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Totally From Scratch Biscuits

Totally From Scratch Biscuits

These simple yet decadent biscuits are a real family treat -- try them with butter, jam and jelly for breakfast or serve them alongside your favorite savory entree Southern-style!

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 to 45 minutes
  • Yield: Six to Eight 3-inch biscuits


  • 1 1/4 cups self-rising flour
  • 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, plus 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour


  • Position rack in center of oven and preheat the oven to 475° F.

  • Sift the self-rising flour, cake flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda into a medium mixing bowl.

  • Using your fingers or a pastry cutter, work the cold butter into the flour until there are no butter pieces larger than a pea.

  • Add the heavy cream to the flour mixture and, using your hands or a rubber spatula, stir just until the cream and flour come together to form a dough. Do not overmix!

  • Sprinkle some of the all-purpose flour on a flat surface and place the dough on top of the flour. Using your hands, press the dough into a 1/2-inch thick disk about 8 inches in diameter.

  • Using a 3-inch round cutter dipped in flour, cut the dough into circles. Be sure to press straight downward when cutting the dough -- a twisting motion will prevent the dough from rising. You will need to re-form the scraps of dough in order to make 8 biscuits. Do this by gathering the scrap pieces together and pressing to re-form into a 1/2-inch thick disk, then cut as many additional biscuits as possible from the re-formed dough.

  • Place the biscuits on a small baking sheet and use a pastry brush to brush the tops with the melted butter.

  • Bake in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown.

  • Using oven mitts or pot holders, remove the biscuits from the oven and allow to cool briefly and serve while still warm.