It’s almost overwhelming to think about all the different biscuit recipes I’ve tried. But biscuits are just one of those foods you can’t stand to have just be “good enough.” It’s got to look like a cloud on the inside, and have just the slightest crisp on the outside. It’s got to be big enough that when you separate it, each half is like a small biscuit all its own. So I searched, and I baked, and ate. Over and over and over. I gained a few pounds, but it was for my family’s sake. Yep, that’s what I’m sticking with.
Before starting this recipe, I strongly suggest taking a minute to read over my Tips for Better Baking blog. It’ll help ensure that you truly get the best homemade breakfast biscuits from scratch!
2 ½ cups all purpose flour
Sugar to taste, but no more than ¼ cup
Salt to taste, about 1 ½ teaspoons
1 ½ Tablespoons baking powder
1 stick ( ½ cup) butter
1 cup milk (or buttermilk if you prefer)
Large Mixing Bowl
Rubber Spatula, if you have one
12” cast iron skillet
1.) Grease your skillet and preheat your oven to 350°F.
2.) In a large mixing bowl, combine and mix the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder.
3.) Add butter, and incorporate until well blended, paying attention to texture (see notes above).
4.) Add milk, and slowly stir until all of the flour mixture is moistened. The mixture will be lumpy and slightly crumbly at this point.
5.) Pour the mixture out onto a floured surface, and pat it just enough to blend the dough and feel for wet spots. Flouring your hands first, pat the dough so that no wet spots remain.
6.) Fold the dough over itself and repeat, feeling for wet spots. Do not press the dough too much. It should still be a couple of inches thick all the way around.
7.) Fold over and flour as necessary a total of 4 or 5 times.
8.) Pat your dough down so that it is about 1” – 1 ¼“ thick.
9.) Flouring your biscuit cutter between uses, cut out your biscuits.
10.) Lightly press any pieces of left over dough into the biscuit cutter to form the final biscuit or two.
11.) Place biscuits in greased skillet so that they are all lightly touching.
12.) Bake for about 15 minutes, until the tops are golden brown around the edges. Every oven is different, so the first few times you make these biscuits, you may need to just keep an eye on the biscuits in the oven rather than the timer.
13.) Remove from the oven and then butter the biscuits real good!