Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Simple Biscuits

Simple Biscuits
I have a bunch of biscuit recipes to share with you (not all at once, today is just this one). It seems like such a silly thing to have made a bunch of versions of, but, biscuits are great! They're a quick, easy, and delicious breakfast! Flaky, buttery, and warm-it's a great way to start your day!

Simple Biscuits
This was actually the first recipe I had ever used to make biscuits (except for the cheddar ones) from scratch. I've learned a lot since then. This recipe played a part on my road to growth. I learned you can use a food processor to make biscuits, super duper easily  (I also learned this lesson from this pie crust).
Simple Biscuits
I also learned-so what, I don't have a biscuit cutter? The rim of this cup is the right size and will do just fine. And it did.
Truth-I really am proud of how far I've come. From the little girl who used Jiffy muffin mix (the only thing I was allowed to make, my mom was paranoid about messes in the kitchen), to the kid who took pride in her scrambled eggs, to the teen who mostly cooked out of boxes (mashed potatoes, oreo pie, etc.), to the young girl in New York, slowly learning from those around her, then becoming obsessed with recipes online, to the young woman who started a food blog, then got her own kitchen, and has now made homemade pizza, ice cream, even used yeast! (that was a long run on sentence. Apologies to any English teachers in the audience.) I have come a long way indeed, and I still have so much further to go. I'm excited for the journey-and I hope you guys will stick with me through it. :)

Simple Biscuits

Simple Biscuits
Makes 6-8 biscuits
  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 5 tbsp. very cold butter
  • 1 cup very cold milk
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Place dry ingredients in food processor and pulse for a few seconds (if you don't have a food processor just mix together in a large bowl).
  • Cut butter into small pieces and add in with the dry ingredients.
  • Pulse in food processor until the butter pieces are approx. the size of peas (you can use a pastry cutter or 2 knives for the step if you aren't using food processor-or just your fingers).
  • If using food processor-transfer to a bowl and add milk. Toss gently until just barely combined.
  • Put dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until the dough forms a cohesive ball. Roll into a 1/2-3/4 in. rectangle and cut out 2 in. circles (may have to re-roll, try to minimize). 
  • Place the circles on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes, until lightly browned.
  • Serve warm with butter, jam, or honey (or whatever you so please)



  1. Mmmmmmm.

    These would have gone great with dinner tonight!

  2. Maybe I'm overly emotional today, but your run-on sentence about how far you've come in your cooking life seriously game me goosebumps of joy and maybe even a little tear. :-) I am proud of you, keep up the good work.
    The biscuits look amazing and I can't wait to see what other biscuit recipes you're going to share with us!

  3. Hot, buttery, fluffy biscuits - GAWD! They really are a true weakness of mine, and just looking at your photos I can smell and taste them... Love the story of your journey through food and you have every reason to be proud...

    1. Thanks so much for sharing with Made with Love Mondays - so many people are going to be happy :)

  4. Hey Kayle, I think your bakes look brilliant, wouldn't have known you cooked from pre-mixed and boxed recipes. I'll definitely be sticking around to read more :)

    1. Ah yes, old Kayle was a boxed fiend-she did not know better. Her whole life her mom told her that boxed stuff was just as good, just easier. My mother lied to me :P

  5. Biscuits and gravy are high on my list of all time comfort food which is odd because I'm not from the south and never had that food as a child. I avoid making biscuits because I would end up inhaling this entire tray. Although if Brian is home he'd swallow them even faster than I could! I'm going to save this easy recipe for the right occasion.

  6. Your biscuits do look like they have all the amazing qualities that I like. Fluffy and toasty. Cool how you explained your journey with biscuit baking. I used the boxed mixed too when I started baking. Now days I would not dare! Delicious post, biscuits are always welcome on the table in our house!

  7. Your biscuits do look like they have all the amazing qualities that I like. Fluffy and toasty. Cool how you explained your journey with biscuit baking. I used the boxed mixed too when I started baking. Now days I would not dare! Delicious post, biscuits are always welcome on the table in our house!

  8. Hi Kayle! Something for you is waiting on my blog http://www.italianinthemidwest.com/2012/03/burger-bun.html

  9. Biscuits aren't eaten for breakfast in Australia so when I need my American fix I make my own sausage patties, homemade biscuits and I'm a happy camper. I'd be very happy with your biscuits!

  10. your biscuits look wonderful, definitely going to make them next time the biscuit craving strikes! i've had a similar path as you in learning to cook! the college years were full of ramen noodles, lipton side dishes, Easy Mac, mixes for biscuits and muffins...i was actually convinced i didn't care for cooking back then

  11. Homemade biscuits are the best, especially when they're served warm with a slather of butter and freshly made jam. Yum!

  12. These truly are simple and the recipe sounds like a keeper.

  13. Hi Thanks so much for checking out my blog,
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  14. I have been looking for a simple biscuit recipe for a while - these look great! What are your thoughts on using buttermilk/sour milk vs regular milk?

    1. I love using buttermilk in some biscuit recipes-and I think it adds a little something. But these biscuits are really great with just normal milk

  15. Hi girl!! I just made these and they were awesome! Happy easter! XO


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