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How to Make Perfect Biscuits in a Few Simple Steps

How to Make Perfect Biscuits in a Few Simple Steps

Biscuits are like almost-instant bread; you can decide that you want biscuits for dinner (or breakfast or lunch) and have them hot and in the bread basket in under 30 minutes. Baking time is usually 15 minutes or less, depending on the size of the biscuits and the oven temperature, and you don’t need to let your biscuits cool completely before you can eat them –warm biscuits slathered with butter or jam are delicious.

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The basic ingredients for biscuits are pretty common(you probably have them in your pantry right now) and substitutions are simple if you don’t have exactly what the recipe calls for. Buttermilk is often used to make biscuitsI but you can substitute yogurt if you don’t have any on hand. You can also make your own buttermilk by adding a tablespoon of lemon juice to a cup of regular milk and letting it stand at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes. And, biscuits welcome savory add-ins like herbs, spices, cheese, and bacon.

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Biscuits are also pretty basic when it comes to the necessary equipment; they can be mixed by hand in a large bowl with a wooden spoon and can be cut with anything from a cutter, to a juice glass. Round biscuits are pretty standard, but you can also make them square by cutting them with a chef’s knife or give them a wavy edge by using fluted cutters.You can buy a biscuit cutter set if you’d (they’re incredibly versatile and can be used to cut virtually any type of dough) but, in a pinch, just flip a glass over and use the rim to cut round biscuits.


Once you’ve made biscuits a few times and understand the basic method, you can have them mixed, cut, and on a baking sheet in just a few minutes. There are a number of different ways to make biscuits but learning to make flaky, folded, Southern-style biscuits is a good place to start.

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.


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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.


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!

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.