Sage, thyme, and nutty, flavorful browned butter make these biscuits extra-special, and they're easier than you might think. Browning the butter takes just a few minutes, then it's just a matter of chopping the herbs and making the biscuits.
The herbs steep in the brown butter as it cools, then the mixture is stirred into the dry ingredients, making a soft dough for perfect biscuits.
Serve these delectable biscuits with any meal, or add them to your holiday dinner menu. The flavors are perfect for Thanksgiving. They would make an excellent topping for a leftover turkey pie or casserole.
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons fresh finely chopped sage
- 1 teaspoon fresh chopped thyme, optional
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon sugar, optional
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 to 2 tablespoons butter, melted, for tops
- Have an inch or two of cool water ready in the sink or in a large baking pan (large enough to set the hot saucepan in to cool).
- In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Cook, stirring constantly, until you begin to see the sediment browning on the bottom or along the sides of the pan. Keep cooking, stirring, just until the sediment is a nice rich brown. Don't let it burn. Remove the pan from the heat and set in the large baking pan or sink with cool water to keep the butter from cooking more.
- Add the chopped sage and thyme to the butter and stir. Let stand until cooled to room temperature.
- Heat the oven to 425 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat, or spray it lightly with nonstick baking spray.
- In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. With a whisk, blend the flour mixture thoroughly. Stir in the brown butter - herb mixture and the milk until moist.
- Turn out onto a floured surface and knead 3 or 4 times to form a cohesive, soft dough. Pat into a circle about 1/2- to 3/4-inch thick.
- Cut out with biscuit cutters and arrange on the prepared baking sheet. Gather any dough scraps together, pat into a circle, and cut out more biscuits. Repeat with any remaining dough.
- Bake the biscuits for 12 to 14 minutes, until nicely browned. Brush the tops with the 1 to 2 tablespoons of melted butter.
- Serve the biscuits hot, and have plenty of butter handy.
Makes about 10 to 15 biscuits, depending on size.
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