Homemade Biscuits

When I was in high school it was at the point they were starting to phase out shop and home economics. We still had a pseudo-home economics class which was essentially a cooking class. I remember making cherry pie, cooking okra in different ways, and making homemade biscuits. The biscuit recipe is the only thing that has stuck around since then and it is still my go-to recipe.

The ingredients are all things you probably have in your kitchen already. You may not have Cream of Tartar, but it is available in the spice section of any grocery store. The tools for this recipe can also be very simple. Mixing bowls, a sifter, a fork, and something to cut a circle (like a can with the top cut off) are all you really need. We like to cook here, so we have some fancy gadgets that make it easier.

 

The first step in this recipe is to sift the dry ingredients. The next step is to cut in the butter. Traditionally you’d do this with a pastry cutter or a fork, but a food processor makes this so much easier and faster. Add all of the flour mixture and the butter to your food processor. (Here we’re using a processor called the Ninja Master Prep, it’s an affordable choice if you don’t need a full scale food processor.)

 

Pulse until the mixture is crumbly and all large chunks of butter are gone (it will look like the texture of cornmeal):

 

Dump this mixture into a mixing bowl and add the milk all at once. Using a fork, quickly stir just until a dough forms.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead it 10-12 times, then roll out 1/4″ – 1/2″ thick. Using your biscuit cutter, cut as many circles as you can before re-rolling the remaining dough. Repeat until you have used as much of the dough as you can.

Lay them out on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes at 450º F.

 

Once the tops are golden brown remove them from the oven. These are best eaten right away, but they’ll last for about 24 hours.

 

Enjoy them with your favorite toppings, sausage gravy, or use them in place of dinner rolls. My choice would be sausage gravy if anyone’s wondering… What’s your favorite way to enjoy biscuits?

Homemade Biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 1 cups Flour
  • 4 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 2 teaspoons Sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold Butter
  • 2/3 cup Milk

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450º F.
  2. Sift dry ingredients into a bowl.
  3. Add butter and flour mixture to food processor bowl. Pulse until the mixture is coarse, like the texture of cornmeal.
  4. Add mixture to a large mixing bowl and add milk all at once.
  5. Stir quickly with fork just until dough forms.
  6. Turn out onto floured surface and knead 10-12 times.
  7. Roll out to 1/4″-1/2″ thick.
  8. Bake on ungreased baking sheet for 10-12 minutes or until tops are golden brown.
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