Helen Fletcher shows us an easy recipe for homemade biscuits.
3 cups sifted cake flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 to 1 2/3 cups 40% cream
Preheat oven* see below.
Place the flour, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl. Blend together. With the machine running, pour the cream in a steady stream. The dough should be somewhat sticky. If it is not, add more cream.
On a floured surface, knead the dough 5 or 6 times to bring together, then pat or roll the dough to about 3/4 inch thick. Cut out desired shape and size. Re-roll as necessary. Place on a parchment lined sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, just until colored around edges.
Serve immediately or cool and freeze. To heat from a frozen state, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place on a baking sheet directly from the freezer and heat for 8 to 10 minutes.
*If you bake the biscuits at 350 degrees for 15 to 18 minutes they will have a softer top and bottom.
If you bake them at 450 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes they will have a browner and crisper top and bottom.
2 3/4 inch round biscuit cutter yields – 9. do not twist the cutter. Cut straight down and bring it straight up.