I was at a friend’s house recently and these delightful biscuits were served with the meal. I enjoyed them so much I had to have the recipe. They are really so simple to make! Serve them slathered with butter or enjoy them with fresh fruit and ice cream as a shortcake-style dessert.
2 cups (10 oz.) unbleached all-purpose flour
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 ¼ cups heavy cream
¼ cup additional heavy cream
Bake the biscuits immediately after cutting them; letting them stand for any length of time can decrease the leavening power and prevent the biscuits from rising in the oven.
- Adjust the oven rack to the upper-middle position and heat the oven to 425°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Add 1 ¼ cups of the cream and stir with a wooden spoon until the dough forms, about 30 seconds. Transfer the dough to the countertop, leaving all dry, floury bits behind in the bowl.
- In 1 tablespoon increments, add up to ¼ cup additional heavy cream to the dry bits left in the bowl, mixing with a wooden spoon after each addition, until moistened. Add these moistened bits to the rest of the dough and knead by hand just until smooth, about 30 seconds.
- Cut the biscuits into rounds or wedges. Place the biscuits on the parchment-lined baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Serve immediately.
Cream Biscuits with Fresh Herbs – Follow the recipe, whisking in 2 tablespoons minced fresh herbs into the flour along with sugar, baking powder and salt.
Cream Biscuits with Cheddar Cheese – Follow the recipe, stirring 2 oz. cheddar cheese, cut into ¼ inch pieces (½ cup) into the flour along with sugar, baking powder and salt. Increase the baking time to 18 minutes.
Makes 8 biscuits.