Because I am so very lazy, I adore this particular recipe, which doesn’t involve kneading, rising, rolling, or cutting. The biscuits it produces taste like butter, my favourite flavour. It comes from The Joy of Cooking, 2006 edition (page 639).
Preheat the oven to 425°F.
In a bowl, mix together 1 3/4 cups flour, 1 tbsp baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Drop in 6 tbsp COLD butter (which is 3/8 of a cup, slightly more than a quarter cup and slightly less than a third, or 3/4 of a stick if you get butter in sticks).
Using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut the butter into the mixture until the pieces are pea-sized.
Make a well in the centre of the mixture and pour in 1 cup milk. Stir until the mixture is sticky and just combined.
Using a spoon, drop walnut-sized pieces of dough onto ungreased baking sheets and bake for 13 to 15 minutes, or until the tops are a light golden colour. The don’t expand very much so you can put them pretty close together.
Be careful not to overbake as the bottoms will burn easily. Let cool on a rack or eat hot. Once fully cooled you can store them in an airtight container for a day or two, but they’re best fresh. This recipe makes about 24 1 1/2″ biscuits.