Southern Biscuits


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ sticks cold butter
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ¼ cup or more cold milk


  1. Preheat oven to 425°
  2. Sift flour, sugar and salt together in a bowl
  3. Cut cold butter into small pieces and add to the flour mixture, and mix quickly with your hands or with a pastry cutter.  You want a coarse consistency, with little bits of butter throughout
  4. Add milk a little at a time until you can form dough.  If the dough is too sticky, add a bit of flour
  5. Once you have a dough, place on a floured board and knead 3 times ONLY!
  6. Then roll dough out to a thickness of ½" and cut into rounds for biscuits or use as a crust for your favorite cobbler
  7. Place cut biscuits on an ungreased sheet pan and bake in preheated 425° oven for 10-14 minutes and serve immediately

Chef Ashbell’s’ Tip: Biscuits are quick breads meant to be made and eaten in 20 minutes, so Don’t overwork the dough as in making bread