Biscuit Essentials

Southern cooks know the most important biscuit-making essential is a bag of White Lily Flour—but if baking is a big part of your life, it's smart to keep a few other tools on hand, too. Ready to start building your biscuit arsenal? Here a few favorites we think are worth the splurge.

Ultimate Mixing Bowl

Mixing up biscuits in a too-small bowl is a surefire way to make a mess. This roomy 6-liter bowl is perfect for big batches and has a chic Scandi design, including a handy pour spout. Plus, because it's made of melamine, it's lightweight, unbreakable, and easy to clean.

Marble Pastry Board

Bakers love working on stone surfaces because they keep buttery doughs nice and chilly. Don't have room (or the budget!) for a whole marble countertop? This pastry board is an affordable alternative and compact enough that you can stash it away when not in use.

French Rolling Pin

Are you still using a battered rolling pin with wobbly handles? Most professional bakers prefer plain "French-style" pins without handles because they're easier to maneuver and keep clean. This simple dowel-shaped model is built to last a lifetime and just get better with age.

Graduated Biscuit Cutters

Sturdy biscuit cutters can make the difference between sloppy biscuits and stunning ones. The handles on this stainless steel set makes them comfy to use and the graduated sizes give you lots of options, from extra-large to petite.

Pastry Brush

A pastry brush is a must-have for glazing biscuits or for giving them a nice coating of butter or egg wash so they bake up extra shiny and golden. This model, from OXO, has a comfy, ergonomic handle for easy gripping and can be popped into the dishwasher for no hassle cleanup.

Baking Tip

Allow bread dough to rise during both proofing periods, until it doubles in size or until an indentation remains when you press it with your fingers.

Baking Tip

Place cake pans in the middle of the oven for even browning. Leave at least 1 inch of open space around pans to allow for good air circulation.