These are the best tasting biscuits due to the unique cooking method. Easy to put together, moist, and rich, you don't really need butter when serving, but really, who can eat a biscuit without some. Add some jam, cheese, or a thin slice of smoked ham (or all three together!).
Makes 10 - 12 Biscuits
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar, optional
2 teaspoons baking powder**
3/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt - Himalayan Pink Sea Salt or French Grey Sea Salt
1/2 cup (1 stick/8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut in cubes, chilled
3/4 cup heavy cream
Preheat the oven to 475 degrees.
Place flour, sugar, baking powder, and sea salt of choice in a medium bowl and blend well with a fork or pastry blender.
Cut the butter into approximately 1/2" cubes and add to the flour mixture. Incorporate the butter with a pasty cutter, fork, or your fingers until the mixture looks like coarse breadcrumbs.
Add the heavy cream and mix with a fork until dough just holds together. There will be stragglers and dry/wet parts, but don't worry. It will all come together.
Turn the dough onto a floured work surface (counter or board) and very gently knead a few times using a pastry scraper until dough comes together. I f you do not have a pastry scraper, use a metal spatula. Again, very gently pat or roll into a 3/4" thick rectangle. Cut the rectangle in half lengthwise. Then cut each rectangle into 5 or 6 biscuits. Transfer the biscuits to a cookie sheet, turning each one upside down.
Brush the biscuits with a little milk and bake 5 minutes. Turn the oven off and continue baking another 10 - 12 minutes until nice and golden brown. Try to resist opening the oven during the baking process as it will lose the heat.
Serve the biscuits warm.
**I like to make my own baking powder so that it is corn-free. It tends to clump up when stored, so you will have to sift when adding to a recipe.
To make your own baking powder, sift and mix very well together 1 part baking soda and 2 parts cream of tartar. So lets say you want a small amount, sift and mix 1 tablespoon baking soda with 2 tablespoons cream of tartar. You may make as large a batch as you would like. Store in a sealed container. Sift before using.