Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Recipe for Simple Biscuits

Yield: 8 biscuits
Time: 20 minutes (or 60 minutes if you follow the options)


  • 1 cup/140 grams plain all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp/10 grams baking powder (make sure it is fresh)
  • 1/4 tsp/1 1/2 grams table salt
  • 2 TBSP frozen grated butter (grated on large holes of box grater)
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) cold 1% milk plus a dab for brushing the tops


  • Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
  • Sift the flour, salt and baking powder three times.
  • Optional: place sifted ingredients in refrigerator for 20 minutes to chill.
  • To the sifted dry ingredients, rub in the grated butter until the mix looks like a mix of large sand pieces and pea sized pieces.
  • Add the milk to the bowl with the dry ingredient/butter mixture and mix with hands until a sticky dough is formed.
  • Turn dough out on to a floured surface and sprinkle the top with flour.
  • Gently knead a few times, then fold into thirds several times, gently pressing out between folds.
  • Pat dough out into an approximately 6 x 4 inch rectangle.
  • Using a floured biscuit cutter (approximately 2 inches) cut 4-5 biscuits pressing down, not twisting.
  • Reform dough and cut out 2 more biscuits.
  • Use scraps to form final biscuit.
  • Place biscuits in baking pan.
  • Optional: place formed biscuits into refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  • Brush top of biscuits with milk and then bake for approximately 10 minutes.
  • Serve warm.  Can be cooled to room temperature and stored in freezer bag in freezer.
  • Reheat briefly.
Daring Bakers January 2012