James Beard's Mama's Biscuits

Martha Price


These easy-to-make biscuits are "out of this world" according to famed and award-winning chef James Beard. Perhaps he liked them so much because he grew up eating them - they are a specialty of his mother!


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10 - 12 biscuits
10 Min
15 Min


  • 2 c
    sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp
    baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 Tbsp
    sugar, optional
  • 3/4 to 1 c
    heavy cream
  • 4 Tbsp

How to Make James Beard's Mama's Biscuits


  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Sift flour, baking powder and salt (and sugar, if using) into a bowl. Add heavy cream to make a light dough. Pat or roll 1/2 inch thick. Cut into rounds with a floured cutter or glass 1 to 1 and 1/2 inch in diameter.
  3. Melt butter in 9-by-9-inch baking pan or small skillet. Dip each biscuit in butter on both sides and place either in pan or on a buttered cookie sheet (If you like your biscuits crisp on top and bottom and soft in the center, bake them in the (oven-going) pan.
  4. Bake 12 - 15 minutes in the 400º oven, or until golden.

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About James Beard's Mama's Biscuits

Course/Dish: Biscuits
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtag: #celebrity

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