If you love to hit the bread basket during dinner then this recipe is for you! Our Light & Flaky Biscuits bake up soft and buttery in a matter of minutes! A few simple ingredients (that you probably already have on hand) are all that’s needed to bake up this delicious, no fail recipe. Nothing beats the taste of a warm biscuit fresh from the oven! Light & Flaky Biscuits are perfect to serve alongside a quick and easy weeknight dinner. Or add a little jam and pair them with breakfast or brunch. Either way you’ll be glad you tried this one!
Here’s all you’ll need: flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, shortening, an egg, and milk.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt to combine.
Cut in the shortening using a fork or dun-da-da-daaaaa…..wait for it…..a pastry blender!!! I finally bit the bullet and bought a pastry blender. It was so adult of me!! No more squishing with my fingers when a recipe calls to cut in butter or shortening with a knife or fork. Ok so maybe I’ll go back to my roots every once in awhile. It WAS pretty fun! But seriously BUY a pastry blender. They’re so inexpensive and really make your life so much easier. And they don’t take up too much room in your kitchen which is half the reason I stall on buying specialty kitchen gadgets.
Next whisk together the egg and milk. I always use skim when cooking or baking because that’s what we drink. But 2%, whole milk, whatever you got, it works. Heck you can even substitute cream in a pinch! Cooking and baking should cater to YOUR tastes…..or to whatever you have on hand in the fridge. But my hubby is ALWAYS fabulous about running to the store for me when I forget ingredients. He really needs a shout out for that!
Pour the milk and egg mixture into the dry ingredients. Stir until just moistened or basically until the all the dry ingredients disappear. Your dough should look like this! Mmm! Look at all those air pockets that will help our dough rise up nice and tall while baking.
On a well floured surface, knead the dough 8-10 times. Punch it down, fold it over on itself, basically just suck up some of that extra flour. Easy peasy! Then using a rolling pin, roll the dough out to 3/4″ thickness. I’ve got two of these wood rolling pins and they’ve never done me wrong!
Now cut out biscuits using a 2-1/2″ biscuit cutter or circle cookie cutter. The biscuit cutter is another new tool for me! It was so easy to use and I love the fancy little scalloped edges that it left behind. Place the biscuits on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Parchment paper is life! But you already knew that. Its ok if you don’t get all 12 biscuits cut on the first run. It’s ok to ball up the dough and roll it out again to cut a few more!
Bake in a 450 degree preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Can you believe how tall these homemade biscuits bake up?!? They seriously turn out this great. Every. Damn. Time!
Top warm biscuits with a pad of butter and watch it melt! This little stack is for me! You’re going to have to get your own! If you loved this quick and easy bread recipe then you need to check out our Parmesan Garlic Knots.
Light & Flaky Biscuits
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1 large egg
- 2/3 cup milk
- Step 1 In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt to combine.
- Step 2 Cut in the shortening using a pastry blender or fork until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Step 3 Whisk together the egg and milk.Pour the milk and egg mixture into the dry ingredients. Stir until just moistened.
- Step 4 On a well floured surface, knead the dough 8-10 times. Then roll the dough out to 3/4″ thickness.
- Step 5 Cut out biscuits using a 2-1/2″ biscuit cutter or circle cookie cutter.Place the biscuits on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Step 6 Bake in a 450 degree preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm and enjoy!
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