When my kids were little, I used Bisquick Mix or a can of Hungry Jack Biscuits for an easy breakfast or dinner bread. Having three children twenty months apart meant that I needed to get things done expeditiously. I figured that if it is made from Bisquick, its homemade! Once they were teenagers, I began to do more bread baking from scratch. I would try to find the easy-no fail recipes as using yeast made me nervous. The more I baked the better I got. Today, there are so many young cooks with videos on YouTube that really take the stress out of doing a recipe the first time which should encourage us to try something new. After all isn't that what life is about trying...failing...succeeding!
Another reason, I began to make bread is that I really loved knowing what ingredients were in my breads. We all know how preservatives are added so rolls, breads, and muffins have a longer shelf life and when you look on the Ingredient label it's hard to know what some the ingredients are in the bread you happen to be buying.
When the children were little, my mother-in-law taught me how to make Parker House rolls. You know... they are the ones that are folded in half with lots of tasty butter...they almost look like lips! I think that she wanted to be able to ask me to make the rolls for our holiday dinners so she could focus on the main meal. Once I had mastered these yummy rolls, I got into making Farm Bread, and Focaccia Bread and then the decadent cinnamon rolls.
I love biscuits...but sometimes they can get tough (if you roll them too much!) I have tried many recipes, but this one is my favorite because it only makes 6-7 biscuits which means I won't eat as many and it is all done using your hands and not a rolling pin, which helps prevent tough biscuits!
There are several things that are really important to follow in the recipe for the best results.
FREEZE the butter for 20 minutes before using
Use a Box Grater to cut the butter. It is way easier than slicing frozen butter and it makes it easier to mix the butter into the flour.
I use a pastry mat for easy clean up
The gallery of images give you a visual step by step
Homemade Biscuits from Sugar Spun Run
Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour (250g) 1 Tablespoon baking powder 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar 1 teaspoon salt 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter very cold (85g), unsalted European butter is ideal, but not required ¾ cup whole milk¹ (177ml) buttermilk or 2% milk will also work
Recommended Equipment: Box grater (a box cutter makes it so easy) and Biscuit cutter
Tip: For best results, chill your butter in the freezer for 20 minutes before beginning this recipe. It's ideal that the butter is very cold for light, flaky, buttery biscuits.
Preheat oven to 425º
Line a cookie sheet with nonstick parchment paper or a baking mat is you have one. Set aside.
Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a large bowl and mix well. Set aside.
Remove your butter from the freezer. Grate or cut the frozen butter
Combine the grated butter until the flour mixture and mix until it resembles coarse crumbs.
Add milk, use a wooden spoon or spatula to stir until combined (don't over-work the dough).
Transfer your biscuit dough to a well-floured surface and use your hands to gently work the dough together. If the dough is too sticky, add flour until it is manageable.
Once the dough is cohesive, fold in half over itself and use your hands to gently flatten layers together. Rotate the dough 90 degrees and fold in half again, repeating this step 5-6 times but taking care to not overwork the dough.
Use your hands (do not use a rolling pin) to flatten the dough to 1" thick and lightly dust a 2 ¾" round biscuit cutter with flour.
Making close cuts, press the biscuit cutter straight down into the dough and drop the biscuit onto your prepared baking sheet.
Repeat until you have gotten as many biscuits as possible and place less than ½" apart on baking sheet.