Baking Powder Biscuits

Ingredients

– 3 cups (361g) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

– 1 teaspoon salt

– 1 tablespoon baking powder

– 1 tablespoon sugar

– 6 tablespoons (85g) butter, at room temperature*

– 1 to 1 1/8 cups (227g to 255g) cold milk or buttermilk (use whole milk for the most tender biscuits)*

Instructions

– Preheat your oven to 425°F with a rack in the upper portion. Get out a baking sheet; there’s no need to grease it. Line it with parchment if you like, for easiest cleanup.

– Weigh your flour; or measure it by gently spooning it into a cup, then sweeping off any excess.

– Mix together the flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar.

– Work the butter into the flour mixture using your fingers, a fork or pastry blender, a stand mixer, or a food processor; your goal is an evenly crumbly mixture (think breadcrumbs).

– Drizzle the smaller amount of milk evenly over the flour mixture. Mix quickly and gently for about 15 seconds, until you’ve made a cohesive dough. If the mixture seems dry and won’t come together, don’t keep working it; drizzle in enough milk — up to an additional 2 tablespoons (28g) to make it cohesive.

– Place the dough on a lightly floured work surface. Pat it into a rough rectangle about 3/4″ thick.

– Fold it into thirds like a letter and roll gently with a floured rolling pin until the dough is 3/4″ thick again.

– Cut the dough into circles with a biscuit cutter for traditional round biscuits; a 2 3/8″ cutter makes nice-sized biscuits. Or to avoid leftover dough scraps, cut the dough into squares or diamonds with a bench knife or sharp knife.

– Place the biscuits bottom side up on your prepared baking sheet; turning them over like this yields biscuits with nice, smooth tops. Brush the biscuits with milk, to enhance browning.

– Bake the biscuits for 15 to 20 minutes, until they’re lightly browned. Remove them from the oven, and serve warm.

– Store any leftover biscuits, well wrapped, at room temperature for several days. Freeze for longer storage. Biscuits are always best when they’re rewarmed before serving.

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