaky or fluffy?  Have you made them from scratch?  Share all the biscuit dirt, people.

3 comments

  1. Allison says:

    My mouth is watering looking at these biscuits. I will have to make these for my husband. He loves fluffy biscuits fresh out of the oven with a little honey on top. They would be great with a home cooked pot of chili or soup. Thanks for your recipe, Erin.

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