Biscuits are really easy to make from scratch. And pretty quick, too, once you get a system down. I use a recipe adapted from here, and they always come out great.
Start by mixing your dry ingredients in a bowl:
Then cut in the fat. I use a mix of butter and shortening. The butter makes them extra tender and gives a little extra flavor.
Beat the eggs and milk together until well-blended. Here I used regular whole milk, but if I have some on hand, I'll use buttermilk If using buttermilk, add about 1/4 tsp baking soda with the dry ingredients.
Add the wet to the dry and mix until just blended.
Now comes the fun part! Turn the dough out on to a well-floured surface and knead 20 times. Now pretend I took a picture of that part. I forgot because I was busy trying to get gooey bits of biscuit dough off of my hands.
Next, roll the dough out about 3/4 inch thick.
Here's a fun tip: If you want layered biscuits, like the ones you buy in a can, do this:
Then roll it out again.
Grab your trusty, very old, not quite round, wobbly-handled biscuit cutter and cut out some biscuits!
Put them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
The recipe is supposed to make 12 biscuits, but I always roll them a little too thin, so I get a couple extras.
Bake for 8-10 minutes at 450 F, or until golden.
Serve with lots of butter and honey or jam. Or whip up some sausage gravy and ladle on a goodly amount.
Serve with a side of scrambled eggs for an easy (and inexpensive) dinner.
Hope you try these soon! Here's the full recipe:
Fluffy Biscuits2 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
3 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup butter
2/3 cup milk or buttermilk*
In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Cut in shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Beat egg with milk; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
Turn onto a well-floured surface; knead 20 times. Roll to 3/4-in. thickness; cut with a floured 2-1/2-in. biscuit cutter. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 450 degrees F for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.
*If using buttermilk, add 1/4 tsp baking soda to the dry ingredients.