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Basic Biscuits

Basic Biscuits

Recipe Level: Creative | Recipe Speed: Average | Season: All | Type: Starchy Side | Diet: Vegetarian

When I make biscuits, I use a recipe by Julia Child, with a couple small modifications. Chopped herbs can be added, if desired. 

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 stick butter, chilled 
  • 1 small bulb shallot, minced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups yogurt or buttermilk
  1. Preheat the oven to 425-degrees.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. 
  3. Slice the butter into pieces, and add to the bowl with the dry ingredients. Using a pastry blender or with a pair of butter knives -- one in each hand -- blend the butter into the flour.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and add the yogurt or buttermilk. Then, pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir, gently, until just combined. 
  5. Flour a cutting board or your counter, and put the dough onto the flour surface. 
  6. Roll the dough until it's 1/2-inch thick. 
  7. Cut the dough into rounds. You can use a cookie cutter, but if you don't have one, you can use the rim of a glass. 
  8. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and bake until the tops are golden brown and the biscuits are flaky and fluffy, about 14 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool on a rack.