Baking Powder Biscuits

Baking Powder Biscuits

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter
  • 2/3 - 3/4 cup cold, whole milk or buttermilk

Preheat the oven to 450 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.  Use a pastry cutter to cut in 6 tablespoons butter until crumbly.  (If you want to add grated cheese and/or herbs, add those now.)  Stir in the milk just until moistened and use your hands to gather it up into a craggy dough, but don't overwork the dough.

On a lightly floured surface, gently pat the dough out to 1 inch thick.  Cut into rounds with a biscuit cutter (my preferred size is 2 1/4 inches) trying to cut as many biscuits as you can the first time, then gather up the scraps and cut those as well (the scrap biscuits don't bake quite as prettily, but are always tasty).  You should be able to cut about 8-9 biscuits.

Place on the parchment-lined baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 13-15 minutes.

Melt the remaining two tablespoons butter in a small bowl and brush over the tops of the biscuits as soon as you take them out of the oven.  Serve immediately.

Yields 8-9 biscuits

Recipe from Curly Girl Kitchen