Liz Smith’s Biscuits

This biscuit recipe from writer Liz Smith was one of the late Nora Ephron’s favorites; it was included in Ephron’s memorial service program. It first appeared in the tablet edition of our Jan/Feb 2014 SAVEUR 100 with the article Remembering Nora Ephron.

Liz Smith’s Biscuits Liz Smith’s Biscuits
This biscuit recipe from Liz Smith was one of Nora Ephron's favorites and included in Ephron's memorial service program.
Yield: makes 12 biscuits


  • 2 cups flour, plus more for dusting
  • 2 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 7 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 34 cup milk


  1. Heat oven to 450°. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Using a dough blender, two forks, or your fingers, cut butter into flour mixture, forming pea-size crumbles. Add milk; stir until dough just comes to together with visible flecks of butter. On a lightly dusted surface, roll dough 1″ thick. Using a small juice glass or a 2 12” round cutter, cut out biscuits and transfer to a baking sheet; bake until golden, 10–12 minutes.