Guys! I recently figured out the secret to perfectly soft and flaky biscuits and I am so excited about it. These qualify as the Best Ever Biscuits because they are not only super flaky, soft, and delicious, they are also crazy easy to make!
I saw a video for making pie crust about a month ago and a tip was given for making the pie crust not just flaky but also tender and silky. I was intrigued. The recipe had you put in a tablespoon of oil and stir it in before you cut in butter. hmmm, could the oil really do that?
It got me thinking about a tortilla recipe I have that has you use oil and shortening. And also about my favorite cookie bars that call for part oil, part butter. I’m no scientist, but I can see how the two different types of fat could do different things. And from the recipes I started connecting to this little technique, I would say the results are pretty great.
I decided to try it with my favorite biscuit recipe. I made them two different times, just to make sure it wasn’t a fluke. And because the first time I made them I didn’t take pictures, but after tasting them I knew I needed to post this recipe. So I made another batch the next day.
The first batch I made, the one that didn’t get photographed were so pretty. I used buttermilk so they were much puffier then these. I was out of butter milk when I made the ones in these pics so I used milk with two tsp of white vinegar in it. They were still delicious and amazing, they just didn’t get as tall and puffy.
The original recipe calls for 3/4 cup of butter cut into the biscuits. So to try out the tip I learned from the pie crust videos, what I did was, add 1/4 cup canola oil to the dry ingredients (drizzling 1 tbsp at a time and mixing it in.) This leaves little little lumps in the dough, that it what you want.
Once I had incorporated the entire 1/4 cup of canola oil I added 1/2 cup of cold butter and used a pastry cutter to cut it into the dough.
All you need to do after that is add the soured milk or butter milk and mix it together, just enough to hold together.
I like to put it out onto wax paper or parchment paper instead of straight onto my counter. You need to gently fold it over 5 times and then gently press it to 3/4 inch thick so it will be ready to cut into biscuits.
I sprinkle the wax paper with flour before I put the dough out on it, and I sprinkle the dough with flour as needed to keep it from sticking and use the wax paper to help me fold it over. You can see what I am talking about in the step by step pictures below.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ cup canola oil
- ½ cup cold butter
- 1 cup buttermilk or 1 cup milk mixed with 2 tsp white vinegar (let milk vinegar mixture stand for 5 minutes)
- extra flour for dusting
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees
- Lightly grease a cookie sheet and set aside, if you prefer you can line it with parchment instead
- In a medium sized mixing bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix well.
- Drizzle canola oil into the flour mixture one tbsp at a time, stirring between each increment.
- Cut cold butter into smaller pieces, cubes or inch slices (this just makes it easier to break up with the pastry cutter) and add it too the flour mixture.
- Use a pastry blender to incorporate the butter into the flour mixture. You want the butter pieces to be very small, the size of a small pea is what you are going for.
- At this point add the buttermilk and mix well, enough to incorporate everything but be careful not to over mix.
- Pour mixture out onto a floured counter top or like I suggest in the post, onto a piece of wax paper or parchment paper that you have sprinkled with flour.
- Sprinkle the top of the dough with a little flour if it is extra sticky, push it down gently and then and fold the dough over and press it out gently to an inch or so thick again, Do this five times. You may need to sprinkle with a little more flour during this time.
- On the fifth time gently press the dough out to ¾-1 inch thick. I do ¾ thick because I have a big family and want to get as many biscuits out of the dough as possible.
- Use a biscuit cutter or a cup to cut out circles of dough. Place them an inch or two apart on the cookie sheet you prepared.
- Take leftover dough pieces and gently bring them back together to keep making biscuits. Ge as gentle as you can and careful not to overwork the dough. Remember the less you work the dough, the flakier your biscuits will be.
- Once you have all of the biscuits cut and on the cookie sheet. Place them in the 425 degree oven and bake for 12-15 minutes or until tops are starting to just slightly brown.
- Serve and enjoy!
- Biscuits freeze well. Put them in an airtight Ziploc bag and they can stay good in the freezer for up to two months.