Like cuisine, Hands are neither inherently good nor inherently bad. It is what we do with them that make them that way. My hands make biscuits. I will be remembered by the generations that both precede and proceed me for the crisp flaky exterior ultra-tender buttery interior of the biscuit that has become the reflection of my soul. Whether you choose to glaze them with Black-pepper honey butter in the style of a fine sticky bun or place a slab of seared country ham on it with a smothering of red-eye gravy. These biscuits are the best you ever had and it is because of my hands that they assume their rightful superiority among the baked goods. It is because of these biscuits that my family, both young and old, will always remember the warmth and care of my hands.- davebr —davebr
Test Kitchen Notes
With pantry staples you are likely to have, and requiring only your hands as the primary kitchen tools, davebr’s Uneeda Biscuit recipe comes together quickly, with excellent results. I made these on Mother’s Day, with two extra pairs of hands (my two children) to help measure, mix, and pour my way to feather soft biscuit dough. With a brush of whole milk-egg wash, twenty minutes in the oven, and you are on your way to biscuit perfection. Get ready for fragrant, golden brown, flaky biscuits with a fluffy, buttery-soft interior. We enjoyed them hot out of the oven, drizzled with honey and tried not to burn ourselves. My family will be enjoying these for years to come. - gingerroot —gingerroot
Combine 2 cups of the flour with the baking powder, salt and sugar in a mixing bowl.
Cube the chilled butter and place it into the flour mixture. Break the cubes up with your hands until the butter resembles that of the size of a pea.
Form a well into the center of the flour-butter mixture and pour 1 cup of the milk into the well. Mix with you fingers until the four has absorbed the milk. Add any extra flour as needed to bring the mixture together until it resembles a dough that can be easily handled out of the bowl.
Sprinkle some flour out onto your counter and place the dough onto the floured surface. Press the dough down with your hands until a uniform thickness is achieved of about 2 inches. Cut the dough into 12 uniform biscuits. Place the biscuits with their sides touching one another on a parchment paper or foil lined baking tray.
In a small bowl whisk together the egg with the 1/2 cup of milk and brush the egg wash over the top of the biscuits. Place the biscuits into the oven on the center rack and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and prepare for immortality.