Biscuits 101

I’ve been making biscuits since a pretty young age. This is my favorite way of making them, I’ve picked up a couple of tricks on the way to perfect them.  Serve them with sausage gravy, seared garlic onions, and dill scrambled eggs, or make breakfast sandwiches with sausage, bacon, or ham and eggs.
Or just plain. with a little butter. or homemade jam. I just can’t leave well enough alone….can I? : )
Be sure your butter or margarine is very cold, this is what helps the biscuits flake nicely.

BAKING POWDER BISCUITS
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 T baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter or margarine (cold!)
3/4 to 1 cup milk

Mix flour, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl.
Cut in butter with a pastry blender until resembles coarse crumbs.

Pour milk in a well in the center, starting with just 3/4 cup.

Use fork to stir in until almost completely mixed. (Don’t overmix)

Add the rest of milk if needed, but careful not to make it too sticky.
Now turn out onto counter, lightly dust with flour and form into a ball.

Press down to about 1/2″ thickness. (This is important-don’t use a rolling pin-it flattens your dough and you biscuits won’t be as light & fluffy!)

Cut out into desired size. I use a big 3″ biscuit cutter usually, but a small one makes nice scones too.

Place on ungreased cookie sheet, CLOSE TOGETHER , almost touching-This makes them rise up instead of flattening out.

Now, some people like to brush the tops with cream and sprinkle with a little sugar or salt.  We like ours plain. Some things are meant to be simple and old-fashioned in my book.
Bake at 450 degrees for about 12 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

makes about 10 average sized biscuits

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