Baking Powder Biscuits

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

Difficulty: Easy

Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 55 minutes

Serves: 12

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp. plus ⅛ tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • 6 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cold
  • 1 cup cold whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbsp. water

Directions

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  • In a large bowl, sift together cake flour, baking powder, sugar, and ½ 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 6–8 times. (Be careful not to knead or overwork.) Pat into 1" thickness. Cut into circles using a floured round cutter. Place biscuits 2" 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 15–20 minutes, until golden brown. Turn pan halfway through baking to promote even browning.