Grandma’s Baking Powder Biscuits


This is a classic recipe from my grandmother – I fondly remember her making these to accompany her famous fried chicken when I was a kid.

 

Ingredients:

2 cups sifted flour
4 heaping tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. sugar
5 tbs. Crisco shortening
2/3 ~ 3/4 cup milk (more if needed)
1/4 cup melted butter for brushing

Serve with real salted butter, slightly softened

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Mix the sifted flour with the baking powder, salt and sugar. Add the shortening and cut into coarse crumbs using a pastry cutter. Add the milk, a bit at a time, and fold lightly, creating a dough that will just separate from the sides of the bowl. Add a bit more milk, if necessary.

Turn out the dough on a lightly floured surface or parchment paper. Knead gently for 30 seconds, but do not overwork or the biscuits will not rise as high, and be dense.
Using your hands, gently press the dough out to 1/2″ thick. Using a circular dough cutter, cut 8 to 12 biscuits. Brush the tops with melted butter.

Bake on a greased or nonstick cookie sheet for 12 minutes. You can also place them on baker’s parchment paper.

The biscuits will be done when they are a delicate, light golden-brown and flaky.
Remove immediately and serve with real salted butter that has been left out until slightly softened.

Cook time: 12 minutes
Yield: 8-12 biscuits

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Country Buttermilk Biscuits


This is a great recipe for southern-style country buttermilk biscuits. I’ve had great success using my Breville Sous Chef food processor. The buttermilk makes for richer, more flavorful biscuits.

 

Ingredients:

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting the countertop work surface
1⁄4 tsp. baking soda
1 tbs. baking powder
2 tsp. white sugar
1 tsp. table salt
6 tbs. cold unsalted butter
3/4 cup buttermilk (more if needed)
1/4 cup melted butter

Softened real butter for serving

 

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 450°F. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl, or in the work bowl of a food processor.
Cut the butter into small squares and add to the bowl. Using a pastry cutter, cut into the flour until it looks like coarse crumbs.
If using a food processor, use the pulse feature so you don’t overwork it. It will only take a few seconds. Add the buttermilk and mix until just combined. DO NOT overwork.
If it appears on the dry side, add a bit more buttermilk. The consistency should be wet.

Turn the dough out onto a floured board. Using your hands, gently pat down until the dough is 1/2″ thick. DO NOT use a rolling pin or your biscuits will not rise as high, and be dense. Fold the dough about 5 times, and gently press the dough down to 1″ thick. Use a round cutter to cut into ten rounds. The folding will produce a flaky, layered texture.
You can gently knead the scraps together and make a couple more, but they will not be as fluffy as the first ones.

Place the biscuits on a cookie sheet leaving about 1″ of space between each. The biscuits will rise higher if they are touching. Brush each with a bit of melted butter.

Bake for about 10-12 minutes (default to 10 minutes to ensure they don’t overcook.) When done, they will be a beautiful light golden brown on top and bottom.
Do not over bake.

Serve with softened real butter.

 

Makes 10-12 biscuits