Friday, May 4, 2012

Incredibly Flaky Biscuits

Are these biscuits making your mouth water? The good news is they are quick and easy. My husband loves these so much he will eat half the batch at one sitting with almost an entire jar of homemade jam.  Not fair huh?

These can be made gluten free using Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Mix, just add 1 1/2 tsp Xanthan gum to the recipe for gluten free. Pamela's Gluten Free Baking Mix can also be used just be aware that it contains dairy. If you use Pamela's Mix, Xanthan gum is not needed. You can also make your own gluten free all-purpose flour blend as shown below. Milk can be replaced with any substitute, Soy, Rice, Almond, whatever your needs are. Butter can be replaced with Earth Balance for dairy free and vegan diets.

Homemade gluten free all-purpose flour blend:
1/2 cup rice flour
1/4 cup tapioca starch/flour
1/4 cup cornstarch or potato starch
Mix well. Increase these increments as needed for recipes
Add 1 1/2 tsp. Xanthan Gum to this recipe when using this mix.

Weight watcher points are 3 points each if you make 16 biscuits, or 6 points if you make 8 biscuits like I do.

Incredibly Flaky Biscuits           Preheat oven to 450.
2 cups all-purpose flour (or gluten free mix plus 1 1/2 tsp Xanthan gum)
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/2 cup salted butter, cold (or Earth Balance)
2/3 cup milk (or milk substitute)

In a medium size bowl add flour, baking powder and butter. Using a pastry cutter, work through the butter and flour until mixture is crumbly.
Stir in milk slowly, moving the flour mixture around as you pour so it is evenly moistened. Stir a little until it all sticks together. With a little bit of flour on hands knead a couple of times to form a ball.  Be very careful not to over work the dough, this is how biscuits become tough. We want nice flaky biscuits.

On a lightly floured surface pat dough with hands until about 1/2" thick.
Cut into 16 small biscuits, or 8 larger biscuits. I make 8 biscuits using this recipe.
Place on ungreased baking sheet.
Bake for 8-12 minutes depending on size of biscuits and oven. Watch carefully after 8 minutes.
Cover with a clean towel to keep warm until ready to serve.

Enjoy your biscuits!!


  1. You have Baking powder in the ingredients but soda in the directions. I wanted to try these but need to know which one to use. Thanks.

    1. Oops!! So glad you brought that to my attention! That's what I get for blogging late at night… To answer your question though, baking powder. Take care, Mary Ellen