Want me to confuse you a little? American biscuits are different to Australian biscuits because they are more like Australian and British Scones. American Scones are also different again. Aussies refer to cookies and biscuits the same.
My version may not be the authentic ‘Southern American’ Biscuit, whatever that is. It’s more of an interpretation of what I like to eat and I hope you do too!
It’s a weird and crazy world we live in BUT this recipe is delicious and you need it in your life. Once you make it, all the biscuit/scone, drama will disappear and you’ll just have these delicious flaky morsels of yum!
Why this recipe is amazing
Flavour & Texture: THE FLAKIEST, melt-in-your-mouth goodness that you need in your life. Buttery, cheesy and just good on their own or loaded with butter, cream cheese or even make into a breakfast sandwich.
Difficulty & Time: 2/5: They are a little extra work if you roll the dough out rather than scoop but gosh, they are so simple! Less than 40 minutes! Perfect as a quick breakfast or snack.
Versatility: You can make them savoury with cheese & chive, sundried tomatoes or even a sweet variation with spices and chopped fruit. Be mindful of adding extra moisture as it may change the texture.
Key ingredients that are needed:
Plain flour: Nothing fancy here, just your good ole all-purpose/plain flour. You don’t want to add bread flour as it contains more protein which will develop more gluten. Plain flour allows the dough to be airy, light and flaky when combined with the butter. If you want to make it healthy-ish, you can try out wholemeal/wheat flour too! Be aware that different flour blends may create different results therefore you may need to tweak the recipe.
Baking powder: The classic leavener you’ll need when it comes to most cakes, cupcakes and muffins.
Salted Butter: A good butter brand is best, one that has a higher fat content. I use lightly salted grass-fed butter therefore only add a small amount of salt to this recipe. Yes, you can use unsalted but add 1/4-1/2 tsp extra salt.
Heavy whipping cream: Cream provides rich butterfat that creates a flaky, tender crumb and gives a wonderful flavour. The liquid also helps to create moisture within the biscuits.
Salt: A huge part of bread baking but really, all cooking needs SALT! While enhancing the flavour of all ingredients in the recipe and giving the ‘bready’ flavour we all love, it helps to tighten the gluten structure. That strengthening allows the dough to trap and hold more carbon dioxide more efficiently.
Cheddar cheese and variations: This part is optional but boy is it recommended! Cheese in these biscuits takes them up a notch. Extra flavour and extra crunch is always a good thing. Cheddar is just the start though, go forth and try numerous types of cheese but also herbs and maybe sundried tomatoes or olives.
Egg Wash: For purely aesthetic reasons, the whisked egg is used to give a brown, shiny appearance on baked goods. Eggwash just makes you feel all professional and takes your baked goods to another level.
How to make Biscuits
- Preheat your oven to 200°C/400°F and line tray with baking paper. Set aside.
- Mix dry ingredients: In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt.
- Grate the Butter: Coat the butter block in flour then grate into bowl. Toss to ensure butter stands don’t stick together. Gently work the butter into the flour mixture using your fingers. This can also be done in a food processor to create a rough breadcrumb texture.
- Mix until just combined: Slowly drizzle the cream until it comes together and creates a dough. Be gentle and do not overmix, it will create tough biscuits. Add the cheese here if using.
- Scoop or Cut:
- Option 1: Take scoopfuls in your hand and gently create a round shape (I like this as it creates an uneven, crunchy texture when baked). Place onto tray or
- Option 2: Place on a lightly floured workbench. Pat it into a rough rectangle about 2.5cm /1 inch thick. Fold it into thirds, then third again. Gently press or use a rolling pin to roll out until the dough is 2.5cm /1 inch thick again. Either use or knife and cut into squares or use a glass/cookie cutter to cut circles around 6cm /2.5 inch. Gently gather scraps and roll again. Place them together so that they are touching on a tray.
- Brush & Bake: Brush the biscuits with egg wash to enhance browning. Place in the hot oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
- Serve warm with butter and even some honey!
uses for flaky biscuits
Flaky biscuits can be used in a variety of ways, including:
- Biscuit dumplings/pot pie: Drop the biscuits into a pot of soup or stew to create dumplings
- Breakfast slider/sandwiches: Cut the biscuits in half and use them as the base for breakfast sandwiches with scrambled eggs, bacon, and cheese.
- Biscuit pizzas: Top the biscuits with pizza sauce, cheese, and toppings of your choice for a quick and easy pizza-like snack.
- Strawberry shortcake: Split the biscuits in half, and top with sweetened strawberries and whipped cream for a classic dessert.
- Chicken and biscuits: Top the biscuits with cooked chicken and gravy for a comforting meal.
- Biscuit breakfast casserole: Layer the biscuits with eggs, sausage, and cheese for a hearty breakfast casserole.
- Biscuit croutons: Cut the biscuits into small pieces, toss them with melted butter and herbs, and bake until crispy for a unique salad topping.
Mix-ins variations for biscuits
There are many great mix-in variations that you can add to your biscuits to make them even more delicious. Here are some ideas:
- Cheddar cheese and jalapeno: Add shredded cheddar cheese and diced jalapeno to your biscuit dough for a spicy, cheesy twist.
- Rosemary and Parmesan: Mix chopped fresh rosemary and grated Parmesan cheese into the dough for a savoury, herby biscuit.
- Ham and Swiss cheese: Add diced ham and shredded Swiss cheese to the dough for a hearty, savoury biscuit that’s perfect for breakfast or lunch.
- Bacon and chives: Fold crispy bacon and chopped fresh chives into the dough for a savoury, hearty biscuit.
- Sundried tomatoes and feta cheese: Mix chopped sundried tomatoes and crumbled feta cheese into the dough for a Mediterranean-inspired biscuit.
- Blueberries and lemon zest: Fold fresh blueberries and grated lemon zest into the dough for a sweet and tangy biscuit that’s perfect for brunch.
- Chocolate chips and pecans: Add chocolate chips and chopped pecans to the dough for a sweet and nutty biscuit that’s great for dessert.
- Spring/green onions and garlic: Mix chopped spring/green onions and minced garlic into the dough for a savoury, garlicky biscuit.
- Apple and cinnamon: Fold chopped apples and cinnamon into the dough for a sweet and spiced biscuit.
- Cinnamon and sugar: Add cinnamon and sugar to the dough for a sweet, breakfast-inspired biscuit.
Setting you up for success – Tips & Tricks
- Use cold butter: Make sure the butter you use is cold and solid, not melted or softened. This will help create a flaky texture.
- Use plain all-purpose flour: Plain all-purpose has a lower protein content which can result in a more tender biscuit.
- Weigh ingredients or measure properly: Do you know that scooping flour out of the container can actually compress the flour and you’ll possibly end up with ~50% extra?! Compressed flour = Over-measuring = dry, dense and cakey baked products. Weighing is ALWAYS recommended. Grab kitchen scales and you’ll get much more consistent results. If you don’t have scales, you have two options. 1. spoon flour into the measuring cup or 2. use the cup to stir and ‘fluff up’ the flour before scooping and measuring, so it isn’t packed.
- Don’t overwork the dough: Be gentle when mixing the dough and don’t knead it too much, as this can result in tough biscuits.
- Use a biscuit cutter: Use a biscuit cutter to cut the dough into circles instead of using a knife to avoid squishing the layers together.
- Don’t twist the cutter: When cutting the biscuits, press the biscuit cutter straight down without twisting it. Twisting can seal the edges of the dough and prevent the biscuits from rising properly.
- Chill the dough: After cutting the biscuits, chill the dough for 10-15 minutes before baking. This will help the butter or shortening solidify again, which can help create a flaky texture.
- Use a hot oven: Preheat the oven to a high temperature, around 200°C/400°F, to help the biscuits rise quickly and develop a golden crust.
- Serve warm: Serve the biscuits warm for the best taste and texture. Reheat them in a low oven or toaster oven if needed.
Frequently Asked Questions
When I made this dish on our live cooking show, some community members asked:
Keep biscuits in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-4 days.
Allow the biscuits to cool for 10 minutes to help them firm up slightly before eating them on their own or adding toppings.
Yes, After step 5, cover and refrigerate the dough balls for ~2-3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Place onto a lined tray (if frozen, allow to sit at room temp for 10 minutes) and bake at 180°c/ 350°f as per step 6. You can also freeze them semi-baked.
Using expired baking powder, not handling the dough gently enough, or cutting the biscuits too thin can result in flat biscuits.
Yeah! Pulse the dry ingredients together, then add the cold butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. With the machine running, slowly pour in the cream until the dough comes together. Be careful not to over-process the dough.
American Biscuits (Savoury Flaky Scones)
- 250 g (2 cups) plain flour
- 3 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 60 g (¼ cup) butter cold
- 190 g (¾ cup) heavy whipping cream
- 1 large egg whisked
- 65-125 g (½-1 cup) cheddar cheese grated
- Preheat your oven to 200°C/400°F and line tray with baking paper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt.
- Cover butter block in flour then grate into bowl. Toss to ensure butter stands don't stick together. Gently work the butter into the flour mixture using your fingers. This can also be done in a food processor to create a rough bread crumb texture.
- While mixing, slowly drizzle the cream until it comes together and creates a dough. Be gentle and not overmix, it will create tough biscuits. Add the cheese here if using. If the dough is too dry and crumbly, add 1-2 tbsp cream or milk until it comes together.
- Take scoopfuls in your hand and gently create round shape (I like this as it creates an uneven, crunchy texture when baked).Place onto tray.orPlace on a lightly floured work bench. Pat it into a rough rectangle about 2.5cm /1 inch thick. Fold it into thirds, then third again. Gently press or use rolling pin to roll out until the dough is 2.5cm /1 inch thick again. Either use or knife and cut into squares or use a glass/cookie cutter to cut circles around 6cm /2.5 inch. Gently gather scraps and roll again. Place together and touching and tray.
- Brush the biscuits with egg wash to enhance browning. Place in hot oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.Serve warm with butter and even some honey!
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