I am lazy in the kitchen. I’ll always be the first to admit that. I love great home-cooked meals (thanks Mom and Dad for having spoiled me with good food when I was growing up), but I just can’t bring myself to follow complicated recipes. Recipes that list the exact measurement of every single ingredient and/or calls for some of the most expensive specialty kitchen tools that only a professional chef or cook would own.
This is why I fell in love with the cooking show, Chef Michael’s Kitchen. It teaches you the most basic form of every recipe, then helps you build it up from there. It makes home cooking seem so doable even if like me, you own the most basic kitchen tools and have what may be the most concise array of spices.
In the last couple of years or so, I have learned to love biscuits. I always assumed they were too complicated and difficult to make though, so I never even bothered to look the recipe out. Instead I’d go for the ready-to-bake ones you’d easily find at pretty much any grocery store. So imagine how animatedly ecstatic I got when I caught an episode of Chef Michael making easy, basic biscuits! So I give it a few minor changes, while keeping it simple:
Basic Whole Wheat Biscuit Recipe
- 3 cups White Flour
- 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
- 2 tbsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 cup Butter, grated
- 1 3/4 cup Milk
1. In a mixing bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together. Add grated butter and mix. Lastly, add milk and blend well using a fork or whisk. I personally opted for the fork because it was easier for me to use and keep clean.
2. On a lightly floured surface and using your lightly floured hands, gently knead until the dough starts to form.
3. Then, you can either A) pat it into about a 2-cm thick circle (much like a thick pizza) then slice to size; OR B) roll into a cylindrical shape then slice into round disks. (I opted for option A and used a star-shaped cookie cutter’s because it was all I had at the time.) You can roll dough scraps and re-pat with flour, then repeat this step until you’ve shaped/sliced/cut the last biscuit.
4. Place on ungreased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake in the center of the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 25-30 minutes or until golden.
5. Let it cool, then enjoy!
* Note: Alternatively, you can use all White AP Flour if you don’t want to use or have wheat flour. The rest of the recipe can stay the same.
Have you ever made freshly baked biscuits? Know of a different recipe I should try? Let me know through the comments below.