Makes 10 to 12 biscuits
Makes 10 to 12 biscuits
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold (1 stick)
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Mix together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt on a clean counter
- Cut the stick of butter into flour mixture until it is pea-sized. Make a well in the dough and pour in the buttermilk.
- Gently knead the dough until it comes together. It should be on the sticky side. Fold the dough about 3 to 4 times to create layers and very gently press the dough out.
- Using a round biscuit cutter to cut out circles. Place on baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.
1. Use Cold Ingredients
The butter should be cold and the buttermilk should be cold. The cold butter melts in the oven and creates pockets which become flaky, tender bites in the biscuit. If the butter or buttermilk is too warm the dough will become homogeneous and therefore less flaky.
Too much mixing develops gluten in the flour and softens the butter. While gluten is a good thing in bread dough because you need that elasticity, in biscuits it makes a tough, hard product. When in doubt, undermixing is better.
3. Make a Moist Dough
A moist dough makes a moist biscuit. If the dough is dry the biscuit will be dry too. Don't be afraid to add more buttermilk to the recipe above if you feel the dough is not sticky enough.
4. Hand Mix and Press Out Dough
I cannot stress this enough. Mixers and food processors are great for many things but you risk developing too much gluten if you use these devices for biscuits. Use your hands to gently combine the ingredients and then press the dough out with your fingers (not a rolling pin).
5. Bake in a Hot Oven
High heat activates the leavening agent in baking powder and enables the biscuits to rise high, quickly. A cold oven will not give the biscuits the lift they need. For me a hot oven is 400 F. For you, it might be 425. Try out a recipe you are familiar with first to determine if you are oven is running cool. Don't be afraid to elevate the temperature if needed.
|Mix dry ingredients together and cut butter in until pea sized.|
|Make a well and add the cold buttermilk.|
|Press the dough out gently using your fingers.|
|Place cut biscuits on baking sheet with ample room between.|
|Enjoy a fluffy hot biscuit!|