Flaky biscuits is a quick and delicious quick bread recipe, made with bread flour, butter, and milk, with a fabulous light and velvety texture.
- Serves: 9 persons
- 1 ⅔cups all-purpose flour
- ⅓cup bread flour
- 1tablespoon baking powder
- ½teaspoon salt
- 6tablespoons unsalted butter (chilled)
- 3tablespoons solid vegetable shortening (chilled)
- ½cup cold milk
- ¼cup buttermilk
- 3to 4 tablespoons butter (melted)
Step 1Gather the ingredients. Preheat the oven to 425 F and make sure the rack is in the center of the oven.
Step 2In a large bowl, combine flours, baking powder and salt and mix well.
Step 3Add the butter and with your fingertips, 2 knives, or a pastry blender, cut in the cold butter and shortening until the mixture resembles cornmeal.
Step 4Stir in the cold milk and buttermilk and mix just until dry ingredients are moistened.
Step 5Gather the dough into a ball and place on a lightly floured work surface.
Step 6Roll the dough into a 4 x 10-inch rectangle. Brush lightly with some of the melted butter. Fold one-third of the long side over on the dough, then fold the other side on top to make three layers.
Step 7Roll the dough into an 8-inch square and cut into 9 biscuits. (This prevents scraps of dough and re-rolling, which makes tough biscuits.) If you prefer round biscuits, cut with a 2-inch biscuit cutter, flouring the cutter in between cuts. Make sure that you press straight down with the biscuit cutter so your biscuits will have straight sides.
Step 8Place biscuits 1 1/2-inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet and brush tops with melted butter.
Step 9Bake at 425 F for 11 to 14 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately.