I can’t make biscuits without singing a song by our favorite children’s singer (Raffi) called Biscuits in the Oven. It’s a catchy tune that makes biscuit making a lot more fun.
I’ve got lots of recipes for scones and fancy biscuits, but sometimes simpler is better. This recipe is for plain old baking powder biscuits, which are cheap and easy to make, and they’re equally delicious with jam or butter, alongside a cup of tea, or a steaming bowl of soup.
- 3 cups unbleached white flour (I’ve used half whole wheat pastry flour with good results)
- a scant 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 6 tablespoons cold butter (I also use Earth Balance spread)
- 3/4 cup buttermilk, yogurt, or sour milk (3/4 cup milk with 1 1/2 tsp. vinegar added)
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place dry ingredients in a bowl or a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Cut in the butter – either in thin slices or small pieces. Process (or, if using a bowl, cut with a pastry cutter or with two forks) until the butter pieces are uniformly integrated and the mixture has the texture of coarse meal. Add the buttermilk, yogurt, or sour milk and process or mix for a few seconds, or until the dough holds together. Turn out and knead briefly. Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness for smaller biscuits, or to 1/2 or 3/4 thickness for heftier ones. Cut with a glass that has a 2 to 2 1/2 inch rim (or you can use a round cookie cutter). Arrange fairly close toether on the lightly greased baking sheet. Bake in the middle of a 450 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes (thinner ones) or for 12 to 15 minutes (thicker ones).
There’s something so comforting about warming the house on a cold winter morning with a hot oven and the smell of baking biscuits.