Monday, December 20, 2010

Perfect Biscuits

Being that I grew up in the South I have a deep respect for warm flaky layered yummy biscuits. I just never knew how to make them... besides making the frozen already made kind at the store. This biscuit recipe made me a super star at my house. Mr.Perfect and Trouble are spoiled rotten biscuit connoisseurs that will not stand for anything less than these simply perfect babies.

What you need is:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt ( I like more and sometimes use a full teaspoon...shhh!)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup milk
What you do is:
  1. In a small bowl, combine the flower, baking powder, sugar, and salt. 
  2. Use a pastry blender and cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles cornmeal. By the way if you don't have a pastry blender you can use a fork but it takes looonger.
  3. In a separate bowl/cup/whatever beat the egg with milk then stir into the flour mixture until just moist. DO NOT OVER MIX! This is super duper important, just gently mix it together.
  4. Dump out the dough onto a well flowered surface and knead the dough about 5 times. Thats right 5 times! You go kneading this dough 6 or 7 times and the whole thing won't work.
  5. Now listen, this is how I get the LAYERS in the biscuts: Gently roll the dough with a floured roller into a rectangle (or square) then fold in half again and roll then fold and roll and fold and roll. You got it?
  6. In the end the rolled dough should be about 3/4 in. thick. Cut with a floured biscuit cutter. Use a real biscuit cutter people, the sharp cut allows the biscuit to rise up properly and be the best biscuit it can be!
  7. Place these babies on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 450 degrees F for 8-10 minutes. Biscuit tops should be golden. 
  8. EAT!! Eat them with butter, eat them with jam, eat them with gravy, eat them with ham, or you can eat them with my favorite biscuit condiment... fig preserves... oh it's HEAVEN!


  1. Oh I LOVE proper flaky biscuits like this - they are just the perfect comfort food! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe - I can't wait to give them a try. And thank you for sharing it with Let's Do Brunch - hope to see you there again tomorrow!

  2. i did it! i really did it!! omg! i have to tell you that you have really blessed my heart. i have tried all kinds of biscuit recipes over the years and had determined that i was just not a biscuit maker. well, i decided to try your recipe/method and give it another shot. THEY TURNED OUT PERFECT! it was a bittersweet moment for me because my kneejerk reaction was wanting to call my mom and tell her about it... but i lost my mom in may 3009, so i can't. i know, she's with me, i know she's proud of me, i know she knows about the biscuits, etc. and i'm not making light of it all. but it's not the same. but she would have thoroughly enjoyed these biscuits! and i was smiling through the tears as i ate them! {{{hugs}}}

    1. Oh Green Granny, I'm so happy you're a biscuit maker now! I'm sure your Mom is smiling down at your delicious success. I love these biscuits with all my heart too!

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