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Baking Biscuits and a High Altitude Biscuit Recipe 
Feb. 23, 2012 9:24 am 
Updated: Dec. 29, 2013 12:10 pm

      A good biscuit is one that is soft and fluffy. It doesn't crumble when you eat it, nor is it dry.  My biscuit test is simple. If you eat the biscuit the next day, doesn't fall apart, and is still moist; then, I love it! 

My family's favorite way to eat biscuits is the: 

I am sure there is a recipe on the internet like this somewhere because it is so easy. I wrote this up for my family cookbook because my kids want all their favorite dishes included in the cookbook. 

Lela's Bacon Egg and Cheese Biscuit


 2 servings:

1/2 cup of Egg Beaters

1 egg

4 pieces of crisp bacon

4 slices of American cheese

salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Spray


Spray a nonstick pan with cooking spray. Heat pan on medium.

Beat egg. Then add 1/2 cup of egg beaters to the egg and beat. Add salt and pepper to taste. Let the eggs cook until you see the edges firm up. Then gently cut eggs in half with a spatula and turn over. You won't be able to do this if the bottom of the egg is not set. Cook on medium heat until done. Fold each egg in half and add to biscuit. Cut biscuit in half. Add eggs, bacon, and cheese. Warm in the microwave until cheese melts for 20-30 seconds. Microwave times will vary.

Cheese Egg and Bacon Muffin

You can also make a Cheese Egg and Bacon on an English Muffin. My daughter likes to tuck the cheese, bacon, and egg in before she microwaves her Cheese Egg and Bacon Muffin. Here is a photo of what she does before she microwaves it. She then wraps it in tin foil and eats in on her way to work. 

JP's Big Daddy Biscuits

If you don't have a great biscuit recipe you might try JP's Big Daddy Biscuits. Now, I had to customize JPs biscuit for several reasons. First, shortening has soy and unfortunately, I am allergic to soy. Second, my family prefers buttermilk biscuits. Third, I live at high altitude, (5066 feet above sea level;) thus, I had to decrease the baking powder and increase the oven temperature.

JP's Big Daddy Biscuits (link for the original recipe)

Biscuit Hints:

(I don't claim to be an expert by any means.)

What I have learned about making buttermilk biscuits:

When kneading biscuits, I use waxed paper and gently knead the dough 3-4 times. Then, pat the dough until it is 3/4 inch high. 

The butter needs to be cold.

Although the recipe calls for 1 cup of milk, add 3/4 cup. Then, add more if needed.

Use a fork to mix the buttermilk into the flour mixture.

Don't use a rolling pin.

A Few Reviews with Great Advice:

 Most Helpful Reviews for JP's Biscuits link

There are plenty of reviews. I would suggest reading the most helpful to get some hints on making biscuits:

>Ok, I come from a family of very picky biscuit lovers. I looked all summer for a soft big biscuit and have FOUND IT ! I don't see why people have had problems with these. They are great and I make them all the time. I do substitute butter or margarine for the shortning, better flavor. For those who didn't get the desired results -- Try these tips: 1.Don't overmix the dough once you add the milk and only pat together (no real "kneading" or they will be tough). 2.only add the amount of milk you need, some days I have to use it all and then others I have a little left in the cup. 3. make sure the shortning or butter is cold 4.can brush with melted butter before and/or after baking for added softness and flavor and 5. can place closer together if yours still aren't soft. CookieClaire


>We love these so much that I make them in bulk and freeze them. I bake the frozen ones at 350 for 25 min. I use butter (gives them a crispy outside).... I also DO NOT knead them. If you use too much milk, let the dough sit and it will soak up the milk. When I go to cut them I pat them into a long narrow strip, just wide enough for my cutter. Then there is little to no waste because if you try to re-roll the dough, those biscuits will be a little bit more tough than the first ones. Yum!  PrincessKarolY

Biscuit Talk: How Do You Eat Your Biscuits?

Although I thought I had the great biscuit recipe, JP's Big Daddy Biscuits are by far the best biscuit I have made yet. Now, there are probably some great biscuit recipes out there that I have not encountered. If you have a great biscuit recipe or a biscuit making technique to share, please do! 

Related blogs or recipes:

Since I live at high altitude 5066 feet above sea level I have adapted some recipes for high altitude.

Amish Wheat Bread for High Altitude

Brooke's Bombshell Brownies for High Altitude

Grandma Rita's Butter Rolls work at any altitude

Lela's Thick Style Tortillas

Bacon Egg Cheese Biscuit
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J.P.'s Big Daddy Biscuits
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Feb. 23, 2012 10:48 am
Saved! Looks easy enough. I will try it soon. I made some gluten-free biscuits with almond flour last week and they were yummy! Now to try the REAL thing! Thank you for the high altitude changes!
Feb. 23, 2012 10:51 am
Merlion, you are welcome. The biscuits with almond flour sound great, too. Happy Baking!
Feb. 23, 2012 12:00 pm
I never made "really good" biscuits until I tried this recipe. I never before realized the adjustments one must make to bake at higher elevations, but you seem to have it well figured. Thanks for sharing!
Feb. 23, 2012 1:18 pm
I love Bojangles Biscuits. I have never made a home made Biscuit.
Feb. 23, 2012 1:51 pm
Hi BigShotsMom. I thought I had a good recipe, until I realized recently- maybe biscuits need a high altitude adjustment,too! So,I tried the recipe I had, and 3 other recipes for high altitude. Then, I let my family choose the biscuit they liked best. It only took about a month because I tried making biscuits about once a week this month.
Feb. 23, 2012 1:53 pm
Hello, King Sparta-that surprises me that you haven't ventured into the biscuit world since you are so good at making bread. I have never tried Bojangles biscuits. Is it a restaurant recipe?
Feb. 23, 2012 6:11 pm
Lela! Thanks... Girl you know how I love my Biscuits!!!!
Feb. 23, 2012 7:52 pm
Hi Terry! BIscuits with your BBQ Chicken! Heaven!
Feb. 24, 2012 7:23 am
Thanks for posting this Lela - I love the flavor of JP's but have had trouble getting the desired results. I'll be trying them again soon. :D
Feb. 24, 2012 8:53 am
Hi Caroline, you are welcome. Thanks for reading my blog. I hope the biscuits turn out for you!
Dec. 29, 2013 12:10 pm
Hi Lela. In my search for high altitude biscuits, I came upon a link to here! ;) I only live at 3000ft but my biscuits seem to turn into hockey pucks (compared to when I lived at sea level). So my original recipe uses 1 tablespoon of b.powder, how much should I decrease it? It bakes at 450f for 8-10 minutes. It looks the same as JP's but it uses no sugar or b. soda. I want to serve it with stew tonight! :)
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I enjoy cooking for our family sit down dinners. Although my kids are grown, we are a close family that enjoys 4-5 sit down dinners a week together. My family's favorite dinner is chicken enchiladas smothered in green chili. I have a passion for cooking, baking for the holidays and food photography.
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I am family oriented and spend time with my family enjoying meals. My favorite things to cook are Mexican food and any food my family asks me to cook. My family looks forward to home cooked Mexican food at least once a week and Italian food.
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I am on a journey to reclaim family recipes that were lost when the cooks in my family passed away. Cooking traditions are a major part of my passion for cooking. On Christmas Eve, we always had green chili and tamales. Cookie baking, lemon bars, pizzelles , and potica have been a must at Christmas as long as I can remember. My family looks forward to homemade pizza, when we gather as a family to decorate the Christmas cookies. Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving without noodles and gravy piled high on mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and broccoli and rice casserole. On the 4th of July, there is the 4th of July Potato Salad that I make using 10 pounds of potatoes. Mexican Food is part of our weekly menu--green chili served over mashed potatoes or as a slopper (green chili poured over hamburgers.) I am always making tortillas for someone. They call my tortillas little white pieces of gold. Saturdays are Family night for dinner. It is the one day my kids can request a meal.
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Seeking help on the Buzz and the AR Blog has resulted in a few triumphs. I am extremely ecstatic about overcoming the yeast monster. I can now bake baguettes, focaccia and the best rolls in the world, my Grandma Rita's Butter Rolls.
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My first attempts at baking bread/rolls resulted in rock hard flat rolls. However, I am improving. Baking at High Altitude is somewhat of a challenge.
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