Looking for something fast and easy that will leave your guests thinking you slaved away for hours and are a culinary genius? Of course you do! And knowing that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, this recipe will get you on your way to owning the title of Best Baker!
Homemade biscuits, hot out of the oven are one of my favorite, comforting breakfast foods. You can dress them up with homemade sausage gravy, or you can opt for simplicity and add butter and honey or jam. Add a cup of coffee and you are set for the morning. Best thing about this recipe, you will most likely have everything available in the pantry, so no early morning trips to the store with sleepy eyes and no make-up!
A couple of things to remember when making biscuits.
- Your hands will get messy – but it’s totally worth it – trust me.
- Don’t overwork the dough or you will end up with tough biscuits.
- Keep a little extra flour on hand to make cleaning off your hands and keeping the dough malleable and easy to work with. But don’t overdo it on the extra flour or you’ll end up with…. tough biscuits!
Okay, let’s make biscuits.
Baking Powder Biscuits
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (plus a little extra for dusting work surfaces and cleaning sticky hands)
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup vegetable shortening (cold)
- 1 cup milk (skim, whole, 2% – whatever is on hand)
Heat oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt with a fork. Add the cold shortening to the flour mixture. With your fingers (use one hand to keep one clean for adding ingredients or scratching your nose), begin blending the flour and shortening mixture until you have crumbles of shortening in the flour. You aren’t looking for uniformity here. There will be some larger pieces of shortening – that’s okay. Just make sure you have blended the two elements together. Don’t overwork.
Add your milk to the flour/shortening mix. With a wooden spoon, mix the two together until the mix is incorporated. It will be sticky! Work the dough with your hand to make sure everything is incorporated and then dump the bowl on to a lightly floured work surface. If you have a piece of marble even better, but any clean floured surface will do.
Now that the dough is on your work surface, knead the dough with both hands. DO NOT KNEAD THE DOUGH MORE THAN 10-12 TIMES. Seriously, otherwise you will have tough biscuits.
Pat the dough out into a circle about 1/2 – 1 inch thick. Using a 2 inch or larger (depending on how hungry your guests are) biscuit cutter, cut out the dough and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Reform the left over dough and cut again until you’ve used all the dough. Make sure the biscuits are touching each other. You will end up with 6 – 12 biscuits depending on the size cutter you use.
Bake for 12-14 minutes until golden brown. Side note – your kitchen will smell like heaven and bring back a million memories of sitting in your grandma’s kitchen on an early fall morning. Bliss!
Serve hot with your favorite jams, jelly or honey. You’ll never get rid of your house guests when you serve these at breakfast or brunch.