How To Make Buttermilk Biscuits

While you can make quasi-buttermilk biscuits from a can or using Bisquick, there is no substitute for real buttermilk biscuits. You may not realize it, but they're easy to make from scratch, and take just a few minutes to mix.

Step 1

 Ingredients and supplies:

  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • Extra flour for rolling dough
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 stick of cold butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Large bowl
  • Sharp knife
  • Pastry blender or two knives
  • Round cookie cutter
  • Rolling pin
  • Greased baking sheet
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter (optional)
  • Pastry brush (optional)

Step 2

Mixing the biscuits. First preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Then, in a very large bowl stir together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Slice the cold butter into small pieces, and stir it into the mixture. Cut in the butter using a pastry blender or two knives until the mixture resembles large crumbles. Then pour in the buttermilk and milk, stirring just until the dough comes together. Knead it just a little, until it holds together enough to roll out. If you over-knead the dough, it will make dense biscuits.

Step 3

Roll out the biscuits. Lightly flour your countertop, and roll out the dough to 3/4-inch thickness. Be careful not to roll it too thin. Then, use a round cookie cutter to cut the dough into biscuits. Shape the leftover scraps of dough into a biscuit. If you want more natural-looking biscuits, just divide the dough into twelve equal lumps and pat them down to 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick. Then place on a greased baking sheet about an inch apart. If you place them any closer, they may stick together as they expand.

Step 4

Bake the biscuits. Make sure the oven is completely preheated before baking your biscuits. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the biscuits become lightly browned. For added flavor, you can also brush the biscuits with a little melted butter right before you bake them.

Step 5

Serve. Serve the warm biscuits with butter, margarine, jam, or gravy. These are great to serve with any meal!  These southern-style buttermilk biscuits are delicious and fluffy.

Homemade biscuits are delicious! They're not much harder to make than the kind you can buy at a store. While these buttermilk biscuits are perfect for serving at a family dinner, you can even double or triple this recipe to serve a crowd. For example, to serve 60 you'll need 5 pounds of flour. To make herbed biscuits, add 3 tablespoons of herbs like rosemary, dill or parsley into your biscuits. For blueberry buttermilk biscuits, add a handful of blueberries to the recipe. You can also add 2/3 cup grated cheese into the recipe to make cheesy biscuits.


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