Biscuits

Biscuits

Ready in Skill Level 2

Description

Tender, buttery and flaky, these biscuits will be a welcome addition to your breakfast with a little honey or jam, or as a side to accompany soups and stews, fried chicken, chili, roast and more! These baking powder biscuits are quick to make and use ingredients typically on-hand.

Ingredients

US Ingredient Metric
2 cups all-purpose flour 280 g
4 teaspoons baking powder 20 g
1 teaspoon white sugar 4 g
1/2 teaspoon salt 3 g
1/2 cup butter, chilled 113 g
3/4 cup milk, chilled 175 mL

Directions

  1. ​Preheat oven to 450°F (232°C / Gas mark 8). Optionally line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl sift together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
  3. Cut the chilled butter into 1/2 inch (1.3 cm) cubes and work into dry ingredients using a pastry blender or fork, until the mixture resembles course crumbs.
  4. Form a well in the center of your mixture and pour in the chilled milk. Stir only until the dough comes together, using your hands may work best. Dough will be sticky.
  5. Turn out your dough onto a lightly floured surface and pat, or roll out to a thickness of approximately 3/4 to 1 inch (2 to 2.5 cm).
  6. Cut out biscuits with a 2 inch (5 cm) cutter, being sure to push straight down through the dough (do not turn/rotate the cutter as you cut through). Place the cut rounds onto baking sheet spaced out about 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart. Reform any scrap dough, working it as little as possible and continue cutting.
  7. Bake biscuits for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove and let stand for 2 minutes before enjoying.

Tips & Tricks

  1. It’s important that the butter and milk is cold. The flaky texture of the biscuit is made when the chilled butter melts during cooking, leaving the void it previously occupied.
  2. When handling the dough with hands, work quickly and handle only as much as required, as your hands will begin to soften the butter.

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