Classic Baking Powder Biscuit Recipe
A pastry blender is invaluable for make these biscuits. It will give more consistent results than trying the 2-knives technique.
Don't over mix or over handle the dough when making biscuits - either will contribute to a tough, non-flaky texture. Also make sure the butter or shortening is chilled.
Baking powder has only limited shelf life before it loses its effectiveness, so check the date on the container.
I happen to prefer the texture of the biscuits made with shortening, but many people will use only butter. In practice, I vary which option I use depending on my mood, what the biscuits will be served with, and what I have in my pantry. Try making the biscuits each way to see which work better for you.
Makes 10 to 12 round or 12 triangular biscuits.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup shortening or 5 Tablespoons unsalted butter. Cold and cut into pieces.
- 2/3 cup milk
You'll get nice, clean cuts with a dedicated biscuit cutter - much better than using a drinking glass.
- Heat oven to 450ºF. In medium to large bowl, thoroughly mix flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Cut in shortening or butter using a pastry blender until the mixture looks like fine crumbs.
- Add the milk, stirring with a fork, until the dough leaves the sides of the bowl but is not too sticky. Turn dough onto a floured surface. Lightly knead about 15 times.
- To make round biscuits, roll dough into a circle 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick. Cut with 2 1/2" biscuit cutter dipped in flour. Gently press together the scraps, roll out, and cut out a few more biscuits.
- To make triangular biscuits, cut the dough in two and form each half into a 6" circle. Cut each circle into 6 wedges.
- Place the biscuits on an ungreased cookie sheet. Allow them to touch if you want soft sides. Place about 1" apart for crusty edges.
- Bake 12 to 14 minutes until golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet and cover with a tea towel. Allow to cool slightly before serving.
Silicone mats can often let you use less flour when rolling out dough.
Try using this biscuit recipe with my Mushroom Cheese Appetizer Recipe. They're also perfect for a breakfast indulgence of sausage and gravy.