Biscuits: Preheat your oven to 400
degrees F (200 degrees C) and place the oven rack in the center of the oven. Line a baking sheet
with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl,
whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar (if using). Cut the butter into
the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs (use a pastry
blender, two knives, or fingertips). Add the milk and lightly beaten egg and
mix just until the dough comes together (the texture should be sticky, moist, and
Place the dough on a
lightly floured surface.
Knead gently until it
just comes together.
Roll or pat the dough to
about a 3/4
inch (2 cm) thickness. Cut out biscuits with a lightly floured 3 inch (7.5 cm) round cookie
cutter. Place on the prepared baking sheet and brush the tops with the
milk or cream. Bake for about 15 to 17 minutes or until the tops are golden
brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of a biscuit comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack. Serve warm with butter.
8 - 3 inch
(7.5 cm) Biscuits.
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