Saturday, February 25, 2012
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
9 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces
1 1/4 cup milk, cold
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees (F). In a large bowl whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together. Add the butter and cut in with 2 knives, a pastry blender or your fingers until the mixture resembles course crumbs and the largest pieces are no bigger than the size of small peas. Add the 1 1/4 cup milk all at once and mix with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon just until combined.
2. Knead the dough in the bowl 2 or 3 times, folding the dough over itself, just into a rough ball and then transfer to a lightly floured surface, cover with plastic wrap or parchment paper, and roll or pat out to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into 2 inch rounds with a biscuit or cookie cutter dipped in flour. Make sure to push the cutter straight down and pull back up without twisting so that the biscuits will rise evenly. Place the rounds on a baking sheet and brush with melted butter. (You can re-roll the scraps once, any more than that and you risk kneading the dough too much and you’ll end up with tough biscuits) Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown on top and a deeper golden brown on the bottom.