Cookbook:Baking Powder Biscuits

Baking Powder Biscuits
CategoryBread recipes
Time45 minutes

Cookbook | Ingredients | Recipes | Bread | Breakfast

Baking powder biscuits are a type of quick bread sometimes served with lunch or dinner, especially for an informal or casual meal. Sometimes biscuits are served with gravy. Often biscuits are served with breakfast. Eaters typically apply butter, honey, jam, or jelly to their biscuits. For breakfast, an eater might add a fried egg, fried ham, sausage or cheese.

Biscuits come in two forms, cut and dropped. Cut biscuits use a fairly normal dough that is rolled out and cut with a circular cookie cutter. Drop biscuits use a somewhat wetter dough that is dropped onto a cookie sheet with a spoon.

Ingredients edit

Ingredient Count Volume

[note 1]

Weight Baker's % (optional)
Component 1
Flour 2 cups (240 ml) 250 g 100%
Baking powder 1 Tbsp (15 ml) 13.8 g 5.52%
Salt tsp (2 ml) 2 g 0.8%
Lard or shortening ⅓ cup (80 ml) 68 g 27.33%
Milk 1 cup (240 ml) for drop biscuits or ¾ cup (180 ml) for cut biscuits 183–244 g 73.2–97.6%
Total 517–578 g 206.85–231.25%

Procedure edit

  1. Mix the dry ingredients.
  2. Cut in the fat, preferably as you would for an apple crisp or traditional pie crust.
  3. Add the milk, mixing only as needed to wet the dough or batter.
  4. If doing drop biscuits, plop the batter by large spoonfuls onto a greased or parchment-lined cookie sheet. Otherwise, for cut biscuits:
    1. Give the dough a quick knead.
    2. Roll the dough out to ½ inch thick, using flour as needed to avoid sticking.
    3. Cut circles with a 2.5-inch cookie cutter, or carve hexagons (a honeycomb pattern) with a knife.
  5. Space the biscuits 1 inch apart on the cookie sheet.
  6. Bake 10–12 minutes in a 450°F oven, stopping when lightly browned on top.
  7. Serve hot.

Conversion notes edit

  1. Weight conversions from USDA National Nutrient Database. Original recipe text and ingredient order preserved. Used cups and spoon values for conversions. Presumed all purpose flour, household composite vegetable shortening, and whole milk. The two milk weights are given as a range and are sequentially reversed from the order given in the volumetric text.