How to Make Homemade Biscuits

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  August 31, 2011 — 4 Comments

OMG. Crazy Delicious.

I was shocked to discover recently just how easy it is to make biscuits from scratch. It’s ridiculous, really. All you need is flour, butter, milk, baking powder, and salt. And about ten minutes of your time.

Ingredients:

  • two cups of flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 6 tbsp butter (But really the more the merrier. You can’t go wrong with extra butter)
  • 1 cup milk

First, mix together two cups of flour, a half teaspoon of salt, and a tablespoon of baking powder.

Now it’s time to add your butter. You don’t want the butter to get soft while you’re working so it’s helpful to have it really cold from the get-go.┬áBecause I live in south Louisiana I like to throw a stick of butter in the freezer a few minutes before I plan to make my biscuits. Like maybe just while I gather the rest of my supplies and mix the dry ingredients.

Confident that my butter is sufficiently cold, I cut six tablespoons of it up into smallish pieces and toss them in the flour mixture. Then I use a fork and knife to toss the whole mixture a little bit more until the pieces of butter are about pea-sized. If your butter starts to melt into the flour stop in the name of biscuits and stick it in the freezer for a few minutes.

Wash your hands, then add a cup of milk to the flour butter mixture and knead it by hand right there in the bowl. Once it’s all sticking together pretty good I grab the big ol’ ball of dough in my left hand and use my right hand to pull biscuit-sized balls off of it and plop them onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 450 for 10-15 minutes. Nicholas and I like them a little doughy on the inside so we pull them out at exactly ten minutes, but if you’re more of a fully-baked sort of person go for the full 15.

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap

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4 responses to How to Make Homemade Biscuits

  1. Yum yum! That’s my recipe, too, except I use buttermilk instead of regular milk and butter!

    I’m hungry now!

  2. I use a grater to grate my butter into the flour. Super fast. Pieces are smaller….so less time and work. Also, I use buttermilk as well. And if I am out, I add about a tablespoon of lemon juice to milk and let it sit a few minutes.

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