How to Make Biscuits

What's better than a biscuit hot from the oven? Make a batch tonight with this easy recipe.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Preheat oven Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Step 2: Mix dry ingredients Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl.
  • Step 3: Add butter Mix the butter pieces into the flour mixture with your fingers until the texture is coarse.
  • Step 4: Add buttermilk Stir in the buttermilk with a fork until the mixture is a moist, sticky dough.
  • Step 5: Knead the dough Turn the dough onto a flat, lightly floured surface and knead it gently a few times. Then, flatten it with your hands and a lightly floured rolling pin until it's an even half-inch thick.
  • Step 6: Cut out rounds Using a lightly floured biscuit cutter, cut out as many rounds as you can. Put them on an ungreased baking sheet, spaced two inches apart. Then re-knead the leftover dough so you can squeeze out a few more.
  • TIP: If you don't care about uniformity, just cut out rectangular sections of the dough with a floured knife.
  • Step 7: Glaze the tops Brush the tops of the biscuits lightly with the beaten egg.
  • Step 8: Bake Bake until golden brown on top, about 15 minutes. Serve warm with lots of butter!
  • FACT: In England, "biscuit" refers to a cookie, not a bread roll.

You Will Need

  • 3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1u00bd tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. baking powder
  • u00bd tbsp. salt
  • u00bd tsp. baking soda
  • 1u00bd sticks chilled unsalted butter
  • cut into u00bc-inch pieces
  • 1u00bc c. cold
  • well-shaken buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • beaten
  • A rolling pin
  • A biscuit cutter
  • A cookie sheet
  • A pastry brush

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