Best-Ever Biscuits

Biscuits are quintessentially Southern, and while eating them is always easy, baking them can be intimidating. We break down the cut-and-stack technique for producing tall, layered biscuits so you can bake up batch after buttery batch.

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Best-Ever Biscuits

Equally delicious slathered with jam and honey for breakfast, filled with meat and cheese for lunch, or brushed with garlic butter for dinner, these biscuits will be your go-to for every meal.

Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits
 
Equally delicious slathered with jam and honey for breakfast, filled with meat and cheese for lunch, or brushed with garlic butter for dinner, these biscuits will be your go-to for every meal.
Ingredients
  • 3½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 cup cold whole buttermilk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Using a pastry blender, cut in cold butter until mixture is crumbly and butter is the size of peas. Using a fork, stir in cold buttermilk until a shaggy dough forms.
  3. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Pat dough into a 10×8-inch rectangle, and cut into fourths. Stack pieces of dough on top of each other, and pat or roll into a rectangle again. Repeat process three more times. Pat or roll dough to ¾-inch thickness. Using a 2½-inch round cutter dipped in flour, cut dough without twisting cutter. Gently reroll and cut scraps once. Place biscuits on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Freeze until cold, about 10 minutes.
  4. Place biscuits 1 inch apart on a cast-iron baking pan or smooth side of a cast-iron griddle.
  5. Bake until top is golden brown 10 to 15 minutes. Serve warm with desired toppings.
Notes
KITCHEN TIP: If you prefer softer sides to your biscuits, place biscuit cutouts on pan with sides touching, or bake biscuits in a 12-inch skillet. Baking time may be longer if using a skillet.

FOR BISCUITS STEP-BY-STEP

Best-Ever Biscuits1. Make sure the butter is very cold and isn’t cut too small. The butter should be cut into the flour mixture until the pieces are the size of peas. During baking, the butter steams and melts, creating pockets in the dough and producing tender layers. If the butter is warm, it will melt before steaming, producing a dense biscuit.

Best-Ever Biscuits2. A Southern biscuit baker’s liquid of choice is buttermilk. Its acidity reacts with the leavener to produce a tall rise in the oven and create a tender biscuit.