What are the five most common mistakes that people make with biscuits?

  1. Patting the dough too thin.  Everyone loves big tall, flaky biscuits.  The dough should be about 3/4-inch thick.  The biscuits should double in height.
  2. Handling the dough too much.  Gently form a dough ball handling no more than necessary.  Kneading will develop the gluten and you’ll have “hockey pucks” for biscuits.
  3. Letting the butter get too warm.  Start with ice cold butter, work quickly, and don’t let the butter melt.  If it melts, it will soak into the flour and ruin the texture.
  4. Not getting the oven hot enough.  The hot oven quickly turns the water to steam and creates flaky layered biscuits.  Give your oven an extra five minutes to warm up and don’t rely simply on the temperature register.
  5. Making too dry of dough.  You want the dough as wet as you can handle, even a little sticky.  A wet dough rises easier.