Biscuits, or, The Recipe that Can Salvage Any Dinner for Bart

A few weeks ago, I made broccoli soup for dinner and served it with an arugula salad, two things that are NOT high on Bart’s list of favorite foods (but the CSA giveth and the CSA demandeth that we eat broccoli and arugula).

Basically, Bart was really really happy that these biscuits were part of dinner. Except for these brownies, I’m not sure there is anything I make that Bart loves more.

And they really are TREMENDOUSLY good biscuits. I’ve made plenty of other recipes and never had anything come even close.

And a biscuit out of a can? Not even in the same universe.

I mean, these biscuits have six ingredients. It takes one bowl. The only negative is that there is no can to make a cool popping noise when you break it open. But you can move past that, can’t you?

(adapted from Ina Garten)

Makes 8-10 biscuits

2 cups flour (I sometimes do half wheat flour, but I’ll be honest. I like them better with all white flour)
1 Tb baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
8 Tb (1 stick) cold butter, diced
3/4 cup half-and-half

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine dry ingredients in the bowl of an
electric mixer with the paddle attachment on. Add the butter and
mix on low speed until the butter is the size of peas.

Add the half-and-half and mix just until combined.

Dump the dough out on a lightly-floured surface and pat into a 3/4 inch tall square. Cut out circles with a 2 to 2 1/2 inch biscuit cutter (or glass)
and place on a cookie sheet. (The key to good biscuits is not working the dough too much – as light a touch as you can manage is best).

Bake for 20-22 minutes, until the tops are lightly browned. Serve warm.

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  • Reply Ash October 23, 2012 at 11:59 am

    I am totally trying these tonight! They will go perfectly with the potato soup I have planned 🙂

  • Reply Saskia October 23, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    I don't think I've ever had biscuits. I clearly need to rectify that.

  • Reply heidikins October 23, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Biscuits are one of my all-time favorite foods, I make them often and just love love LOVE them. I find it a mortal flaw that J-Mo thinks biscuits are nasty. I'm still not sure if I'm willing to look past this obvious character problem.


  • Reply Mary October 23, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Man, you had me until half and half. I never have that in the house. Guess I'll be making a trip to the store today. These look delicious!

  • Reply Danielle October 23, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    I'm definitely making these with potato soup this week! And we have been on the hunt for a great brownie recipe and have had zero luck, so we'll be trying out your brownies this week too 😉 Thanks for all the fun recipes!

  • Reply sarah s. October 23, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Yum. I have never made Biscuits from scratch. This recipe seems easy enough for me to try!

  • Reply Jodi October 24, 2012 at 2:08 am

    we've been making biscuits more lately and they are wonderful- I'm convinced it's all the butter. I hated opening the can and made Taylor do it every time, I just COULD NOT handle the suspense of it.

  • Reply Mary October 24, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Ok, totally made these tonight (even went to the store for the half and half) and they were awesome! Super easy and quick and WAY better then the grocery store junk. Yum!

  • Reply Madame Coin October 24, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I used to hate making biscuits, because I hate getting the butter in without ruining them.

    Until I found a recipe that uses a cup and a half of cream in place of the butter and the liquid. They're FABULOUS and take even less time to throw together.

  • Reply Chelsea October 24, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    A whole cube of butter AND half and half? They look very tasty, but I'm not going to be making these any time soon. What I would give for your metabolism!!!

  • Reply Ann November 12, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    I don't think this recipe is in your recipe index.

    • Reply Janssen November 13, 2012 at 2:54 am

      You're right! I went back and updated it – thanks for letting me know!

  • Reply allisa December 3, 2012 at 2:50 am

    I made these tonight and they were a big hit! After one bite I almost decided to forgo dinner and just eat an obscene number of biscuits. Ok, I still ate an obscene amount AND dinner, but oh well.

    Now I just need to figure out how to make mine look like yours. My dough was so crumbly (Maybe it's supposed to be?) and my biscuits were not very pretty. Practice makes perfect!

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