Cream Biscuits

This is a recipe I developed while working in the Gourmet magazine test kitchen. It is so easy and versatile that I use it as the basis for any biscuit-related recipe I make. See Apricot Scones (p 302) and Biscuit Sticky Buns (p 303) in Sara Moulton Cooks at Home, and Egg, Canadian Bacon, and Cheddar Biscuit Sandwiches (p 103) in Sara’s Secrets for Weeknight Meals.

Makes 4 sandwich-size biscuits or up to 12 smaller ones

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 to 3 tablespoons sugar, optional
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1 to 1 1/2 cups heavy cream

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.Stir together the flour, sugar (if using), baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Pour in enough of the cream to just form a dough.

On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough gently several times and divide into 4 to 12 equal balls as desired. Pat out each ball to make a 3/4-inch-thick round on the cookie sheet.

Bake 15 to 20 minutes, depending on size, or until pale golden. Transfer to a rack and let cool slightly.

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9 Responses to Cream Biscuits

  1. Sarah says:

    I love these recipes, especially the fact that they are relatively quick and easy to prepare and don’t require fancy, exotic ingredients. I’m anxious to try them myself. I first saw you on a PBS show with the Asian lady preparing dishes with foraged foods. That was a very interesting program.

  2. Lorna Begley says:

    This is my go to recipe when I make biscuits. Fast. Easy. Delicious.
    I do make it slightly healthier by making it half all purpose white flour and half whole wheat.
    I also place them on a sheet pan like thick cookies. I just use two spoons to shape & push them onto it, so they’re quite rough on the edges, which makes for great texture.

  3. Flora poe says:

    Thank You for the Cream biscuit recipe. It is still not the bread roll I’m looking for.
    On one of your show’s you made a very large puffy airy roll that you had for lunch. Would love
    That recipe. Thank you again. F Poe.

  4. Have watched her cooking shows for years and loves her recipes.

  5. Bill says:

    My biscuits were very dense and heavy!

    • moulton says:

      I should retest and rewrite that recipe using a weight, not a measurement for the flour. Everyone measures flour differently – meaning one person might pack it more than another and end up with more flour. It sounds like you had too much flour in your recipe so if you make it again, leave about 1/4 cup of the flour out of the recipe.

  6. carolyn J Varney says:

    Love them

  7. Robert O’Neil says:

    I use White Lilly self rising flour for this cream biscuits
    I like to keep it as simple as possible

    Less ingredients is better

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