Recipe summary

Hands-on time:
15 mins. to 20 mins.
Baking time:
5 mins. to 10 mins.
Total time:
20 mins. to 30 mins.
Yield:
about 1 1/2 dozen 2 1/2" biscuits, or 2 1/2 dozen smaller biscuits
These tasty Maine-style biscuits are extra-tall and fluffy, and don't require buttermilk. Our thanks to the Bakewell Cream folks of Hampden, Maine for this recipe.
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  • 4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour or Perfect Pastry Blend
  • 4 teaspoons Bakewell Cream*
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • cup (8 tablespoons) cold butter
  • 1 1/2 cups cold milk
  • *NOT Bakewell Cream Baking Powder; just plain Bakewell Cream

Directions

  1. 1) Preheat the oven to 475F. Lightly grease a baking sheet, or line with parchment.
  2. 2) Whisk the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  3. 3) Work in the butter till the mixture is crumbly; some larger, pea-sized pieces of butter may remain intact.
  4. 4) Add the milk, stirring till everything is moistened.
  5. 5) Turn the dough out onto a clean work surface (a silicone mat works well), and fold it over once or twice. Pat it into a "-thick square, rectangle, or circle.
  6. 6) Cut the biscuits with a round or square cutter. Place them on the prepared baking sheet. Brush their tops with milk or melted butter, if desired.
  7. 7) Bake for 5 minutes, then turn off the oven. Leave in the oven for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, till they're golden brown.
  8. 8) Remove from the oven, and serve warm with butter and honey, jam, or gravy.
  9. Yield: about 1 dozen big (2 1/2") biscuits, or about 32 smaller (1 1/2") biscuits.

Tips from our bakers

  • Shape biscuit dough ahead, freeze, and enjoy hot biscuits FAST. Simply place unbaked biscuits on a baking sheet, and freeze till solid. Wrap airtight in a bag. When ready to serve, preheat your oven to 475F, and bake biscuits for 8 minutes. Turn the heat off, and leave in the oven for another 5 to 8 minutes, till they're golden brown.
  • How about some tasty variations? For cheese biscuits, toss 1 cup diced sharp cheddar cheese with the dry ingredients and butter, just before adding the milk. For chocolate chip biscuits, same deal: toss 1 cup chocolate chips with the flour/butter mixture just before adding the milk. Bake as directed at right. Chocolate chip biscuits may also be sprinkled with coarse white sparkling sugar just before baking.