These quick and easy homemade biscuits are full of flaky layers and perfect for slathering with butter and honey.
- 270 g All-purpose flour or 2 cups loosely packed
- 3 g Salt or 1/2 teaspoon
- 85 g Unsalted butter or 6 tbsp
- 12.5 g Sugar or 1 tbsp
- 8 g Baking powder or 2 tsp
- 180 ml Milk or 3/4 cup
Prepare the Biscuits dough
- Into a bowl, add in the flour, sugar,salt and baking powder.
- Stir and combine everything together using a whisk, until all our ingredients get evenly distributed in the flour.
- Now add the butter into the flour.
- I took the butter straight from the fridge and used it.
- Toss the butter in flour.
- And now we need to get small pea sized butter pieces homogeneously distributed in the flour.
- I am using a pastry cutter to do this; which makes the process so much easier.
- We can also use forks to do this.
- Stop when you can see, the butter is evenly distributed in the flour.
- Add cold milk, little by little into the flour mixture and, using a fork, gently toss and stir together until large lumps form and all of the flour has been moistened.
Build the flaky layers
- Transfer the dough on to a lightly floured work surface.
- Using hands, squish the dough from sides and form a dough ball.
- Again squish and pat from top to form a small rough square.
- We need to be as gentle as we can while handling the dough.
- I am not using a rolling pin to do this step because when we do this with hands it gives a rough finish and lighter texture to our biscuits.
- Now using a bench scraper, cut the dough into 4 equal parts.
- Stack them one over the other.
- Squish and pat again to form a rough square.
- Again cut into 4 parts and stack them one over the other and then form a flat sheet of approximately 1 inch thick.
Cut the biscuits
- Use Biscuit cutter or a wide mouth glass jar to cut the biscuits.
- I used a small 2 1/4 inch round cookie cutter.In this way, we can make 8 biscuits.
- We can stack the remaining pastry dough ,squish and pat again to form dough sheet.
- Place the cut biscuits on to a cast iron skillet.
- It’s not necessary to grease the cast iron pan with butter.
- We can also use a regular baking tray.It is better to use smaller tray as we can arrange them closer.When we arrange them closer, they can rise straight and tall while baking.
Bake the biscuits
- Place the cast iron skillet on to 450 degrees F or 230 C Preheated oven and bake for around 14 minutes or until they turn golden brown on top.
- If you are using a regular baking tray, we need slightly lesser baking temperature.
- So place the baking tray on to 425 degrees F or 220 C Preheated oven and bake for around 16 minutes or until they turn golden brown on top.
- When the biscuits are completely baked, take them out from the oven.
- Apply the baked biscuits with some butter on top, so that they turn even more softer.
TIP: If you have buttermilk on hand you can always substitute the milk for buttermilk for that added flavor and texture.