Friday, March 4, 2011

Mad Hungry: Flaky Buttery Biscuits

This is my first year making sucessful biscuits and now I wonder what took me so long to figure it out?  Biscuits are so easy because they don't require alot of fussing.  Just throw them together, mix only until combined, plop them onto a baking sheet, put them in the oven and there you have it.  Perfection.  My failure at previous attempts was handling the dough way too much.
This has become our families favourite biscuit recipe.  It is so easy to whip up a batch of these to have with our meals.  The outside crust is flaky, yet firm, while the inside is so soft it melts in your mouth.  Use any leftovers to make sandwiches the next day for lunch.  I simply love these biscuits.

from the book Mad Hungry: Feeding Men & Boys
Makes 12 small biscuits

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (I use 1-1/2 cups spelt flour, 1/4 cup wheat germ)
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon coarse salt
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) chilled unsalted butter cut into small pieces
3/4 cup milk (see headnote)

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Butter or line a baking sheet.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Using a fork or 2 table knives, combine the butter and flour mixture until it resembles a coarse meal. Slowly add the milk, stirring with a fork, to the desired consistency.

For softer biscuits, drop 2 tablespoons of the dough onto the lined baking sheet. For firmer biscuits, turn the dough out onto a clean, lightly floured surface and gently knead just to bring the dough together. Carefully roll out the dough about 3/4 inch thick. Using a biscuit cutter or sturdy glass, cut about 12 biscuits, rerolling any scraps. Place on the lined baking sheet.

(The biscuits can be frozen at this point. Freeze on the baking sheet, then remove to a resealable container or plastic bag for easier storage.)  Bake the biscuits for 13 to 15 minutes (add 3 to 4 additional minutes for frozen ones), until golden brown. Cool slightly and serve warm.

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Happily submitted to Family Friendly Fridays over at Mommie Cooks! (today she shares how she made animal crackers from scratch!)


Speaking of boys, this is one of our 4 year old son's favourite activities while Mum bakes.  Place a scoop or two of flour on a baking sheet and let him run his cars through it.  I keep a bag of cheap flour in the cupboard just for this activity.  When he has a friend over, I give them each their own cookie sheet full of flour.


  1. I can never make biscuits that turn out well, these look pretty!

    Love the floured cars, what fun!

  2. What an awesome idea for keeping children occupied while you cook! My son would love this - probably my daughter too!

  3. Sarah, I love biscuits for the exact reason you mentioned; they're so darn easy to make! I never think about baking up a loaf of bread in time for dinner, so biscuits get made a lot over here. Yours look wonderful! In fact they look so wonderful I might just incorporate them into my dinner tonight. :)

  4. You are so right, Sarah. I made shortcake last night and while Marion was plopping the cakes on the baking sheet she was rolling them and kneading them in her hands. I'm sure that's the reason they were a bit heavy.

    Your Flaky Buttery Biscuits look heavenly. Gee, I wish I just had one.

    Thank you so much or sharing the recipe and tips...

    P.S. The flour trick is a hoot!

  5. Yes.. dear son is playing on his flour tray right now. He likes to pretend it's "snow".

    I've never made shortcake and it's on my list to try now. Thanks for stopping by :)


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