plain & simple biscuits

3.30.2011

These are fool-proof biscuits. They are so easy to make and absolutely delicious.

plain + simple biscuits 
adapted from ad hoc at home

ingredients
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp and 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 lb (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-tablespoon pieces, frozen
  • 1-1/2 cups half and half
directions
  1. In bowl of food processor, combine flours, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Pulse several times to blend. Add frozen butter. Pulse until pieces are size of peas. Don't over process or let dough come together.
  2. Transfer flour mixture to large bowl. Make well in center. Pour in 1-1/2 cups half and half. Stir and lift mixture with wooden spoon, gently working flour into half and half. Dough should begin to come together but not form solid mass or biscuits may be tough. Turn dough out onto lightly-floured surface. Pat into 3/4-inch rectangle, about 9 inches by 13 inches.
  3. Using 2-1/2-inch round cutter (or bottom of glass), cut out biscuits. Dough trimmings can be gently pushed together, patted out and cut one more time.
  4. Place biscuits, 1-inch apart, on parchment-lined baking sheets.
  5. Bake in preheated 425F oven 15 to 18 minutes, rotating pans halfway through, until golden. If desired, brush with melted butter. Serve warm. Makes about 18.

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