Friday, January 27, 2012

Basic Biscuits



Last year we took a trip to Wilmington, North Carolina.  Steve’s brother is in the Marines and he was graduating from MARSOC (Marine Special Operations).  This was a pretty big deal, being that a very low percentage of Marines actually graduate from MARSOC – It’s pretty much the Navy Seals for Marines.  So, the whole family packed up and visited this small town on the coast of North Carolina.  


Wilmington was much better than I expected.  I thought it was going to be a sleepy town, but it was just the opposite.  It has a cute downtown with lots of great food up and down the main strip. 

Some of my favorite foods that I had in Wilmington was biscuits and grits.  I never truly experienced this type of southern food before this trip.  The biscuits were flaky and buttery, and the grits were creamy and flavorful – Every time I had them.  Ever since then I have this new love for biscuits and grits.


When I saw that the Daring Bakers challenge for this month was Basic Biscuits I was super excited.  I love trying new recipes for biscuits and it’s always good to have a basic go-to recipe on hand.

Audax Artifex was our January 2012 Daring Bakers’ host. Aud worked tirelessly to master light and fluffy biscuits to help us create delicious and perfect batches in our own kitchens!


I was able to whip up these biscuits one morning without even breaking a sweat.  They took no more than 10 minutes to prepare the dough and get them in the oven.  After the scones came out of the oven, I slathered them in jam and took a big bite.  They were tender, flaky, and perfectly buttery.

This recipe is the perfect starting point to many more different flavors of biscuits.  Add cheese, herbs, fruit, nuts, and any others flavors you crave.  

Enjoy!






Basic Biscuits
For Printable Recipe, Click here!

Makes: 6 Biscuits

1 cup All Purpose Flour
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
¼ teaspoon Salt
2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, Very Cold & Grated
½ cup Milk, Cold {Plus more for brushing the tops}

Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F.  Line 1 baking sheet with parchment paper.  Set aside until needed.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl; sift 2 more times.  Using your hands, rub the cold, grated butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles coarse sand.  Add the milk and, with your hands, mix until the dough has formed. 

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface.  Knead the dough until it is smooth.  Carefully pat the dough into a 6x4-inch rectangle.  Using a 2-inch round biscuit cutter cut out rounds of dough, leaving as little scraps as possible.  Gather up the scraps and cut 2 more rounds of dough – These will not rise as much and won’t be as tender, but they are still delicious and are better than wasting the dough.

Brush the tops of the biscuits with milk and place in the oven to bake until the tops turn a light golden brown, about 5-7 minutes.  Immediately transfer the biscuits to a cooling rack to cool until warm or room temperature.  Serve and enjoy!

Spread the biscuits with jam or butter, eat with eggs and bacon for breakfast, use at the bun to your favorite sandwich, and much more!

Recipe from Audax Artifex for the Daring Bakers Challenge January 2012.

43 comments:

  1. What stunning photography your scones looks so cute, well done on this challenge. Great that you enjoy the recipe so much yes it is very versatile.  Cheers from Audax Artifex from Sydney Australia. 

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  2. Girl I LIVED IN WILMINGTON (Wrightsville Beach, actually) for 2 years and then we lived in Myrtle Beach.  Wilmington is a GREAT town.   It's pretty progressive for it's size, it has yoga, great regional eats, lots of energy b/c it's a college town and the beaches are second to none.  A buried treasure.  Loved living there but love San Diego more  :)

    Your food looks great and I could go on and on...wow....

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  3. YUM! one of my kitchen goals this year is to make biscuits so this would be the perfect recipe to use since it's basic!

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  4. you lived in wrightsville beach?! that's crazy! i just drove past there this summer. my bf's aunt has a house there and we were at north topsail beach!! small world!

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  5. Oh, biscuits! They look just amazing! I am baking it for dinner! Thanks for the recipe!

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  6. seriously obsessed with your blog and constantly pin your eats on pinterest. these biscuits look sooo good!

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  7. Great job Krissy!! Your biscuits look perfect - tender and flaky and amazing! 

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  8. Love when you do Southern food! :)

    And I also love when you talk about Marines because I'm pretty partial to Marines ;)

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  9. hot flaky biscuits right out of the oven! Is there anything better? I mean, really!

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  10. Oh, yum, just reading your post makes me want to prepare another batch and grab the jam from the refrigerator... Wonderful work.

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  11. I am so jealous!  I absolutely LOVE North Carolina!  As a matter of fact, my boyfriend and I are planning a vacation there over the summer.  Thanks for the great recipe for biscuits! (it's just like my grandma's; who is from Tennessee :)

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  12. Your biscuits look delicious and you really do make it sound as if anyone could whip up a batch! I may just try to soon.

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  13. Your biscuits look fantastic, and they really do come together in a snap. I am starting to plot out more meals that need a side of biscuits myself!

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  14. in my opinion, there are few things as delicious as straight-up, buttered, homemade biscuits. YUM! i haven't made any in a few months + i totally should make some this weekend. thanks for the inspiration! =D

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  15. I love biscuits, these look perfect! Biscuits and grits, what a perfectly southern meal!

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  16. Oh, I love a crisp flaky biscuit!  I am curious about the grated butter...I imagine it helps form those delicate layers that are so coveted in a biscuit.  Great photos!

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  17. Hi Krissy! I love this simple recipe. I am sure I will enjoy its perfect taste and full flavors. I am looking forward for more posts.

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  18. OMG - I'm seriouslydrooling over your blog

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  19. These biscuits look wondeful - and that they came together so quickly is a bonus...

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  20. These look so delicious! I love biscuits and scones! ^^

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  21. That's where i live! =) My husband is a marine here and I looooove wilmington!  I live outside the cute-ness in more of the "sleepy" area a little bit north but I visit whenever I can -- LOVE LOVE LOVE downtown wilmington! so many movies are filmed here!

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  22. These are gorgeous. You really did an outstanding job.

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  23. Shannon @ Family BitesJanuary 28, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    These biscuits look wonderful! So pretty.

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  24. Oh, you rocked this challenge!  Your biscuits look marvelous!  Fun to bake along with you this month :)

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  25. These look great :) Are these kinda like scones? ~ Yum!

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  26. Yes, People not living in Northern America call them scones :)

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  27. Thanks Lizzy!  It was a great challenge :)

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  28. No Way!!!  How funny.  Sooo cool your from there.  It really it such a great town.  My brother-in-law is actually stationed there now :)

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  29. Yes.  The grated butter makes it easier for the butter to incorporate into the flour and create flaky layers.  Enjoy!

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  30. North Carolina was SO much fun!  You guys would love it :)

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  31. Smallest world ever! Which base is he stationed at? We're over at Cherry Point!

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  32. Yah!  Love to hear how they turn out!

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  33. You did?!?! How cool! Very progressive, that's for sure :).  I'd agree San Diego still is the best!

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  34. Thanks Audax!  Truly a great recipe :)

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