Best Ever Biscuits

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Saturday Mornings & Biscuits

When I was growing up, one of our favorite ways to spend a Saturday morning was when mom would put on a pan of baking powder biscuits. We would gather round the table in our PJs or take a plate and go in and sit on the front room rug, happily munching on the warm biscuits that we slathered with butter and jam or butter and syrup.

As soon as I got old enough, I started making my own biscuits and while I still use our family recipe, through the years, I've discovered a few things and refined the way I make biscuits, for near-perfect results. In this hub, I will share my recipe and tips and tricks for light, fluffy biscuits.

Why Sift?

A large sifter can be a godsend in a kitchen and sifting your flour helps to ensure fluffy, light biscuits. While many cooks may not bother with sifting, it takes just seconds and makes a big difference to how fluffy your biscuits will be.

Shortening Tip

Never try to cut in cold shortening from the fridge. This is a difficult undertaking and results in tough biscuits.

Folding Tip

I fold over my dough and do this a couple of times.

Baking Tips

  • Double-pan so your biscuit bottoms don't over-brown.
  • 350 degrees, for first 10 minutes, then reduce heat.
  • Reduce heat, as necessary, so that you produce golden biscuits that are fully cooked in the middle.
  • Check bottoms during cooking time.

Mile-High Biscuits . . . So Satisfying and So Good!

Best Ever Biscuits

  • 2 cups of flour (sifted)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 4 tbsp. shortening (not oil) at room temperature
  • I cup milk (approximate)

Method:

  1. Place a fine mesh sifter over a bowl and add first three ingredients. Shake sifter until all is in bowl.
  2. Cut in room-temperature shortening with a pastry cutter.
  3. Add milk and stir lightly with wooden spoon, until a loose ball forms.
  4. Place biscuit dough on a floured surface and knead lightly. Flatten dough into rectangle, then fold over. The fold makes for higher biscuits. Use the heel of your hand to join the folded dough.

Rule of thumb: go by feel. When you work your dough in your hands, you can feel whether it is too dry or too moist.

Adjust amounts of shortening, baking powder, and milk to personal preference. A little more shortening or milk makes for a moister biscuit. A pinch more baking powder makes for a higher biscuit.

How on Earth Do You Get Your Baking Powder Biscuits so High?

Tip for Making High Biscuits

Cut out rounds and holding one, form a circle with your hand. Now turn the dough and lightly squeeze inward until round becomes 1-1&1/2 inches high. Squeezing the sides forces the biscuits to become higher and they are lighter as they cook. As they rise, they reach impressive heights. I've been asked, many, many times, why my biscuits are so high and what my secret is for making such high biscuits.

Just the Way I Like 'Em!

At times, using my squeeze-the-middle technique, my biscuits have risen so high that, like the leaning Tower of Pisa, they have developed an actual lean and then have cooked in that shape.

A Word About Baking Time

Because oven temperatures vary and biscuit sizes may be different, baking time will vary from about 15-25 minutes. The best rule of thumb is to simply watch your biscuits as they cook to make sure they turn out golden. If you are unsure as to whether they are cooked in the middle, do the "done-ness test." Take out one biscuit and cut or pull it apart to check the middle. I touch the insides with a finger and go by how the biscuit feels.

A Word About Biscuit Shapes

In the section below, we'll take a look at the different biscuit shapes.

Rolled and Cut Round Biscuits

It is a good bet that the all-time favorite biscuits are those that are rolled out and cut with a round cutter. This produces great-looking biscuits with a all-round good texture.

If you figure you will be making lots of these, it might be an idea to visit a specialty kitchen shop and invest in a set of sturdy stainless steel biscuit cutters that will last you for years. The lighter-weight cutters become misshapen and aren't up to the task.

Fresh Out of the Oven

It Can be Fun to Change Things Up a Bit

 Interesting Looking Biscuits
Interesting Looking Biscuits | Source

Fancier Shaped Biscuits

You can use neat-shaped cookie cutters to make shaped biscuits. If the cutters are open-topped, this is a real plus. The old-style aluminum cutters usually have closed tops but can still be used to make shaped biscuits.

You can use cookie cutters with closed tops but this means your biscuits will not be as high; however, these are attractive looking, as can be seen from the picture and they are still a nice way to make biscuits.

Heart-Shaped Cutter

Biscuit Cutter Tip

When using cutters, make sure to dip them in flour, so dough doesn't stick to them.

How to Make High or Grand Biscuits

For high biscuits, you should use deep biscuit cutters. I absolutely love these. This way your biscuit dough doesn't stick to the top of the cutter. Higher biscuits are more appealing and don't tend to dry out as much.

Lazy-Daisy Biscuits

When you just can't be bothered with any kind of fuss, you can make what I call Lazy-Daisy biscuits.

Square Biscuits

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Quick Square Biscuits

Roll out biscuit dough into a rectangle and then cut into squares to make square biscuits. You can do this on a cutting board or even in the pan. These won't have as good of a texture but they will do in a pinch.

Square Biscuits

Quick Diamond-Shaped Biscuits

Roll out biscuit dough and cut on the diagonal in a criss-cross pattern for diamond-shaped biscuits. Far better texture and your biscuits will look appealing.

Lazy-Men's Way to Cut Round Biscuits

 Image: Easy Way to Cut Out Round Biscuits
Image: Easy Way to Cut Out Round Biscuits | Source

Quick Round Biscuits

ROUND Biscuits--if you are pressed for time but prefer round biscuits.

  • Shape biscuit dough into a log and cut into rounds. This is an easy and fast method for making round biscuits. They won't look as nice, but if you are in a hurry, this can shave minutes off prep time.
  • This allows you to determine thickness when cutting out biscuits, so if you like high biscuits, simply slice wider/thicker pieces.
  • Use flour so knife doesn't stick.

Making Round Biscuits

Image: Biscuit Dough Cut Into Rounds
Image: Biscuit Dough Cut Into Rounds | Source

Biscuits Made With Care Are Better Biscuits

When making biscuits, if you take a little care, your final result will be far better. When I first started making biscuits, I would hurry through them and I ended up with tough, awful biscuits that even our dog wouldn't eat.

Make your biscuits with tender loving care and you will be rewarded by wonderful fluffy biscuits.

Biscuits with Butter and Strawberry Jam--What a Way to Greet the Morning!

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Serving Suggestions

• Slather biscuits with real butter while still warm and top with strawberry jam

• Serve biscuits with butter and real maple syrup

• Butter biscuits and drizzle corn syrup over

A Biscuit For Every Taste

Fruity Biscuits
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Cheese Biscuits
Cheese Biscuits

A Biscuit is Just a Biscuit... or is it?

  • Biscuit Casserole Topping: top casseroles with biscuit crust and dot with butter. This really adds down-home goodness to meat-based oven casseroles. Cook casserole as you normally would and place biscuit crust on top about 15-20 minutes before you plan to take casserole out of the oven.
  • Butter Biscuits: substitute butter for the shortening. These biscuits are every bit as good and for those who don't care to use hydrogenated fats, butter can be used as a tasty alternative.
  • Cheddar Biscuits: add shredded cheddar cheese when you are mixing up your dry ingredients.
  • Cheese-Bacon Biscuits: add precooked and crumbled bacon along with cheddar cheese. These biscuits are incredibly good!
  • Cinnamon Biscuits: roll out dough into a thinner rectangle and butter top. Sprinkle on brown sugar, cinnamon, and a dash of cloves. Roll dough into a long log, then cut rounds. When cool, ice with butter icing or with glaze.
  • Dumplings: use biscuit recipe but substitute butter or margarine for the shortening. This substitution is important to achieve tender dumplings every time. Add to gently simmering soups or stews, dropping in by teaspoons or tablespoons. Make a moister dough for dumplings.
  • Fruity Biscuits: add raisins, currants or soft cranberries and slightly more sugar for sweeter biscuits or scones.
  • Peach Breakfast Biscuit Pie: layer sliced peaches and syrup in a smaller casserole dish. Top with biscuit crust and bake in oven until crust is cooked.
  • Pinwheel Biscuits (chicken, ham, or turkey spirals): 1-2 cans of chicken, turkey, or ham. Place meat into bowl and mince with fork. Add minced green onion and finely chopped celery, poultry seasoning, and pepper. Roll out biscuit dough into rectangle and spread with meat mixture, then roll up and cut as you would for cinnamon rolls. These are great when you want something a little different--a good accompaniment to a meal if company's coming. If you take these to potlucks, they are sure to garner comments and compliments.
  • Whole wheat Biscuits: replace 1 cup of white flour with one cup of whole wheat flour.
  • Xmas Biscuits: add mixed chopped peel for brightly-colored, slightly sweeter biscuits.

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Every Day Should Have a Biscuit in it

I hope you've enjoyed this page on biscuit-making and find the tips and tricks helpful. I've made biscuits for years and enjoy them in their many variations. Biscuits truly are a comfort food that spells "home."

*Copyright Athlyn Green (M. Rhodes). Do not copy.

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Comments 7 comments

Jeannie 5 years ago

come on please, actual minutes for baking??


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Athlyn Green 6 years ago from West Kootenays Author

>>>> Place biscuits on ungreased baking pan and bake at 350, reducing heat as needed so that centers cook.


isaumur 6 years ago

you never mentioned how long to bake them?


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Athlyn Green 7 years ago from West Kootenays Author

Hello,

I love biscuits, too! --grew up on them, in fact. In our family, Saturday mornings meant biscuits.


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Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania

Excellant hub Athlyn. Love the videos since Im a visual learner ,really excited to try an make these now. Thankyou for the motivation.p.s I arrived in the USA this year and my first biscuit I tried was from a place called Bojangles , Ive been hooked ever since lol


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Athlyn Green 8 years ago from West Kootenays Author

These are great. You'll make them over and over again!


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MrMarmalade 8 years ago from Sydney

Mouth is watering already

Thank you I have copied them to make

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