Fast Fresh Fluffy Flaky Biscuits

by zesty on December 29, 2008 · 29 comments

Good morning!  The Christmas rush is slowing down and the New Year’s rush is picking up.  I hope you had a great weekend.  I had a great Christmas break and I cannot wait to share some new and exciting recipes with you.

When it comes to homemade biscuits…. I love them! I grew up around biscuits and I certainly can pack a lot of them away.  Warm or cold, butter or Jam… you name it Zesty loves them.

I thought I would share this very simple recipe biscuit recipe.  This is one of the first things I learned to bake when I was a youngster.  The biscuit is very easy to make yet very rewarding to taste.  These take no time to make and go great with almost everything.

Mixing of the ingredients is crucial in producing an excellent biscuit.  I prefer to mix the dough by hand using either a pastry blender, two knives or just your fingertips.  Mixing by hand helps to prevent over mixing of the dough.  My mother-in-law adds the cream of tartar to keep the biscuit very white during the baking process however the topping will encourage the outside to become golden brown and delicious.


  • 2 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 Tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 Cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 Cup milk
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/8 Tsp. Cream of Tartar
  • Topping:

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon milk


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F (205 C) and place rack in center of oven.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, sift or whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cream of tartar and sugar.
  4. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs (use pastry blender, two knives, or fingertips).
  5. Add the milk, slightly beaten egg and stir until just combined.  (The texture should be sticky, moist and lumpy.)
  6. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and knead the dough gently until it comes together and is a smooth dough.
  7. Roll out dough to about 1/2 inch thickness.
  8. Cut out biscuits with a lightly floured cutter of your choice ( I use a small glass ).
  9. Place on prepared baking sheet and brush the tops with the beaten egg and milk mixture and bake for about 10 – 15 minutes or until the tops are golden brown
  10. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack.
  11. Serve warm with butter.
  12. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: I cannot stress enough that this dough should not be overworked and that a light hand is needed.  The test will be in the results.  If you end up with a hard and doughy biscuit, you will know to mix the dough less the next time.

So I have to ask… What is your favorite biscuit topping? I get so excited when I ask this question because I am so in love with biscuits that I am dying to hear what you have to add.  Has anyone tried whole wheat biscuits?  I’ve tried them in the past but I found them a little too heavy.

Have a great Monday and by all means I am open for suggestions… Anything you want Zesty to bake, cook or prepare?  Let me know and I will try my best to make it happen.

Take care


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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 HoneyB

Ok, so now everyone is making biscuits and making me want to make them too!


2 Culinary Cory

These biscuits with sausage gravy and they would be a brunch made in heaven.


3 HangryPants

These biscuits look amazing! I’ve made buscuits using WW pastry flour and they come out great – just as fluffy as with white flour. Favorite topping? I don’t have one. I eat them plain. :D


4 VeggieGirl

Wonderful biscuits!! Can’t go wrong with a jam topping, in my opinion.


5 Megan

Biscuits are the best and yours look absolutely delicious!


6 Erin

These look fabulous! Perfect for a cold December morning. I’m actually a little disappointed now that I have bread baking, instead of biscuits — if you can believe that.


7 ttfn300

plain jane, or jam :)


8 zestycook

HoneyB- Go ahead and make some :)

Cory – I do agree!

HangryPants – very interesting… send me the recipe if you have time, I would like to try them

VeggieGirl- Thanks so much – I do love homemade jam

Thanks Megan

Erin – I would not be disappointed… homemade bread is amazing.


9 Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)

Warm biscuits + butter + honey or apple butter = HEAVEN


10 RecipeGirl

They look so light and fluffy. I’ll have to bookmark as a must-try biscuit recipe. I like to make a big crockpot of pulled pork and use biscuits to make mini-sandwiches for football games. Sweet potato biscuits are good for that too.


11 Mara

I just made apple butter… I think I need to make some biscuits to go with it!


12 Southern Plate

Alright Zesty, as a Southerner I have to second the apple butter but I must add that nothing on this earth beats chocolate gravy on a fresh homemade biscuit!


13 Biz

Yum! Those look like my grandmas! I’ll definitely give these a shot.


14 Jenn (eating bender)

Oh my. There aren’t enough words in the dictionary to describe just how much I love biscuits (or any type of bread for that matter)! I’ve never made homemade biscuits before, though! I always cheat with the Pillsbury Doughboy :) Thanks for the recipe, Zesty! My favorite topping is butter and jam.


15 Victoria

My husband LOVES biscuits and gravy. You can take the boy out of Indiana…., but I prefer them just topped with some strawberry preserves.


16 Rachel (Short[dis]Order Cook)

I love biscuits too, but I have to admit I have yet to get them exactly as I want them. They’re always too flat or too tough. It’s a lifelong practice till I get them right. I don’t want to be looked down on for the rest of my life for using canned biscuits!


17 Natasha

These look perfect!


18 Alisa

Yum! I am going to try these tonight. I love to put butter, cinnomon and sugar on them.


19 joe

i use sterns cane syrup


20 Lois

I just searched for a biscuit recipe with a title that included both “flaky” and “fluffy.” Nice to meet you, Zesty! I need such a recipe because I just made a very yummy flavored cinnamon butter (butter, powdered sugar, honey, & cinnamon all blended together) and am aching to try it on some awesome, warm biscuits. Also, we are cold and snowed in here in the Twin Cities and I need to give my family a treat this morning. I will let you know how the biscuits turn out.
–Lois in MN


21 Lois

They are out of the oven and they turned out wonderfully! The only thing I will do differently next time, is to make them bigger.
Your directions were easy to follow and I am now a big fan of your blog – I have enjoyed looking around while the biscuits were in the oven. –Lois


22 ZestyCook

This is great news Lois….. I am so glad you love the biscuits and the blog. I agree make them bigger and double the batch :)


23 Isabel

Just made your biscuits and they are the bestas ever!!!!!!!


24 juju

I cannot wait to try out this recipe tonight!! I wanted some quick and easy recipe to go with my bean soup, and this looks perfect! Thanks! :-)


25 Mrs Flynn

i’ve just made your biscuits, they did turn out nice and fluffy, with a good flavour as well. They didn’t rise as much as i would have liked, but it was a very rainy day today, so I’m sure that was a factor. Thanks for the recipe!


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