Baking Powder Biscuits

This basic biscuit is the perfect accompaniment to your chicken dinner. Or, douse with gravy for a hearty breakfast.

Serves: 12Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 55 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 12


  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 1⁄2 tsp. plus 1⁄8 tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • 6 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cold
  • 1 cup cold whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbsp. water


  • Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  • In a large bowl, sift together cake flour, baking powder, sugar, and 1⁄2 teaspoon salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal.
  • Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, and pour in milk. Using a fork, blend the flour and milk until the dough just comes together.
  • Turn onto a floured surface and fold dough over onto itself 6 to 8 times. (Be careful not to knead or overwork.) Pat into 1-inch thickness. Cut into circles using a floured round cutter. Place biscuits 2 inches apart on prepared pan and set aside to rest 10–15 minutes. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Mix the egg with remaining salt and 1 tablespoon water. Brush lightly onto biscuits, then bake 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown. Turn pan halfway through baking to promote even browning.