My mother made this simple homemade biscuits recipe regularly when I was a child, and I just love them. They are light and fluffy biscuits and taste wonderful with some butter and a drizzle of honey or jam on top. These are seriously the best biscuits that I now make regularly for my family.
And this easy homemade biscuits recipe is quick to make because it’s only 6 ingredients. I usually make them when our family has soup for dinner. Then we either take a biscuit and dip it in our soup, or eat it on the side with honey.
By the way, you’ll want to check out these 12 Favorite Soup Recipes that my family loves because they are all really good recipes too, and they’ll go great with these simple homemade biscuits.
As people make easy homemade biscuits recipes, here are some questions they often ask:
How Do I Bake Biscuits? And What Temperature Do You Cook Biscuits At?
To make the best homemade biscuits, you’ll combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a medium bowl.
Using a pastry cutter, cut the shortening into the dry ingredients until it is like course crumbs. Add the milk all at once, and stir quickly with a fork until just combined. If you overmix biscuits, they will end up tough and dry.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough 1/2 inch thick. Be sure not to roll the dough too thin or they won’t turn out fluffy. Trust me, I learned from experience because I’ve rolled it out too thin before and my biscuits turned out thin and flat. So keep the dough on the thicker side of a 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch when rolling it out.
Cut out biscuits using a 2-inch round biscuit cutter. When cutting the biscuits, be careful not to twist the cutter because that pinches the edges of the biscuit and can prevent the biscuits from rising. Just press down and pull straight up.
Place the cut out biscuits on an ungreased baking sheet.
Bake biscuits at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-13 minutes until golden brown.
What Is The Best Flour For Biscuits?
Chefs have said that self-rising flour is best to make biscuits because it’s pre-mixed to include a blend of hard and soft wheat as well as a leavening ingredient for the perfect rise.
However, you can make delicious biscuits from whatever flour you have on hand. I use all-purpose flour to make this easy homemade biscuits recipe, and they turn out delicious every time. It’s more about practicing how to make biscuits than it is about the type of flour you use.
Why Are My Biscuits Hard?
There are a few reasons your biscuits might turn out hard: overmixing the dough or low oven temperature.
Biscuit dough should be handled as little as possible before baking. Instead of using a stand-up or hand mixer, place the dry ingredients in a bowl and stir them with a fork or wire whisk to combine. Cut in the shortening with a pastry cutter. Then once the milk is added, stir it quickly until all the ingredients are just combined. Overmixing the biscuits can make them hard, tough and dry.
Biscuits also require a high heat of 450 degrees to bake properly. Check your oven temperature to ensure it’s heating correctly before baking your biscuits.
Here is the recipe you can print to make these light and fluffy homemade biscuits:
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- 2 cups flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- ½ cup shortening
- ⅔ cup milk
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
- Cut the shortening into the dry ingredients until it is like course crumbs.
- Add milk all at once, and stir quickly with a fork until just combined. If you overmix biscuits they will end up tough and dry.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough ½ inch to ¾ inch thick. (Keep it on the thicker side so your biscuits don't turn out flat.)
- Cut out biscuits using a 2-inch round biscuit cutter. When cutting the biscuits, be careful not to twist the cutter because that pinches the edges of the biscuit and can prevent the biscuits from rising. Just press down and pull straight up.
- Bake on ungreased baking sheet at 450 degrees for 10-13 minutes.
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