Flaky Currant Biscuits


The only thing that can make our biscuits better is jeweling them with sweet dried currants. For a bit more tang in every bite, use our buttermilk variation.

Flaky Currant Biscuits in red and green basket with ribbon
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
15 mins
Bake Time:
12 mins
Total Time:
27 mins
12 biscuits


  • 3 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder*

  • 1 ½ teaspoon orange zest

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¾ teaspoon cream of tartar*

  • ¾ cup butter

  • cup dried currants

  • 1 cup milk


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. In a large bowl stir together first six ingredients (through cream of tartar). Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add currants; toss to combine. Make a well in center of flour mixture. Add milk all at once. Using a fork, stir just until moistened.

  2. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead dough by folding and gently pressing it just until dough holds together. Pat or lightly roll dough until 3/4 inch thick.** Cut with a floured 2 1/2-inch biscuit cutter; reroll scraps as needed and dip cutter into flour between cuts.

  3. Place dough circles 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet. If desired, brush with additional milk. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until golden. Remove from baking sheet; serve warm.


If baking powder or cream of tartar appears lumpy, sift through a fine-mesh sieve.


You can also roll dough into a circle and cut it into wedges or roll it into a rectangle and cut it into strips or squares.

Buttermilk Biscuits

Prepare as directed, except for rolled-dough biscuits substitute 1 1/4 cups buttermilk or sour milk for the 1 cup milk. For drop biscuits, increase buttermilk or sour milk to 1 1/2 cups milk.TIP: For each 1 cup sour milk, add 1 Tbsp. lemon juice or vinegar to a liquid measuring cup. Add enough milk to make 1 cup total liquid. Stir; let stand 5 minutes before using.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

243 Calories
12g Fat
29g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 243
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 419mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0.6mg 3%
Calcium 104mg 8%
Iron 1.7mg 9%
Potassium 128mg 3%
Folate, total 59.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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