Homemade Biscuits


Posted: October 28

Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 10 servings

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Is there ever a wrong time to enjoy Homemade Biscuits? Is there any meal where flaky, buttery, fluffy biscuits wouldn't fit? Obviously, the answer to that question is no. Homemade Biscuits pair well with everything, whether you want a buttered bite with your eggs and bacon or a dipper for pan sauces and juices. Before you know it, you'll be serving them with every meal... and you won't hear any complaints!


Ingredients

• 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour • 1 tablespoon aluminum-free baking powder • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, very cold • 1 cup buttermilk, cold • 1 tablespoon butter, optional, melted

Directions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Step 2

Prepare a baking tray using either parchment paper or a reusable silicone baking mat, if you have one.

Step 3

In a mixing bowl or stand mixer, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until all of the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.

Step 4

Next, cut the 7 tablespoons of cold butter into cubes. Try to keep the butter as cold as possible, as cold butter will impart a better texture and flavor to the dough and more flaky layers to the biscuits. If it starts to soften too much, pop it back into the fridge or freezer until it cools down again.

Step 5

Add the cold butter cubes into the flour mixture and mix with a pastry cutter until there are only small clumps, around the same size as peas.

Step 6

Create a small well in the center of the flour mixture, and pour the buttermilk into the well.

Step 7

Fold the buttermilk into the mixture using a spatula until just combined.

Step 8

Lightly press the dough to bring it together completely and then drop it onto a lightly floured flat surface.

Step 9

Roll out the dough into a large rectangle shape, about 10x9 inches.

Step 10

Next, fold the dough in half and repeat the process a few more times. This folding, called laminating the dough, helps layer the butter to ensure a rich, flaky taste throughout. The shape of the final rectangle should be around 9x4 inches and about 1 inch in thickness.

Step 11

Using a round cutter, punch about 8 rounds in the dough.

Step 12

Transfer the biscuit dough to your previously prepared baking tray, leaving enough room between them for the biscuits to expand in the oven.

Step 13

Use the dough scraps to roll and fold out more biscuits, placing them on the baking tray in the same way.

Step 14

Then, bake the biscuits in the oven until they are golden-brown, about 11-13 minutes.

Step 15

Brush the tops of the biscuits with melted butter for some added flavor.

Step 16

Serve warm.


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