So, today I made two batches of my Bachelor Biscuit recipe ( a perfect biscuit for one). Exact in every way, execpt one recipe I sifted the flour (the one on the purple pan) and the other, I did not.. (blue green pan). I used my Southern Belle Biscuit Flour, buttermilk, and vegetable oil.
I'll let the pictures tell the story - but in the end - the difference was really a preference. They look just about the same, they tasted just about the same. As I ate one - I liked the other better - then visa versa. So I kept sampling each, changing my mind...then realized I was making excuses to eat both biscuits. Sifted or not..they were really good!
Are you a gadget gal/guy? Sift.
Are you a no nonsense minimalistic baker? Sift NOT.
The only time it would matter is if you're adding dry ingredients; like spices, herbs...sifting would help blend evenly. Also, if you're using all purpose flour, a sifter would ensure your leavening agents and other dry ingredients blend evenly.
I have some precious sifters in my Biscuit Shop product line right now, a pink and blue. They're amazing and quaint; but not necessary. I've baked thousands of tall fluffy biscuits - all the while admiring Nana's sifter sitting there on the shelf above my stove. It is so lovely. Bake on my friends. :)