Simple Biscuit Recipe

I taught an introductory creative writing class once, and I made the mistake of telling my students that I cooked/baked. Somehow or another, we got to the topic of biscuits, and I promised them that I would make them a batch. They begged (read: blackmailed) me into finally bringing them biscuits on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The biscuits were a big hit, grape jelly was passed around, and an angry mob à la Beauty and the Beast was avoided. Basically, biscuits saved my life.

What I love about this particular biscuit recipe is that it’s easy to play around with. I’ve substituted AP flour for bread flour, canola oil for vegetable oil, fat-free milk for whole milk, and buttermilk for whole milk and each substitution has worked well.

Simple Biscuit Recipe

Adapted from Easy Biscuit Recipe.

Because I'm Southern.

Because I’m Southern.

[I make no moves to cover my well-loved pans. They’ve earned every photograph.]

Yields 10-12 biscuits, depending on the size of the biscuit cutter.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups AP flour
  • 3 tsps baking powder
  • 2 tbsps sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup whole milk*
  • 1 1/2 tsp vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp butter
  1. In a medium-sized bowl, add vinegar to milk and set aside to sour for 5 minutes.
  2. Mix flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
  3. Place oil in measuring cup and add to milk. DO NOT STIR.
  4. Add milk and oil mixture to flour mixture.
  5. Mix until moistened/just combined.  Knead 1 or 2 times to form a ball.
  6. Roll out dough into a 1/2 thick square onto wax paper and cut into 2″ thick circles using biscuit cutters or the rim of a glass. Place biscuits onto baking sheet.
  7. Melt honey and butter for 10-15 seconds in microwave. Brush honey/butter mixture over biscuits.
  8. Bake at 475 for 10-12 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown.

* You could use buttermilk (which the vinegar/whole milk combination eventually becomes) or fat free milk. Yes, fat free.

I say we eat the biscuits!

I say we eat the biscuits!

 

 

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