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Basic Homemade Biscuits

Simple biscuits that taste anything but basic! Tender and delicious, enjoy with butter, honey, jam, or my favorite, sausage gravy.

Basic Homemade Biscuits

Is there anything better than a warm biscuit topped with yummy sausage gravy? What a breakfast treat that is! Don’t have a can of ready-to-bake biscuits on hand? This is a great basic biscuit recipe to have in your back pocket when the mood strikes (everyone keeps a stockpile of rolled breakfast sausage in their freezer, right?!?) Biscuits with sausage gravy are soooooo good!

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I have been making these biscuits for more than a year now and they are hard to mess up! This is a super quick biscuit recipe, and NO you DO NOT have to be a baker to make them!

Basic Biscuits Ingredients

All you need is seven pantry staples (vinegar not pictured), to make these yummy biscuits!

The Ingredients for homemade biscuits

Basic Biscuits Instructions

  1. Grate the butter onto a plate, then place it into the freezer to harden slightly.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 F. Line cookie sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
  3. To the milk, add white vinegar, stir gently, and set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Mix well.
  5. Add grated butter to the flour mixture and mix until all butter is coated in the flour.
  6. Add milk and mix with a wooden spoon until mostly combined.
  7. Transfer dough onto a floured counter and gently work the dough together.
  8. Fold dough in half 4-5 times, turning dough each time (this creates the layers).
  9. Flatten dough with hands to about one inch thick. Use a biscuit cutter or a glass 2.5 to 3 inches wide to cut out each biscuit and place it on a cookie sheet about ½ inch apart.
  10. Gather dough and flatted again, cut out more biscuits. Rework dough for the last biscuit into a flat round shape. Dough makes about 8 3-inch biscuits.
  11. Bake at 425 F for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown.
Basic Homemade Biscuits on cookie sheet

Substitutions and Alternatives

Any variety of dairy milk can be used in this recipe, full fat, low-fat, or skim. While technically plant-based kinds of milk can be used as a substitute, I have not tested the recipe using these alternatives.

If you happen to have buttermilk use that instead of the milk. You will not regret it! The vinegar and milk here are essentially creating DIY buttermilk. Lemon juice can be used in place of the vinegar too 😊

Nutrition Facts

I want to caveat the comparison of these biscuits with that of the store-bought version with the fact that If I am running short on time, cooking in a kitchen that isn’t mine or just don’t want to fuss with baking I WILL purchase and consume this product.

Grands! Flaky Layers Original Biscuits

A photo of the Grands! Flaky Layers Original Biscuits can.

Ingredients

Enriched Flour Bleached (wheat flour, niacin, ferrous sulfate, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), Water, Soybean and Palm Oil, Sugar, Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Baking Powder (sodium acid pyrophosphate, baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate). Contains 2% or less of: Dextrose, Fractionated Palm Oil, Vital Wheat Gluten, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Xanthan Gum, Mono and Diglycerides, Ascorbic Acid, L-Cysteine Hydrochloride, Wheat Flour, Preservatives (TBHQ, citric acid), Enzymes, Butter, Beta Carotene (for color), Natural and Artificial Flavor.

Comparison photo of Grands! Flaky Layers Original Biscuits nutrition label and the Basic Homemade Biscuits nutrition label

Yep, the store-bought version is quicker for sure, but the homemade version has seven ingredients you probably have on hand right now. Making homemade biscuits doesn’t take that long and they taste pretty darn good too!

The bottom line: eat what you want!

Basic Homemade Biscuits with jam

Tips

I use a kitchen scale and measure the flour weight in grams. Two cups of flour will be drastically different depending on how it is measured. I suggest if you do not have a kitchen scale, spoon the flour into the measuring cup and level with the back of a butter knife rather than using the measuring cup to scoop the flour out of the container. Doing this will result in tough, dry biscuits.

Cooking Tip: Oven temperatures vary, cook 8-10 minutes or until golden brown on top.

Flavor Tip: Want flavored biscuits? Add up to 1 tablespoon of dried seasonings to dry ingredients.

Tools needed for this recipe: Grater, biscuit cutter, cookie sheet, silicone mat, kitchen scale

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Basic Homemade Biscuits

  • Author: Patricia
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: baking
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Simple biscuits that taste anything but basic! Tender and delicious, enjoy with butter, honey, jam, or my favorite, sausage gravy.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 cups (240 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar

Instructions

  1. Grate the butter onto a plate, then place it into the freezer to harden slightly.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 F. Line cookie sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
  3. To the milk, add white vinegar, stir gently, and set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Mix well.
  5. Add grated butter to the flour mixture and mix until all butter is coated in the flour.
  6. Add milk and mix with a wooden spoon until mostly combined.
  7. Transfer dough onto a floured counter and gently work the dough together.
  8. Fold dough in half 4-5 times, turning dough each time (this creates the layers).
  9. Flatten dough with hands to about one inch thick. Use a biscuit cutter or a glass 2.5 to 3 inches wide to cut out each biscuit and place it on a cookie sheet about ½ inch apart.
  10. Gather dough and flatted again, cut out more biscuits. Rework dough for the last biscuit into a flat round shape. Dough makes about eight 3-inch biscuits.
  11. Bake at 425 F for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown. 

Notes

I use a kitchen scale and measure the flour weight in grams. Two cups of flour will be drastically different depending on how it is measured. I suggest if you do not have a kitchen scale, spoon the flour into the measuring cup and level with the back of a butter knife rather than using the measuring cup to scoop the flour out of the container. Doing this will result in tough, dry biscuits.

Cooking Tip: Oven temperatures vary, cook 8-10 minutes or until golden brown on top.

Flavor Tip: Want flavored biscuits? Add up to 1 tablespoon of dried seasonings to dry ingredients.

Tools needed for this recipe: Grater, biscuit cutter, cookie sheet, silicone mat, kitchen scale

Keywords: biscuits, homemade biscuits

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