Classic Baking-Powder Biscuits
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1⁄2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. fine sea salt
- 8 Tbs. (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into
- 2⁄3 cup milk
- Whipped butter for serving (optional)
- Warmed maple syrup for serving (optional)
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. With your fingertips, rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse meal, handling it as little as possible. Stir in the milk and blend with a spoon just until all the liquid has been absorbed. With lightly floured hands, work the dough briefly until it barely holds together in a flaky ball.
Place the dough on a lightly floured work surface. Roll or pat the dough out into a round about 1⁄2 inch thick. With a 2-inch biscuit cutter or the rim of a glass, cut out as many rounds as possible. Gather up the scraps, work into a cohesive ball, reroll and cut out more rounds. Do not reroll the dough more than once or you will end up with tough biscuits.
Transfer the biscuits to the prepared baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Serve immediately with whipped butter and warm maple syrup.