Easy & Delicious Homemade Biscuits

Even though we’re heading into the season of “I don’t want to turn on my oven to make my entire house overheat” season, I thought today I’d share the recipe I use for biscuits, which I have taken from the How to Cook Everything cookbook by Mark Bittman.  They’re really easy (so easy, I’ve memorized the directions) to make and super delicious.

Prep time: 15-ish minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Makes: 10 or so biscuits

2 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2-5 tablespoons COLD butter (I use the whole 5), cut up into smaller bits
1 cup plain yogurt (you can also use buttermilk, but they come out better with yogurt)


1. Turn oven on to 400…or 425.  I have found that it doesn’t totally matter — somewhere in that temperature range is good.

2. In a food processor, drop in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Toss in chopped up butter.  Blend in the food processor until the mixture resembles coarse sand.

3. Put the flour mixture into a bowl, toss in the yogurt and mix until dough resembles a loose ball shape.

4. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface, form into a ball and knead NO MORE than 9 times, until the dough feels like it’s come together.  (It’s important not to work the dough too much — you get fluffier results.)

5. Pat down the dough with your hands until it’s about 3/4-1″ thick.  Cut biscuit shapes and place on a cookie sheet and place in the oven to bake for 8-10 minutes.

*** So this is the basic recipe, which I think is delicious and needs nothing done to it.  You can, however, add stuff to the dough…herbs such as thyme, chopped up rosemary, etc.  Maybe even lemon zest or something, if you wanted that sort of flair.  To do this, you’d place those herbs in the food processor and process with the flour, etc.

About jenny

Jennifer Smith Greene is originally from and lives currently in Burbank, California with her husband Gavin Greene. Jenny completed her undergraduate degree from Woodbury University in Graphic Design. She has worked as a graphics & web designer, both as an in-house and freelance designer. She also has completed a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. She has worked as a hospital chaplain and in support roles in various churches. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys watercolor painting. She has taken classes and workshops under Joseph Stoddard, Tom Fong, Danny Gregory and Jane Friend. Additionally, Jenny is active in the community and volunteers her time on the Board of Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley, a social service nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless children and their families by providing shelter and support services to help the families find jobs and housing. Jenny enjoys reading (and highly recommends the site Goodreads), watching movies, playing softball and tennis and taking walks with her husband. Otherwise, Jenny is always curious to find out about those people who come to her site and would love to hear from you!
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