“No forks, No rolling pin, No biscuit cutters but just two well practised hands?” American Style Biscuits (美国饼干)



Don’t confuse this USA biscuit , a type of quick bread with Commonwealth style of crispy biscuits or cookies. As per Wikipedia,

“A biscuit in the United States and parts of Canada, and widely used in popular American English, is a small bread with a firm browned crust and a soft interior. They are made with baking powder or baking soda as a chemical leavening agent rather than yeast although they can also be made using yeast (and are then called “angel biscuits”) or a sourdough starter.. They are traditionally served as a side dish with a meal. As a breakfast item they are often eaten with butter and a sweet condiment such as molasses, light sugarcane syrup, maple syrup, sorghum syrup, honey, or fruit jam or jelly. With other meals they are usually eaten with butter or gravy instead of sweet condiments. However, biscuits and gravy (biscuits covered in country gravy) or biscuits with sausage are usually served for breakfast, sometimes as the main course.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biscuit)


Most of the readers should know that by now, I have a passion for traditional recipes . However, I have never wanted to try making Western biscuits as it is consider a niche recipe. A bake that is not common in Singapore and Malaysia until the arrival of Texas Fried Chicken and Popeye’s fast food chain of restaurant. Usually, the fried chicken served was not accompanied by potatoes chips but instead it was served with biscuits. I do not know exactly what is the difference between scones but it does taste like scones and rather salty. After a few tries, I found that both my kids and myself loves the biscuits..


This morning while I was scrolling Facebook, there is a video shared by one Western friend on this dough bowl biscuits originated from Southern USA. Accompany with it is a Video of an old women who are preparing it with hand feel. It was written that the recipe : No forks, No rolling pin, No biscuit cutters but just two well practised hands. If you are interested, you can refer to : https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=553555134755798&set=vb.546160662161912&type=2&theater


The title really captured my attention and I decided to lay my hand on it. As there is no quantity listed, i have decided to use my hand feel to do the traditional biscuits. Hmmm, I do not know if the outcome is exactly what the granny expected, but I found that it suits my taste buds and rather similar to those sold in Texas Fried Chicken and Popeye’s.


I swore I did not cheat, I did not measure the ingredients and I will show you how I did it.. And if you are game enough, do give it a try. But before you try, I will encourage you to watch the video first..




  • Some self raising flour
  • Some butter, melted
  • Some buttermilk or fresh milk
  • Salt to taste



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  • Sift the self raising flour in a mixing bowl and make a well. Pour the melted butter and follow by milk gradually. Use hand to lightly swirl in a clock wise motion . Do it until it forms of pliable soft dough. Take some and shape round and transfer to a lightly greased tin. Bake in the preheated oven of 180 degree Celsius until golden brown.



Personally, I like the outcome of this “blind” adventure.. I really need just two hands to do the job. Whether authentic or not I am unsure but it does suit my taste buds. I doubt many readers will be as crazy as I am but If i can do it, I am sure you can. Remember that butter and salt will make it smother, fragrant and aromatic. More butter will render less milk required. Your dough should be as soft as you can handle.. Don’t worry, if too sticky, add flour..


Not a great investment. Why not try out this fun adventure. If you like scones, you will like this. Hope you like the post today. Cheers and have a nice day.



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