Gram’s Biscuits – Tasty Tuesday!

August 11, 2009 by Michelle

I am a carb person. I love carbs. I think some of it was spending time in Europe as a child, but to me few meals are complete without some sort of bread. That includes eating pasta with bread, of course. And post-Thanksgiving, I’ve been known to make sandwiches (more as a child, but still) of leftover mashed potatoes and dressing.

Biscuits are another favorite of mine, especially fresh and right out of the oven. I’m not a huge fan, however, of the taste of overly processed ones, and I love to make them from scratch. When I first sought to do so, I literally could not find a recipe that didn’t include Bisquick. And I stubbornly didn’t want to use Bisquick, as that seemed like cheating to me.

I whined about this to my mom who looked at me blankly, as she’d never made biscuits in her life. She finally suggested talking to my grandmother who fortunately had one recipe that didn’t call for Bisquick – yay!

These are super easy to make, and we rarely have leftovers. They do require a little bit of labor. Personally, I think it’s well worth it in the end.

Cutting in the butter Gram's biscuits on a plate

Gram’s Biscuits

Ingredients:
1/2 c. butter, cold
2 c. flour
1 T baking powder
1/4 t salt
2 t sugar
1/2 t cream of tartar
2/3 c. milk

Directions:
Makes 10 biscuits

Mix all dry ingredients together in medium sized bowl. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter until pieces are pea sized (if you go more, it won’t be fluffy!). If you don’t have a pastry cutter, you can use two knives, but go out and buy a pastry cutter. They’re so much fun to use!

Use a pasty cutter or two knives to but the butter into the flour mixture

Add the milk and stir with a spatula until JUST combined. Knead 10-12 strokes with your hands and turn out to a lightly floured surface.

Knead the dough by hand

Roll to 1/2″ thickness and use a 2 1/2 c glass to cut into biscuits. You can reroll the dough to get all ten biscuits. For the glass, I like to use tall tumblers because the opening is the size I like to make my biscuits, but this isn’t that particular. To keep the dough from sticking to the glass, dip it in flour periodically.

Roll the dough to a rough rectangle

You can also get lazy (like me!) when you aren’t having company and simply cut them into ten or so biscuits rather than using the glass to make them into perfect rounds.  They taste the same and are faster to make, but I’ll admit they aren’t as pretty.

Cut biscuits instead of using glasses to make them round

Bake at 450 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Gram's Biscuits

Gram's Biscuits

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c butter, cold
  • 2 c flour
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 t sugar
  • 1/2 t cream of tartar
  • 2/3 c milk

Instructions

  1. Mix all dry ingredients together in medium sized bowl. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter until pieces are pea sized (if you go more, it won’t be fluffy!). If you don’t have a pastry cutter, you can use two knives, but go out and buy a pastry cutter. They’re so much fun to use!
  2. Add the milk and stir with a spatula until JUST combined. Knead 10-12 strokes with your hands and turn out to a lightly floured surface.
  3. Roll to 1/2? thickness and use a 2 1/2 c glass to cut into biscuits. You can reroll the dough to get all ten biscuits. For the glass, I like to use tall tumblers because the opening is the size I like to make my biscuits, but this isn’t that particular. To keep the dough from sticking to the glass, dip it in flour periodically.
  4. Bake at 450 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Notes

Makes approximately ten biscuits. These are best straight from the oven but will keep for a day or two in a tightly sealed container on your counter.

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  • Kori


    Ooo I love homemade biscuits hot out of the oven with butter and honey. Oh so good.

  • Roxane


    Oh sweet carbs how I love thee!
    My sister and I were just discussing the wonder of biscuits and gravy… I might have to give it a try when the temperature comes down from the 90's!

  • septembermom


    I'm a carb person too! You should hear me at the dinner table, “please pass me another biscuit”. I don't know what I would do without carbs. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Unknown Mami


    I'm a carb person too! They bring me joy.

  • Lisa@BlessedwithGrace


    Carbs…. yum!

  • pseudostoops


    I, too, love carbs.

    How much butter do you need? (I don't see it in the ingredient list, but I can't imagine biscuits without butter…)

  • shopannies


    hubby is a biscut lover I will try your recipe and see if I can make him smile thanks

  • Angela


    Hey stranger! I've not actually disappeared off the face of the earth, even though it probably seems it. I have a lot of catching up to do and this is a yummy place to start!!

    I ADORE biscuits. Growing up in the South, biscuits were practically a food group. And I totally agree, Bisquick is not at all the same.

    When I make homemade biscuits, I always cut them in squares, to avoid rolling and rerolling scraps of dough (that also can make later batches tough). Super quick and easy, even homemade! (and no waste!)

    Okay, now you've made me crave biscuits. Seriously!!

  • Brenda


    These look good, you don't see a lot of recipes with cream of tartar

  • Bee and Rose


    I'm with Kori! Honey and butter on warm biscuits…heavenly!

  • Michelle


    Kori – Would you believe I've never had them with honey? I think I need to try that next time. Mmmm.

    Roxane – Well, yes. That is probably a good idea 🙂 I'm not the biggest fan of cooking in the heat myself, but….

    Kelly – I'm with you… and so are the wee ones. Last night, they happily would have eaten plain spaghetti with plain bread had I not insisted they intersperse that somewhat with proteins and veggies.

    Unknown Mami – Don't they though? I could never do that whole South Beach thing. I love my carbs too much!

    Lisa – Good summary!

    pseudostoops – Ummm thanks! See, someone was actually reading the recipe. It requires a half cup. Recipe is now adjusted — thank you!

    shopannies – It makes me smile, so hopefully it will do the same for him 🙂

    Angela – I was beginning to wonder… I sorta like the squares idea, although the cups are so much fun! I usually don't reroll the scraps but just manually and gently form them into circlish like shapes. I may have to try squares next time.

    Brenda – Not at all. I have my cream of tartar almost exclusively reserved for my biscuits and making play dough.

    Bee and Rose – With two of you espousing its virtues, I'm going to defintely have to try it out.

  • Mrs4444


    You don't look like a carb person, haha. These look yummy!

  • Michelle


    Barb – I don't *look* like a carb person, huh? It's alll about the moderation, really. Someday I'll have to post exactly what I've eaten for a week 🙂

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