These homemade biscuits get extra height and softness from a combination of cake flour and all-purpose flour. If you have a difficult time with biscuits, try this method, and be sure to handle the dough as little as possible.
These all-butter biscuits are rich and flaky. They're made with half cake flour and half all-purpose.
The cream of tartar and baking soda may be replaced with an equal amount of baking powder.
- 1 cup cake flour
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar (see tips)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick (4 ounces) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
- 3/4 cup half and half or light cream
- Heat the oven to 400 F.
- In a medium bowl, sift together the cake flour, all-purpose flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt.
- Using a pastry blender, cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles small peas.
- Add the half and half; stir just until ingredients are moistened and dough forms a soft ball.
- Knead the dough in the bowl 2 or 3 times, just until the dough is smooth and soft. A light hand is best!
- On a floured surface, roll or pat the dough to a thickness of about 3/4 of an inch.
- Cut out biscuits with a 2 1/2- to 3-inch round or square cutter.
- Gather up dough scraps, gently reroll, and repeat the procedure until dough is used up.
- Place biscuits on an ungreased or parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Bake the biscuits in the center of the preheated oven until golden brown, about 12 to 15 minutes.
- Serve biscuits hot, with butter.
Baking powder is basically a combination of 2 parts cream of tartar and 1 part baking soda. You may replace the cream of tartar and baking soda with 3 teaspoons of baking powder.
"I was out of half and half and I used the same amount of whole milk. I used 1 tablespoon of sugar to offset the baking soda taste. I removed the biscuits from the oven 2 minute before the cooking time elapsed and brushed with melted butter and place them back in the oven for a couple minutes. The biscuits were very tasty and tender. I have tried many biscuits recipes and this one will be my default until something comes along better." Michael
"After trying several different biscuits recipes, I have found a winner. Not sure if it was the half and half, the cream or tartar or just doing butter only. But this was the best recipe I have tried so far. Fyi... I only got 7 biscuits and since I am obsessed with height so I will probably roll out to a height of 1" next time, so I will get even fewer." J.M.
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