There is no reason to pop one of those tubes when it literally takes a matter of minutes for you to have the best darn biscuits ever.
1/3 cup butter (stick should be cold, just out of the fridge)
2 cups flour + a lil more for dusting
2 1/2 teaspoons baking power
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon of sugar (optional)
3/4 cup milk
Preheat the oven to 425 °F.
In a mixing bowl combine the flour, baking power, salt, and sugar. Cut in the butter. (I use my clean fingers for this. break off the butter into small pieces using the flour to keep it dry.) You want to incorporate the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs. Crack the egg into the bowl and stir it into the mixture which should still be quite dry. Add milk and stir to combine but only until a dough starts to form. If it is too sticky, add a bit more flour. Too dry a tad more milk.
Use a lightly floured flat dinner plate to turn the dough onto. Dust a bit of flour on top and using the flat pads of your hands, press the dough out to an even thickness (from 3/4 inch to 1/2 inch depending on how thick you want them to be). Use a cutter (I use a small plastic cup) and cut out your biscuits. Place them on an ungreased cookie sheet, cake pan or bottom of a spring-form pan. They can be pretty close together if you like or you can give them about an inch of room, your choice*. Bake until slightly golden or for about 12 minutes. That’s it. Enjoy!
*Consider brushing them with an egg wash ( 1 egg blended with 2 tablespoons of water) before baking.
Wanna make your biscuits extra special? Try one of these tips:
Kick up the dough:
- add a tablespoon of freshly chopped herbs from your garden like rosemary, basil or a blend
- add 1/2 cup of shredded cheese of choice
- try a combination of flours like corn, whole wheat, flax, or oat. (You may need to add more milk when using denser flours. Rice flour would not work.)
- Substitute milk for 1 cup of buttermilk (approximately)
- brush with a topping of melted butter and 1 tablespoon of honey
- brush with olive oil and sprinkle Parmesan cheese