Perfect Biscuits {no-fail!)

Someone sound the alarm and insert sounds of the hallelujah chorus. It has finally happened. I made flaky, perfect biscuits. Biscuits have been like the holy grail of cooking for me for quite some time. I have tried on several occasions to make the perfect, flaky biscuits with the yummy layers of goodness that are key, but they have always turned out to be something more like a floury mound of muffiny something. My husband grew up as a southerner and he said that whenever his Mammaw made biscuits she always sifted the flour. Up until recently I didn’t own a sifter, but I broke down and got one. So, here are the key factors that I have discovered that led to my success on these biscuits.

  • Use a sifter. What is it that is so magical about the sifting? Who knows. But it works and that’s what matters.
  • Timing is key. Following the directions for mixing and kneading time to a tee- even if you don’t think the dough looks right.
 I finally found the ultimate recipe in my handy, old Home Comfort Cookbook-including the secret tips on how to get your biscuits to turn out like a biscuit. How could it fail me when it is dedicated to the American housewife circa 1954? :)
Perfect Biscuit Recipe
2 cups sifted flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup milk

Preheat oven to 425. Sift together the dry ingredients. Blend in the butter using 2 knives or a pastry blender until it resembles a coarse corn meal. (I processed it in the food processor) You can add 1 or 2 more tablespoons for butter for a richer biscuit, but I didn’t.
Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, pour in liquid and stir vigorously with a fork for 30 seconds. Then turn it onto a floured board and knead for 30 seconds.
Roll the dough with a lightly floured rolling pin or pat it out to the desired thickness. About 1/4 -1/2 inch. Cut the dough with a biscuit cutter (I just used a cup) Brush the tops with milk or melted butter and bake 1/2 inch apart on a greased baking sheet for 7-15 minutes.

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32 comments to Perfect Biscuits {no-fail!)

  • Melynda

    Wow indeed! They look great.

  • thecountrycook

    They did turn out really well. Biscuits sound easy to make but they really do take a little know-how to master. I also find that not twisting the biscuit cutter when cutting the biscuits helps as well. I was told that it causes the biscuits edges to seal off and of course, you don't want that since you want your biscuits to rise high. You did a fantastic job!!Brandie

  • SnoWhite

    Those look really great! I haven't attempted biscuits of tis nature, but now I know there's a recipe out there, I can't wait to do so!

  • shopannies

    they look awesome hubby loves biscuits I think I may give this recipe a try

  • Manu

    yummy! these biscuits look so delicious! I have the impression that they melt in the mouth!Thank you for the tips!

  • Sue

    I can tell they're flaky just by looking at them! The layers are perfect for the melting butter! :)

  • Katie @ This Chick C

    It was my pleasure to share the tips. Hopefully they can help others who haven't been able to get their biscuits to turn out right.

  • Andria

    Those looks fabulous and yummy!

  • Rhondi

    Oh my~I have to make these! Can you believe I've never made homemade biscuits before? These would be so good with some sausage gravy or just butter and honey. Thanks for sharing your tips and I'm so glad you found your perfect biscuit recipe.

  • Chels

    I think Pillsbury might be out of business, because these looks so amazing! I can't wait to try making these sometime!

  • Tanya

    Mmmm, if they taste as good as they look, that recipe is a winner!

  • Mary

    These really do look perfect. I'm new to your blog and have been browsing through your earlier entries. I really like the food and recipes you feature for your readers. I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  • Kristen

    I love it when biscuits have so many flaky layers. They look heavenly.

  • Christina

    Yay! Congrats on finally making perfect biscuits. :)

  • Sweet And Crumby

    Oh my. How flaky and tenders yours looks! I lOVE biscuits. Thanks for a no-fail recipe and for stopping by my blog.

  • scrambledhenfruit

    These biscuits are so flaky! I bet they melt in your mouth. :)

  • vickicooks41

    These are the first homemade biscuits that look this flaky i have seen. I have made biscuits but nothing that looks like this. I know whats happening tomorrow morning now whit a swipe of all fruit. yum yum. I would do it tonight but it is already breakfast for supper with oatmeal and homemade bread toasted. So glad you posted this recipe!!

  • nancycreative

    Thanks so much for including the Sour Cream Coffee Cake Muffins in your features, Katie! Everything you have featured looks so yummy!

  • Lisa

    oooh wow, those look good! I've been feeling sick and that's the first thing I've seen today that I've wanted to eat!

  • Miz Helen

    Hi Katie,Your biscuits look so light and fluffy. I can almost taste one with nice butter melting and some homemade jam…oh my goodness. Thank you so much for bringing this to Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

  • Sarah @ Sarahndipiti

    Yum! These look fantastic!!

  • Amy

    Wow, they are really perfect. Look at those flaky layers! hm…I'm sure they taste just as wonderful! Thanks for sharing.Amyhttp://utry.it

  • Christy

    i am going to make these tonight with our dinner. fingers crossed they come out as nice as yours! thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club.

  • Leda

    Hello Katie. Thanks for commenting at A lil' bit of This~A lil' bit of That! I think it was meant to be that you did, and here's why…I CAN'T MAKE BISQUITS TO SAVE MY LIFE!!! (instead of the Hallaluiah Chorus, think of a mystery's "da, da, da!") I'm so excited to try this out! Isn't it funny how your husband's mawmaw knows what she's talking about-sometimes. ;)

  • Megan

    Okay, these look to DIE FOR! I have made biscuits before and thought they tasted alright, but I will definitely have to try these out… just as soon as I break down and buy a sifter! haha. I keep seeing posts on your blog that I like and bookmark, and then there are all those other pictures on the left and I just keep clicking… my "to cook" list will never end…thanks!

  • Gary

    Mmmmmmm! These do look awesome. I've made several attempts and never once have they turned out so here goes! I'm on my way to the kitchen to make warm biscuits with the stew I have cooking. I noticed no one has commented on how they turned out. Perhaps I'll be the first. I'll be back in a couple of hours.Gary

  • Gary

    OK! Made the biscuits and guess what? IT WORKED! Whew hoo! … and they were perfect. How many times have I tried in the past? I can't count how many. Thank you sooooo much! Biscuits! I love them with so many things and now I can have 'em. Thank you Katie!!

  • Katie @ This Chick C

    So glad you enjoyed them :) Thanks for letting me know!

  • karen

    How do they stay flaky with kneading them. I thought that made the dough tougher?

    • There is a fine line between not being mixed well enough and over kneading. You just have to watch the dough closely. They really do turn out nice and flaky if you knead the dough correctly.

  • Jocelyn

    These biscuits are terrific, though I need to work on my kneading technique so they turn out more flaky next time. I really like the simplicity of the recipe. I used 4 tablespoons of butter, which was the perfect richness for our tastes. Thanks so much!

  • Leslie

    Followed exactly as directed, and this is the first time that I have not had a recipe turn out! Horrible I am very disappointed!

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