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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Homemade Sandwich Biscuits

Homemade biscuits are easy to make and take very little time. Even if you’re not a baker—and I’m not—these simple biscuits turn out golden on the outside, soft inside, and so tasty. 

I rolled them out larger than normal biscuits to make sandwich rolls. This means the dough doesn’t puff up as tall, but they’re just the right size to slice into buns for sandwiches.

Tips: Add the flour to the bowl through a fine-mesh sieve to help loosen and fluff it. And if you don't have a three-inch biscuit cutter, use another three-inch-diamter object to cut out the biscuits, such as a bowl, ramekin, or wine goblet. Just be sure the glass is thick enough to withstand pressing. 

Makes 6 sandwich biscuits

  • 2 cups flour, sifted through a fine sieve, plus more for dusting
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp cold, unsalted butter, cut into small cubes, plus 1-1/2 tbsp for melting
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Use your fingers to rub the butter into the flour mixture until a coarse, grainy meal forms. (This will take several minutes.)
Sift the Flour through a Fine-Mesh Sieve
Butter Cubes Ready to Blend
Butter Blended In
  1. Gradually add the milk, stirring until a soft dough forms. Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead gently for about 30 seconds, long enough to shape into a thick rectangle.
  2. Roll out the dough to about 1/2-inch thickness. 
  3. Use a 3-inch biscuit cutter (or other 3-inch-diameter object) to cut out 3 biscuits and place them on the baking sheet. 
  4. Re-roll the remaining dough and cut out the next 3 biscuits. Place on the baking sheet. 
Dough Ready to Roll 
Cut Out the Biscuits 
Biscuits Ready to Butter
  1. Melt 1-1/2 tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan and spoon a little on top of each biscuit. Bake until golden on the outside and chewy-soft inside, 12 -15 minutes. Remove to a cutting board and let cool 10 minutes.
Biscuits with Butter 
Baked Biscuits
Slice each in half and top with sandwich ingredients. I used them for black bean cakes with spicy kimchi.

Black Bean Cakes with Kimchi

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