Baking powder biscuits are light, tender, flaky and so delicious. For me they conjure up thoughts of being at Grandma’s house in her large farmhouse-style kitchen. When she pulled out a big tray of fresh, homemade baking powder biscuits from her oven, we kids could hardly wait to get our hands on those soft golden biscuits. We’d slather them with a pat of butter. As it melted deep into the mouth-watering biscuit we’d drizzle on a bit of honey or spread some jelly on top. Mmmm…baking powder biscuits are so darn scrumptious!
Luckily, baking powder biscuits are super quick and easy to make! I’ll bet that right now in your fridge and pantry you have all or most of the ingredients you’ll need to make a batch of these flaky beauties. I promise you, within 30 minutes you’ll go from an empty mixing bowl sitting on your countertop to a fresh batch of homemade baking powder biscuits pulled straight from your oven. So let’s get down to it.
These are all the ingredients you’ll need to make baking powder biscuits from scratch:
- Butter, softened
- All-purpose flour
- Granulated sugar
- Baking powder
- Sea salt,
- Milk (2% or whole)
This baking powder biscuit recipe yields 8 large biscuits. When I make a batch I’ll usually double the recipe. Begin by adjusting your oven rack to the middle position. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add in the cube of room-temperature butter, flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Mix on low speed until the butter has been cut into the dry ingredients and everything is well combined.
Add in the milk. Mix briefly – just until the dough comes together. The dough for these baking powder biscuits will be a little bit sticky but very easy to handle. Transfer the dough to a lightly-floured cutting board or pastry board. Knead the dough about 12-15 times. With your hands, pat the dough into a one-inch thick circle or rectangle, depending on the shape of your biscuit cutter.
If you’d like, use a rolling pin to just briefly even out the dough. With a biscuit cutter or the rim of a large drinking glass, cut out 10 biscuits. Place the baking powder biscuits on an un-greased cookie sheet. Because the dough doesn’t spread, the biscuits can be placed fairly close together on the baking tray.
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until your baking powder biscuits have risen up and become lightly golden on top, and are completely done in the middle.
For a tender, flaky biscuit don’t over bake them. I’ll usually come over to the oven at the 10-minute mark, put on the oven light and check on things. Sometimes I’ll open the oven and rotate the baking tray just to make sure all of my baking powder biscuits are browning evenly.
Delicious homemade baking powder biscuits are so easy to make from scratch. They taste 10 times better than a tube of biscuits from the refrigerated section of your local market. You’ll love having the peace of mind knowing exactly what ingredients are in the biscuits you’re feeding your family.
Warm, fresh baking powder biscuits slathered in butter are the ultimate comfort food. With this fabulous old-fashioned biscuit recipe, you and your family can now enjoy fluffy, tender restaurant-style biscuits any day of the week. And they’re the perfect traditional biscuits for Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas dinner, and Easter.
Here’s one last close-up of these light and flaky baking powder biscuits. They’re patiently waiting to be pulled in half with your fingertips and then lavishly buttered up! For breakfast or tea time these biscuits are even more scrumptious when the pat of butter is followed up with a light drizzle of organic honey from a honey bear (yes, I love those cute little containers!), or a bit of good-quality blueberry jam.
Now just look at this mouth-watering baking powder biscuit I’m about to enjoy, all dolled up with butter and jam. I’m telling you right now, this biscuit tastes just as yummy as it looks!
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I love that you can make a scrumptious batch of baking powder biscuits without a whole lot of fancy kitchen tools. Although I use a KitchenAid stand mixer to make my dough, you can absolutely have the same perfect results using a standard mixing bowl, wooden spoon, and a traditional pastry blender to cut the butter into the dry ingredients. One simple, essential kitchen tool that I use all the time, and which I highly recommend because it provides fantastic even baking that I can count on, is my lovely USA baking tray.
Baking powder biscuits are light, tender, flaky and so delicious. For me they conjure up thoughts of being at Grandma’s house in her large farmhouse-style kitchen.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 + 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 8 tablespoons butter (1 cube), softened
- 1 cup milk
- Adjust your oven rack to the middle position. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, add in the butter, flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Mix until the butter has been cut into the dry ingredients and everything is combined. Add in the milk and mix briefly – just until the dough comes together. The dough will be a bit sticky but easy to handle.
- Transfer the dough to a lightly-floured board. Knead the dough about 12-15 times. With your hands, pat the dough into a circle that’s one-inch thick. If needed, use a rolling pin to even out the dough. Using a biscuit cutter or the top of a large-rimmed glass, cut out 10 biscuits. Place the biscuits on an un-greased baking tray.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the biscuits have become beautifully golden and their middles are done.
- Serve warm with butter. Enjoy!
LIGHT-COLORED BISCUITS: For biscuits with light-golden tops, after 10-12 minutes of baking, tent the baking tray with foil. Continue baking until done.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 12-15 minutes
- Category: Breakfast, Brunch, Tea Time, Dinner, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: baking powder biscuits, baking powder biscuit recipe, homemade biscuits
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