5 Tips for Baking Better Biscuits
Biscuits are a community thing—they bring people together for breakfast, brunch with friends, weddings, holidays, and beyond. And despite what many people still believe, they are incredibly forgiving even for the most novice of home cooks. Homemade biscuits can be as simple as three ingredients—flour, buttermilk, salt—or super whomped up with cheese, vegetables, chocolate, or fruit.
No matter your biscuit preference—tall, tiny, flaky, crispy, or even square—everyone should master at least one batch of homemade biscuits to feel good about making again and again with great success.
To get you started, here are a few sage pieces of advice we're picked up that will serve you well.
Our Favorite Biscuit Recipe
Combine 2½ cups all-purpose flour, 1½ tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. kosher salt, and ¼ tsp. baking soda in a large bowl. Add ¾ cup (1½ sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into pats. Work butter in with your hands until flour is crumbly. Stir in ¾ cup cold buttermilk. Fold dough on a work surface until it just comes together, then shape or roll into a rectangle. Stamp out 8 biscuits or cut into squares. Brush biscuits with a beaten egg, if desired. Bake at 375°F until golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes.
This article originally appeared in the May 2020 issue of Real Simple.