Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Grease a baking sheet with butter or line with parchment paper. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
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Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt to a large mixing bowl, whisk together until combined.
Rotate the pan 180 degrees in the oven and continue baking until fluffy and lightly golden on top, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove the biscuits to a bowl lined with a clean tea or kitchen towel and fold towel over to preserve warmth and steam.
From fluffy pancakes to salad dressing, hoe cakes to fried chicken, it’s an important ingredient in so many of our favorite recipes — including these flaky sweet potato biscuits! The buttermilk serves a couple of purposes that you can’t achieve with regular milk: Flavor: the buttermilk gives the biscuits a nice, subtle tanginess
The biscuit mix itself is a simple combination of all-purpose flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. For light and fluffy biscuits, steer clear of any flour made from 100% hard red wheat; this style is relatively low in starch and high in protein, readily forming gluten in a high-moisture dough.
Grated butter gives a more even distribution of fat throughout the dough, which will make the biscuits light and fluffy. Combine the butter with White Lily self-rising flour. (We always use this type of flour because it’s made with a softer winter wheat; it has less protein and less gluten so the biscuits will be much more tender.)
Substitute buttermilk, light cream, or heavy cream for the whole milk, if you prefer. Use enough of whatever liquid you choose to bring the dough together readily, without having to work it too much. For more tips on how to substitute different liquids and fats in biscuits, see our blog post, Fats and liquids in biscuits.
Be it from-scratch buttermilk biscuits or store-bought puff pastry, the key to making a butter-based dough reach picturesquely voluminous heights when baked comes down to temperature control. And no, we're not talking involved monitoring with Thermapen precision—just adding one simple step before baking is all you need to do.