American ‘Biscuits’

Essential Technique

Preparation info
  • Makes about


    biscuits, depending on the size of the cutter used
    • Difficulty


Appears in
Bake!: Essential Techniques for Perfect Baking

By Nick Malgieri

Published 2010

  • About

Biscuits and scones are prepared in a similar manner, though contemporary versions of the latter are quite a bit sweeter. They both require careful handling, but as long as it’s cool in the kitchen and you don’t over-knead the dough, it’s easy to turn out excellent versions of both.


  • 390 g plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon</


  1. Set a rack in the centre of the oven and preheat to 220°C/gas mark 7.
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade and pulse several times to mix.
  3. Add the butter and pulse again repeate