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How to Make Perfect Biscuits in a Few Simple Steps

How to Make Perfect Biscuits in a Few Simple Steps

Making light-as-air biscuits is easier than you think

Making biscuits from scratch is easy if you follow a few basic steps.

How to Make Biscuits

Making biscuits from scratch is easy if you follow a few basic steps.

Combine the Dry Ingredients

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It’s really important that the dry ingredients are well-blended or you’ll end up with pockets of salt or baking powder and the biscuits won’t rise properly. A whisk does a great job of mixing and incorporating. It only takes a few seconds so don’t skip this step.

Add the Fat

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Once the flour is whisked, the fat is added. Some biscuits use all butter, others use all shortening or lard, and others use a combination. You can blend with a pastry cutter, two knives, or your fingers. Just be sure to work quickly so the fat doesn’t melt, incorporating it into the flour until only pea-sized pieces remain.

Add the Liquid

When the liquid is added to the dry ingredients, it’s important to mix just enough to moisten the flour, but not much more than that. If you over-mix, you’ll develop too much gluten and your biscuits will be tough.

Shape the Dough

After mixing, the dough is turned out onto a well-floured surface. Some recipes tell you to use a rolling pin, but you can also use your hand to pat the dough to the proper size and shape. The important thing is not to roll or pat the dough too much. The less you handle the dough, the more tender the biscuits will be.

Fold the Dough

For flaky biscuits, the dough needs to be folded to create layers. Fold the dough into thirds, like a letter, pat it gently, and then fold it in thirds again for a total of nine layers. One last pat flattens the dough to the final thickness — about 1 inch.

Cut the Biscuits

When you’re cutting biscuits try to use something with a thin, sharp edge. Regardless of whether you use a cutter, a knife, or an inverted glass, cut straight down without twisting so you get a good, even rise on the biscuits. You can gather the scraps of dough, re-roll them, and cut more biscuits or gather them to make free-form biscuits shaped by hand.

Bake the Biscuits

Arrange the biscuits on a parchment-lined pan. If you place them close together, they’ll have soft sides and will usually rise a bit more than ones that are placed further apart. If you put more space between your biscuits, you’ll have crisp brown sides.


Best-Ever Homemade Biscuits

A warm biscuit straight from the oven brings me back to my childhood and my grandma's homemade blackberry jam. She made the best biscuits and taught me that a few simple ingredients, when carefully mixed together create a soft, pillowy roll of comfort. Biscuits can take on very different meanings in different parts of the world. In North America, they are meant to be a flaky and soft leavened quick bread. Ideally they should have tender flaky layers and an extra buttery taste. An easier alternative to dinner rolls and equally good at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

1. Make sure your butter is cold.

As in FROZEN cold. About 30 minutes before you plan to make your biscuits pop a stick of butter in the freezer. For the perfect biscuit texture we grate our butter into the flour. (Yes, with a cheese grater!) Extra cold butter will ensure it doesn't melt while you work the dough with your hand. And grating the butter will distribute the butter evenly, making lots of little pockets for it to melt while baking. In other words: It guarantees extra fluffy biscuits.

2. Don't be afraid to add more buttermilk.

Or less for that matter. A good biscuit maker is someone that can tell what the dough needs past what the recipe says. Unless you weigh out your flour each time, your amount will always vary slightly. Add the buttermilk slowly so that you know if your dough is becoming too wet. If you feel it's a little too dry add about 1 tablespoon of buttermilk at a time until it feels right. If you've already added all of your buttermilk and it's too sticky add just a bit more flour until the dough is easy to work with. A biscuit dough will be a little drier than you expect. Pockets of dryness while folding are fine. as long as the dough is holding together nicely.

3. Don't overwork the flour.

I'm sure you've heard this one before but it's still just as important. The more the flour gets mixed and worked, the more gluten develops. And over-activated gluten=tough and gummy baked goods&mdashthe complete opposite of what we are going for here. To avoid this problem, you're to pat your dough a lot while making biscuits. Once you feel the buttermilk is mixed in, use your hands to pat the dough into a rectangle. Your hands will be a much better guide than a spoon or any other tool. When folding your dough, don't be too tough when flattening it back together. Imperfection is beauty here.

4. Don't twist your biscuit cutter.

This is a simple yet fatal mistake. When using a cookie or biscuit cutter you're likely to naturally twist the cutter to make sure it cuts through the dough all of the way. Don't! Twisting the cutter causes the dough to pinch together and you won't get a proper rise on your biscuits. Instead, punch straight down and lift. If a few little strands are still connected, take a pairing knife or kitchen scissors and cut them loose. And flouring your biscuit cutter should prevent sticking!

Storing Biscuits

Like most baked goods, these biscuits are best day of and fresh out of the oven. They will keep in an airtight container for a couple of days. Re-toast them in the oven for a few minutes to help make them warm and soft again! These also freeze well after being baked. Just thaw out in a 350° for several minutes until warm all the way through for a fresh tasting and buttery biscuit!

Tried making these flaky biscuits? Let us know how you liked them in the comments below.

Editor's Note: The introduction to this recipe was updated on August 21, 2020 to include more information about the dish.


Best-Ever Homemade Biscuits

A warm biscuit straight from the oven brings me back to my childhood and my grandma's homemade blackberry jam. She made the best biscuits and taught me that a few simple ingredients, when carefully mixed together create a soft, pillowy roll of comfort. Biscuits can take on very different meanings in different parts of the world. In North America, they are meant to be a flaky and soft leavened quick bread. Ideally they should have tender flaky layers and an extra buttery taste. An easier alternative to dinner rolls and equally good at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

1. Make sure your butter is cold.

As in FROZEN cold. About 30 minutes before you plan to make your biscuits pop a stick of butter in the freezer. For the perfect biscuit texture we grate our butter into the flour. (Yes, with a cheese grater!) Extra cold butter will ensure it doesn't melt while you work the dough with your hand. And grating the butter will distribute the butter evenly, making lots of little pockets for it to melt while baking. In other words: It guarantees extra fluffy biscuits.

2. Don't be afraid to add more buttermilk.

Or less for that matter. A good biscuit maker is someone that can tell what the dough needs past what the recipe says. Unless you weigh out your flour each time, your amount will always vary slightly. Add the buttermilk slowly so that you know if your dough is becoming too wet. If you feel it's a little too dry add about 1 tablespoon of buttermilk at a time until it feels right. If you've already added all of your buttermilk and it's too sticky add just a bit more flour until the dough is easy to work with. A biscuit dough will be a little drier than you expect. Pockets of dryness while folding are fine. as long as the dough is holding together nicely.

3. Don't overwork the flour.

I'm sure you've heard this one before but it's still just as important. The more the flour gets mixed and worked, the more gluten develops. And over-activated gluten=tough and gummy baked goods&mdashthe complete opposite of what we are going for here. To avoid this problem, you're to pat your dough a lot while making biscuits. Once you feel the buttermilk is mixed in, use your hands to pat the dough into a rectangle. Your hands will be a much better guide than a spoon or any other tool. When folding your dough, don't be too tough when flattening it back together. Imperfection is beauty here.

4. Don't twist your biscuit cutter.

This is a simple yet fatal mistake. When using a cookie or biscuit cutter you're likely to naturally twist the cutter to make sure it cuts through the dough all of the way. Don't! Twisting the cutter causes the dough to pinch together and you won't get a proper rise on your biscuits. Instead, punch straight down and lift. If a few little strands are still connected, take a pairing knife or kitchen scissors and cut them loose. And flouring your biscuit cutter should prevent sticking!

Storing Biscuits

Like most baked goods, these biscuits are best day of and fresh out of the oven. They will keep in an airtight container for a couple of days. Re-toast them in the oven for a few minutes to help make them warm and soft again! These also freeze well after being baked. Just thaw out in a 350° for several minutes until warm all the way through for a fresh tasting and buttery biscuit!

Tried making these flaky biscuits? Let us know how you liked them in the comments below.

Editor's Note: The introduction to this recipe was updated on August 21, 2020 to include more information about the dish.


Best-Ever Homemade Biscuits

A warm biscuit straight from the oven brings me back to my childhood and my grandma's homemade blackberry jam. She made the best biscuits and taught me that a few simple ingredients, when carefully mixed together create a soft, pillowy roll of comfort. Biscuits can take on very different meanings in different parts of the world. In North America, they are meant to be a flaky and soft leavened quick bread. Ideally they should have tender flaky layers and an extra buttery taste. An easier alternative to dinner rolls and equally good at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

1. Make sure your butter is cold.

As in FROZEN cold. About 30 minutes before you plan to make your biscuits pop a stick of butter in the freezer. For the perfect biscuit texture we grate our butter into the flour. (Yes, with a cheese grater!) Extra cold butter will ensure it doesn't melt while you work the dough with your hand. And grating the butter will distribute the butter evenly, making lots of little pockets for it to melt while baking. In other words: It guarantees extra fluffy biscuits.

2. Don't be afraid to add more buttermilk.

Or less for that matter. A good biscuit maker is someone that can tell what the dough needs past what the recipe says. Unless you weigh out your flour each time, your amount will always vary slightly. Add the buttermilk slowly so that you know if your dough is becoming too wet. If you feel it's a little too dry add about 1 tablespoon of buttermilk at a time until it feels right. If you've already added all of your buttermilk and it's too sticky add just a bit more flour until the dough is easy to work with. A biscuit dough will be a little drier than you expect. Pockets of dryness while folding are fine. as long as the dough is holding together nicely.

3. Don't overwork the flour.

I'm sure you've heard this one before but it's still just as important. The more the flour gets mixed and worked, the more gluten develops. And over-activated gluten=tough and gummy baked goods&mdashthe complete opposite of what we are going for here. To avoid this problem, you're to pat your dough a lot while making biscuits. Once you feel the buttermilk is mixed in, use your hands to pat the dough into a rectangle. Your hands will be a much better guide than a spoon or any other tool. When folding your dough, don't be too tough when flattening it back together. Imperfection is beauty here.

4. Don't twist your biscuit cutter.

This is a simple yet fatal mistake. When using a cookie or biscuit cutter you're likely to naturally twist the cutter to make sure it cuts through the dough all of the way. Don't! Twisting the cutter causes the dough to pinch together and you won't get a proper rise on your biscuits. Instead, punch straight down and lift. If a few little strands are still connected, take a pairing knife or kitchen scissors and cut them loose. And flouring your biscuit cutter should prevent sticking!

Storing Biscuits

Like most baked goods, these biscuits are best day of and fresh out of the oven. They will keep in an airtight container for a couple of days. Re-toast them in the oven for a few minutes to help make them warm and soft again! These also freeze well after being baked. Just thaw out in a 350° for several minutes until warm all the way through for a fresh tasting and buttery biscuit!

Tried making these flaky biscuits? Let us know how you liked them in the comments below.

Editor's Note: The introduction to this recipe was updated on August 21, 2020 to include more information about the dish.


Best-Ever Homemade Biscuits

A warm biscuit straight from the oven brings me back to my childhood and my grandma's homemade blackberry jam. She made the best biscuits and taught me that a few simple ingredients, when carefully mixed together create a soft, pillowy roll of comfort. Biscuits can take on very different meanings in different parts of the world. In North America, they are meant to be a flaky and soft leavened quick bread. Ideally they should have tender flaky layers and an extra buttery taste. An easier alternative to dinner rolls and equally good at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

1. Make sure your butter is cold.

As in FROZEN cold. About 30 minutes before you plan to make your biscuits pop a stick of butter in the freezer. For the perfect biscuit texture we grate our butter into the flour. (Yes, with a cheese grater!) Extra cold butter will ensure it doesn't melt while you work the dough with your hand. And grating the butter will distribute the butter evenly, making lots of little pockets for it to melt while baking. In other words: It guarantees extra fluffy biscuits.

2. Don't be afraid to add more buttermilk.

Or less for that matter. A good biscuit maker is someone that can tell what the dough needs past what the recipe says. Unless you weigh out your flour each time, your amount will always vary slightly. Add the buttermilk slowly so that you know if your dough is becoming too wet. If you feel it's a little too dry add about 1 tablespoon of buttermilk at a time until it feels right. If you've already added all of your buttermilk and it's too sticky add just a bit more flour until the dough is easy to work with. A biscuit dough will be a little drier than you expect. Pockets of dryness while folding are fine. as long as the dough is holding together nicely.

3. Don't overwork the flour.

I'm sure you've heard this one before but it's still just as important. The more the flour gets mixed and worked, the more gluten develops. And over-activated gluten=tough and gummy baked goods&mdashthe complete opposite of what we are going for here. To avoid this problem, you're to pat your dough a lot while making biscuits. Once you feel the buttermilk is mixed in, use your hands to pat the dough into a rectangle. Your hands will be a much better guide than a spoon or any other tool. When folding your dough, don't be too tough when flattening it back together. Imperfection is beauty here.

4. Don't twist your biscuit cutter.

This is a simple yet fatal mistake. When using a cookie or biscuit cutter you're likely to naturally twist the cutter to make sure it cuts through the dough all of the way. Don't! Twisting the cutter causes the dough to pinch together and you won't get a proper rise on your biscuits. Instead, punch straight down and lift. If a few little strands are still connected, take a pairing knife or kitchen scissors and cut them loose. And flouring your biscuit cutter should prevent sticking!

Storing Biscuits

Like most baked goods, these biscuits are best day of and fresh out of the oven. They will keep in an airtight container for a couple of days. Re-toast them in the oven for a few minutes to help make them warm and soft again! These also freeze well after being baked. Just thaw out in a 350° for several minutes until warm all the way through for a fresh tasting and buttery biscuit!

Tried making these flaky biscuits? Let us know how you liked them in the comments below.

Editor's Note: The introduction to this recipe was updated on August 21, 2020 to include more information about the dish.


Best-Ever Homemade Biscuits

A warm biscuit straight from the oven brings me back to my childhood and my grandma's homemade blackberry jam. She made the best biscuits and taught me that a few simple ingredients, when carefully mixed together create a soft, pillowy roll of comfort. Biscuits can take on very different meanings in different parts of the world. In North America, they are meant to be a flaky and soft leavened quick bread. Ideally they should have tender flaky layers and an extra buttery taste. An easier alternative to dinner rolls and equally good at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

1. Make sure your butter is cold.

As in FROZEN cold. About 30 minutes before you plan to make your biscuits pop a stick of butter in the freezer. For the perfect biscuit texture we grate our butter into the flour. (Yes, with a cheese grater!) Extra cold butter will ensure it doesn't melt while you work the dough with your hand. And grating the butter will distribute the butter evenly, making lots of little pockets for it to melt while baking. In other words: It guarantees extra fluffy biscuits.

2. Don't be afraid to add more buttermilk.

Or less for that matter. A good biscuit maker is someone that can tell what the dough needs past what the recipe says. Unless you weigh out your flour each time, your amount will always vary slightly. Add the buttermilk slowly so that you know if your dough is becoming too wet. If you feel it's a little too dry add about 1 tablespoon of buttermilk at a time until it feels right. If you've already added all of your buttermilk and it's too sticky add just a bit more flour until the dough is easy to work with. A biscuit dough will be a little drier than you expect. Pockets of dryness while folding are fine. as long as the dough is holding together nicely.

3. Don't overwork the flour.

I'm sure you've heard this one before but it's still just as important. The more the flour gets mixed and worked, the more gluten develops. And over-activated gluten=tough and gummy baked goods&mdashthe complete opposite of what we are going for here. To avoid this problem, you're to pat your dough a lot while making biscuits. Once you feel the buttermilk is mixed in, use your hands to pat the dough into a rectangle. Your hands will be a much better guide than a spoon or any other tool. When folding your dough, don't be too tough when flattening it back together. Imperfection is beauty here.

4. Don't twist your biscuit cutter.

This is a simple yet fatal mistake. When using a cookie or biscuit cutter you're likely to naturally twist the cutter to make sure it cuts through the dough all of the way. Don't! Twisting the cutter causes the dough to pinch together and you won't get a proper rise on your biscuits. Instead, punch straight down and lift. If a few little strands are still connected, take a pairing knife or kitchen scissors and cut them loose. And flouring your biscuit cutter should prevent sticking!

Storing Biscuits

Like most baked goods, these biscuits are best day of and fresh out of the oven. They will keep in an airtight container for a couple of days. Re-toast them in the oven for a few minutes to help make them warm and soft again! These also freeze well after being baked. Just thaw out in a 350° for several minutes until warm all the way through for a fresh tasting and buttery biscuit!

Tried making these flaky biscuits? Let us know how you liked them in the comments below.

Editor's Note: The introduction to this recipe was updated on August 21, 2020 to include more information about the dish.


Best-Ever Homemade Biscuits

A warm biscuit straight from the oven brings me back to my childhood and my grandma's homemade blackberry jam. She made the best biscuits and taught me that a few simple ingredients, when carefully mixed together create a soft, pillowy roll of comfort. Biscuits can take on very different meanings in different parts of the world. In North America, they are meant to be a flaky and soft leavened quick bread. Ideally they should have tender flaky layers and an extra buttery taste. An easier alternative to dinner rolls and equally good at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

1. Make sure your butter is cold.

As in FROZEN cold. About 30 minutes before you plan to make your biscuits pop a stick of butter in the freezer. For the perfect biscuit texture we grate our butter into the flour. (Yes, with a cheese grater!) Extra cold butter will ensure it doesn't melt while you work the dough with your hand. And grating the butter will distribute the butter evenly, making lots of little pockets for it to melt while baking. In other words: It guarantees extra fluffy biscuits.

2. Don't be afraid to add more buttermilk.

Or less for that matter. A good biscuit maker is someone that can tell what the dough needs past what the recipe says. Unless you weigh out your flour each time, your amount will always vary slightly. Add the buttermilk slowly so that you know if your dough is becoming too wet. If you feel it's a little too dry add about 1 tablespoon of buttermilk at a time until it feels right. If you've already added all of your buttermilk and it's too sticky add just a bit more flour until the dough is easy to work with. A biscuit dough will be a little drier than you expect. Pockets of dryness while folding are fine. as long as the dough is holding together nicely.

3. Don't overwork the flour.

I'm sure you've heard this one before but it's still just as important. The more the flour gets mixed and worked, the more gluten develops. And over-activated gluten=tough and gummy baked goods&mdashthe complete opposite of what we are going for here. To avoid this problem, you're to pat your dough a lot while making biscuits. Once you feel the buttermilk is mixed in, use your hands to pat the dough into a rectangle. Your hands will be a much better guide than a spoon or any other tool. When folding your dough, don't be too tough when flattening it back together. Imperfection is beauty here.

4. Don't twist your biscuit cutter.

This is a simple yet fatal mistake. When using a cookie or biscuit cutter you're likely to naturally twist the cutter to make sure it cuts through the dough all of the way. Don't! Twisting the cutter causes the dough to pinch together and you won't get a proper rise on your biscuits. Instead, punch straight down and lift. If a few little strands are still connected, take a pairing knife or kitchen scissors and cut them loose. And flouring your biscuit cutter should prevent sticking!

Storing Biscuits

Like most baked goods, these biscuits are best day of and fresh out of the oven. They will keep in an airtight container for a couple of days. Re-toast them in the oven for a few minutes to help make them warm and soft again! These also freeze well after being baked. Just thaw out in a 350° for several minutes until warm all the way through for a fresh tasting and buttery biscuit!

Tried making these flaky biscuits? Let us know how you liked them in the comments below.

Editor's Note: The introduction to this recipe was updated on August 21, 2020 to include more information about the dish.


Best-Ever Homemade Biscuits

A warm biscuit straight from the oven brings me back to my childhood and my grandma's homemade blackberry jam. She made the best biscuits and taught me that a few simple ingredients, when carefully mixed together create a soft, pillowy roll of comfort. Biscuits can take on very different meanings in different parts of the world. In North America, they are meant to be a flaky and soft leavened quick bread. Ideally they should have tender flaky layers and an extra buttery taste. An easier alternative to dinner rolls and equally good at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

1. Make sure your butter is cold.

As in FROZEN cold. About 30 minutes before you plan to make your biscuits pop a stick of butter in the freezer. For the perfect biscuit texture we grate our butter into the flour. (Yes, with a cheese grater!) Extra cold butter will ensure it doesn't melt while you work the dough with your hand. And grating the butter will distribute the butter evenly, making lots of little pockets for it to melt while baking. In other words: It guarantees extra fluffy biscuits.

2. Don't be afraid to add more buttermilk.

Or less for that matter. A good biscuit maker is someone that can tell what the dough needs past what the recipe says. Unless you weigh out your flour each time, your amount will always vary slightly. Add the buttermilk slowly so that you know if your dough is becoming too wet. If you feel it's a little too dry add about 1 tablespoon of buttermilk at a time until it feels right. If you've already added all of your buttermilk and it's too sticky add just a bit more flour until the dough is easy to work with. A biscuit dough will be a little drier than you expect. Pockets of dryness while folding are fine. as long as the dough is holding together nicely.

3. Don't overwork the flour.

I'm sure you've heard this one before but it's still just as important. The more the flour gets mixed and worked, the more gluten develops. And over-activated gluten=tough and gummy baked goods&mdashthe complete opposite of what we are going for here. To avoid this problem, you're to pat your dough a lot while making biscuits. Once you feel the buttermilk is mixed in, use your hands to pat the dough into a rectangle. Your hands will be a much better guide than a spoon or any other tool. When folding your dough, don't be too tough when flattening it back together. Imperfection is beauty here.

4. Don't twist your biscuit cutter.

This is a simple yet fatal mistake. When using a cookie or biscuit cutter you're likely to naturally twist the cutter to make sure it cuts through the dough all of the way. Don't! Twisting the cutter causes the dough to pinch together and you won't get a proper rise on your biscuits. Instead, punch straight down and lift. If a few little strands are still connected, take a pairing knife or kitchen scissors and cut them loose. And flouring your biscuit cutter should prevent sticking!

Storing Biscuits

Like most baked goods, these biscuits are best day of and fresh out of the oven. They will keep in an airtight container for a couple of days. Re-toast them in the oven for a few minutes to help make them warm and soft again! These also freeze well after being baked. Just thaw out in a 350° for several minutes until warm all the way through for a fresh tasting and buttery biscuit!

Tried making these flaky biscuits? Let us know how you liked them in the comments below.

Editor's Note: The introduction to this recipe was updated on August 21, 2020 to include more information about the dish.


Best-Ever Homemade Biscuits

A warm biscuit straight from the oven brings me back to my childhood and my grandma's homemade blackberry jam. She made the best biscuits and taught me that a few simple ingredients, when carefully mixed together create a soft, pillowy roll of comfort. Biscuits can take on very different meanings in different parts of the world. In North America, they are meant to be a flaky and soft leavened quick bread. Ideally they should have tender flaky layers and an extra buttery taste. An easier alternative to dinner rolls and equally good at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

1. Make sure your butter is cold.

As in FROZEN cold. About 30 minutes before you plan to make your biscuits pop a stick of butter in the freezer. For the perfect biscuit texture we grate our butter into the flour. (Yes, with a cheese grater!) Extra cold butter will ensure it doesn't melt while you work the dough with your hand. And grating the butter will distribute the butter evenly, making lots of little pockets for it to melt while baking. In other words: It guarantees extra fluffy biscuits.

2. Don't be afraid to add more buttermilk.

Or less for that matter. A good biscuit maker is someone that can tell what the dough needs past what the recipe says. Unless you weigh out your flour each time, your amount will always vary slightly. Add the buttermilk slowly so that you know if your dough is becoming too wet. If you feel it's a little too dry add about 1 tablespoon of buttermilk at a time until it feels right. If you've already added all of your buttermilk and it's too sticky add just a bit more flour until the dough is easy to work with. A biscuit dough will be a little drier than you expect. Pockets of dryness while folding are fine. as long as the dough is holding together nicely.

3. Don't overwork the flour.

I'm sure you've heard this one before but it's still just as important. The more the flour gets mixed and worked, the more gluten develops. And over-activated gluten=tough and gummy baked goods&mdashthe complete opposite of what we are going for here. To avoid this problem, you're to pat your dough a lot while making biscuits. Once you feel the buttermilk is mixed in, use your hands to pat the dough into a rectangle. Your hands will be a much better guide than a spoon or any other tool. When folding your dough, don't be too tough when flattening it back together. Imperfection is beauty here.

4. Don't twist your biscuit cutter.

This is a simple yet fatal mistake. When using a cookie or biscuit cutter you're likely to naturally twist the cutter to make sure it cuts through the dough all of the way. Don't! Twisting the cutter causes the dough to pinch together and you won't get a proper rise on your biscuits. Instead, punch straight down and lift. If a few little strands are still connected, take a pairing knife or kitchen scissors and cut them loose. And flouring your biscuit cutter should prevent sticking!

Storing Biscuits

Like most baked goods, these biscuits are best day of and fresh out of the oven. They will keep in an airtight container for a couple of days. Re-toast them in the oven for a few minutes to help make them warm and soft again! These also freeze well after being baked. Just thaw out in a 350° for several minutes until warm all the way through for a fresh tasting and buttery biscuit!

Tried making these flaky biscuits? Let us know how you liked them in the comments below.

Editor's Note: The introduction to this recipe was updated on August 21, 2020 to include more information about the dish.


Best-Ever Homemade Biscuits

A warm biscuit straight from the oven brings me back to my childhood and my grandma's homemade blackberry jam. She made the best biscuits and taught me that a few simple ingredients, when carefully mixed together create a soft, pillowy roll of comfort. Biscuits can take on very different meanings in different parts of the world. In North America, they are meant to be a flaky and soft leavened quick bread. Ideally they should have tender flaky layers and an extra buttery taste. An easier alternative to dinner rolls and equally good at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

1. Make sure your butter is cold.

As in FROZEN cold. About 30 minutes before you plan to make your biscuits pop a stick of butter in the freezer. For the perfect biscuit texture we grate our butter into the flour. (Yes, with a cheese grater!) Extra cold butter will ensure it doesn't melt while you work the dough with your hand. And grating the butter will distribute the butter evenly, making lots of little pockets for it to melt while baking. In other words: It guarantees extra fluffy biscuits.

2. Don't be afraid to add more buttermilk.

Or less for that matter. A good biscuit maker is someone that can tell what the dough needs past what the recipe says. Unless you weigh out your flour each time, your amount will always vary slightly. Add the buttermilk slowly so that you know if your dough is becoming too wet. If you feel it's a little too dry add about 1 tablespoon of buttermilk at a time until it feels right. If you've already added all of your buttermilk and it's too sticky add just a bit more flour until the dough is easy to work with. A biscuit dough will be a little drier than you expect. Pockets of dryness while folding are fine. as long as the dough is holding together nicely.

3. Don't overwork the flour.

I'm sure you've heard this one before but it's still just as important. The more the flour gets mixed and worked, the more gluten develops. And over-activated gluten=tough and gummy baked goods&mdashthe complete opposite of what we are going for here. To avoid this problem, you're to pat your dough a lot while making biscuits. Once you feel the buttermilk is mixed in, use your hands to pat the dough into a rectangle. Your hands will be a much better guide than a spoon or any other tool. When folding your dough, don't be too tough when flattening it back together. Imperfection is beauty here.

4. Don't twist your biscuit cutter.

This is a simple yet fatal mistake. When using a cookie or biscuit cutter you're likely to naturally twist the cutter to make sure it cuts through the dough all of the way. Don't! Twisting the cutter causes the dough to pinch together and you won't get a proper rise on your biscuits. Instead, punch straight down and lift. If a few little strands are still connected, take a pairing knife or kitchen scissors and cut them loose. And flouring your biscuit cutter should prevent sticking!

Storing Biscuits

Like most baked goods, these biscuits are best day of and fresh out of the oven. They will keep in an airtight container for a couple of days. Re-toast them in the oven for a few minutes to help make them warm and soft again! These also freeze well after being baked. Just thaw out in a 350° for several minutes until warm all the way through for a fresh tasting and buttery biscuit!

Tried making these flaky biscuits? Let us know how you liked them in the comments below.

Editor's Note: The introduction to this recipe was updated on August 21, 2020 to include more information about the dish.


Best-Ever Homemade Biscuits

A warm biscuit straight from the oven brings me back to my childhood and my grandma's homemade blackberry jam. She made the best biscuits and taught me that a few simple ingredients, when carefully mixed together create a soft, pillowy roll of comfort. Biscuits can take on very different meanings in different parts of the world. In North America, they are meant to be a flaky and soft leavened quick bread. Ideally they should have tender flaky layers and an extra buttery taste. An easier alternative to dinner rolls and equally good at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

1. Make sure your butter is cold.

As in FROZEN cold. About 30 minutes before you plan to make your biscuits pop a stick of butter in the freezer. For the perfect biscuit texture we grate our butter into the flour. (Yes, with a cheese grater!) Extra cold butter will ensure it doesn't melt while you work the dough with your hand. And grating the butter will distribute the butter evenly, making lots of little pockets for it to melt while baking. In other words: It guarantees extra fluffy biscuits.

2. Don't be afraid to add more buttermilk.

Or less for that matter. A good biscuit maker is someone that can tell what the dough needs past what the recipe says. Unless you weigh out your flour each time, your amount will always vary slightly. Add the buttermilk slowly so that you know if your dough is becoming too wet. If you feel it's a little too dry add about 1 tablespoon of buttermilk at a time until it feels right. If you've already added all of your buttermilk and it's too sticky add just a bit more flour until the dough is easy to work with. A biscuit dough will be a little drier than you expect. Pockets of dryness while folding are fine. as long as the dough is holding together nicely.

3. Don't overwork the flour.

I'm sure you've heard this one before but it's still just as important. The more the flour gets mixed and worked, the more gluten develops. And over-activated gluten=tough and gummy baked goods&mdashthe complete opposite of what we are going for here. To avoid this problem, you're to pat your dough a lot while making biscuits. Once you feel the buttermilk is mixed in, use your hands to pat the dough into a rectangle. Your hands will be a much better guide than a spoon or any other tool. When folding your dough, don't be too tough when flattening it back together. Imperfection is beauty here.

4. Don't twist your biscuit cutter.

This is a simple yet fatal mistake. When using a cookie or biscuit cutter you're likely to naturally twist the cutter to make sure it cuts through the dough all of the way. Don't! Twisting the cutter causes the dough to pinch together and you won't get a proper rise on your biscuits. Instead, punch straight down and lift. If a few little strands are still connected, take a pairing knife or kitchen scissors and cut them loose. And flouring your biscuit cutter should prevent sticking!

Storing Biscuits

Like most baked goods, these biscuits are best day of and fresh out of the oven. They will keep in an airtight container for a couple of days. Re-toast them in the oven for a few minutes to help make them warm and soft again! These also freeze well after being baked. Just thaw out in a 350° for several minutes until warm all the way through for a fresh tasting and buttery biscuit!

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Editor's Note: The introduction to this recipe was updated on August 21, 2020 to include more information about the dish.