Sweet, moist, packed with raisins, and hot out of the oven, these are quite possibly the best biscuits in the history of biscuits. I don’t say that lightly–biscuits have a long history. I guess you’ll just have to try them for yourself to be the judge. Then let me know what you think!
This recipe was the result of a baking experiment inspired by a reader request for cinnamon raisin biscuits. Only I forgot about the cinnamon part completely, so it’s back to the drawing board on that one. But! In the meantime, I created this recipe, so call it a happy accident of memory loss. You can make these biscuits using my homemade baking mix, Quick Mix or your own favorite baking mix–or if you don’t like to keep baking mix onhand, you can make it by the batch, so I’ve included the recipe from scratch.
How to make Sour Cream Raisin Biscuits:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
Note: To use a baking mix, replace first 5 ingredients with 2 cups baking mix, adding a tablespoon of sugar.
Place first 5 ingredients (or 2 cups of baking mix) in a large bowl and work in the butter with a pastry cutter.
Add the raisins next, before adding the milk, to be sure to get them well blended into the mixture.
Pour in the sour cream and milk.
Knead the dough lightly, adding a little extra flour if needed to keep from sticking.
Roll dough out onto a floured surface and cut out your biscuits.
Aren’t they beautiful already? Take a moment to be impressed with yourself now. And to imagine how delicious they will be hot out of the oven with a nice big pat of butter.
Bake at 450 degrees for 15-20 minutes. These biscuits are so moist with the sour cream, they take a little longer to bake.
There are so many possibilities with these biscuits, of course. Use blueberries or cut-up apples or sliced strawberries instead of raisins! Add nuts! You could also use yogurt instead of sour cream, or use buttermilk. Some yogurt strawberry biscuits sound awfully good to me!
*Recipe makes one dozen biscuits.