These easy homemade biscuits from scratch come out fluffy every time. A favorite of mine for breakfast or slathered with honey and butter for a mid-afternoon snack.
You only need 6 simple ingredients to make biscuits from scratch and you probably always have the ingredients in the pantry and fridge. With so few ingredients, it’s important to use the best quality ingredients for a great biscuit.
- Flour: the secret to a great biscuit is in the flour. Soft winter wheat flour like Swans Down or White Lilly works best when making your biscuits from scratch.
- Sugar: This gives not only sweetness but also important in developing the texture of the biscuit.
- Baking Powder: use can also use Bakewell Cream powder to take the biscuits to your next level.
- Cold Butter: it's important to make sure you use cold butter, when the butter melts in the oven it creates a flaky texture.
- Buttermilk: I think this is a must for a tasty southern biscuit. Also, you can use whole fat milk.
The Dry Ingredients for Biscuits
Sift together the dry ingredients instead of mixing with a spoon or whisk. No sifter, no problem, you can use a fine-mesh strainer. You can use all-purpose flour however soft winter wheat flour like White Lilly or Swans Down is the secret ingredient in amazing southern biscuits.
Remember the dry ingredients should always be combined together in one bowl BEFORE adding the liquids.
About The Fat
My Mom always used Crisco Shortening and made her biscuits from scratch, always. I'm a Butter girl myself. Start with a well-chilled butter. When cutting the fat into the flour you should use a pastry cutter, try not to use your hands too much. The correct way to use the cutter is with chopping back and forth rocking motion.
Work fast to keep the butter from melting, keep the cubed butter and milk in the refrigerator until ready to use. During cooking, the butter will melt and create a beautiful fluffy biscuit.
The Wet Ingredients for Biscuit Dough
When mixing the wet ingredients into the dough create a well in the dry ingredients then pour in the wet ingredients.
Don't overwork the dough, mixing with your hands will warm the dough too much. A cold dough is what make the biscuits flaky and tender. Use a floured rolling pin or a chilled glass to gently roll out the dough.
Remember the Liquid ingredients should ALWAYS be mixed together in a bowl before adding to the dry ingredients.
Baking the Biscuits
Preheat the oven before placing the biscuits in the oven. Check the temperature with an oven thermometer, proper temperature is important for a nice well baked, fluffy, and tender biscuit.
These easy homemade biscuits are great topped with a homemade strawberry rhubarb jam.