Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins
This is probably the simplest biscuit recipe that I know. It's pretty fast to throw together and I like to top my chicken pot pies with this dough.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 6 tablespoons cold butter
- 3⁄4 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- In a large mixing bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and salt together.
- Then, using a pastry cutter or a pair of knives, a spoon, or your hands, cut the butter into the flour.
- Basically, cut the butter and mix with flour to coat and separate the pieces.
- Continue until you get pea sized pieces of butter.
- It is important that the butter be cold for this process and not begin to melt.
- If it starts to get a little mushy, you can slip it into the refrigerator for 15 minutes to firm back up a bit before continuing.
- Pour the milk in and mix gently with a spatula.
- Do not knead, just gently mix.
- (Kneading will produce gluten which will make the biscuit bread like instead of light and flaky.).
- Using your hands, form the dough into a ball once the milk has been evenly distributed through the dough.
- You might need to use a kneading action to get it into a manageable shape and to remove some dough from the sides of your container, but try not to knead too much.
- Transfer the dough to a piece of parchment paper or clean surface and roll out into a large sheet about 1/4 inch in thickness.
- Use a cup or biscuit cutter to cut rounds out of the dough.
- Do not twist the cup or cutter (unless you have already cut all the way through).
- Twisting will result in uneven or failed rising.
- Usually it's a good idea to press the top of the biscuit down a little or else you will get biscuits with rounded tops.
- Now, biscuit placement is key to getting good rise out of the biscuits.
- Place the biscuit dough circles into two 9" cake rounds or onto a half sheet pan.
- Have the biscuits just touching.
- This should give enough air between the biscuits to allow even heating, but not so much space that the biscuits spread out when they rise.
- Bake in a 425°F oven until golden (about 15 minutes).
Easy & yummy! Used these biscuits for 'Pigs in a blanket' for the kiddos. Everyone liked them!