Classic Biscuits

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 3/4 cup cold butter (do not use warm butter)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup whole milk

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Grate cold butter on a box grater, set aside. 

Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Cut grated butter into the flour mixture with  a pastry cutter or two knives, leaving pea-sized chunks of butter. 

Mix the milk and egg together, then add to flour and butter. 

Mix just until the ingredients are combined. The dough will be sticky but don’t keep working it. You should be able to see the butter pieces in the dough.

Turn the dough out onto a generously floured surface. Sprinkle flour on the dough so it won’t stick to your hands. Knead 10-15 times.

Pat the dough out to 3/4 – 1 inch thickness and cut with a biscuit cutter or a glass. Makes 9-12 biscuits, depending on the size of the glass. 

Place the biscuits on a lightly greased baking sheet or parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

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