Making biscuits is a delicious and straightforward process. Here’s a classic recipe for basic homemade biscuits:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
- 3/4 cup cold milk (whole milk or buttermilk works well)
- Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt until well combined.
- Add the cold butter cubes to the dry ingredients. Using a pastry blender or your fingers, cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. The butter should be evenly distributed and not melted.
- Pour the cold milk into the flour mixture and stir until the dough just comes together. Be careful not to overmix; the dough should be slightly sticky but not too wet.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Gently knead the dough a few times until it’s smooth and holds its shape.
- Roll out the dough to about 1/2 inch (1.3 cm) thickness. You can use a floured rolling pin or press the dough down with your hands.
- Use a biscuit cutter or a glass dipped in flour to cut out biscuits. Press straight down without twisting the cutter to ensure even rising during baking. Gather the dough scraps, re-roll, and cut out more biscuits until you’ve used all the dough.
- Place the biscuits on the prepared baking sheet, leaving a small space between each one for slight spreading.
- Optional step for extra browning and flavor: Brush the tops of the biscuits with a little melted butter or milk.
- Bake the biscuits in the preheated oven for about 12 to 15 minutes or until they are golden brown on top.
- Remove the biscuits from the oven and let them cool slightly before serving.
You can enjoy biscuits on their own, or you can serve them with butter, jam, honey, gravy, or any topping of your choice. They’re perfect for breakfast, brunch, or as a side to soups and stews. Enjoy your homemade biscuits!