Buttermilk Biscuits

I have been drooling over these biscuits for 2 1/2 years!  Why have I not made these sooner you ask?  It is a little bit of a change.  You see I have been making these since I was 12 years old.  They are good!   

My Gosh, I have  been cheating myself.  These biscuits are absolutely the best I’ve ever eaten.  And  I have tasted my share of biscuits.  2,000 to be exact!  I didn’t even  figure in the ones that I  baked nor the ones I’ve eaten at friends and family.  So I know biscuits.  WRONG!  These are incredible.  I first saw them in Southern Living in November of 2007.  I even pulled the recipe out to save and try later.  I just kept looking at it thinking, ” They can’t be that great.”     

My students made this recipe and I wanted to post something different. So here it is  Buttermilk Biscuits that got pushed to the back burner.  After all I have made buttermilk biscuits many times in my life. What’s the big deal?  It appeared again last month in Southern Living Our Test Kitchen Secrets.  Secret?  What could be so secret about making biscuits?  


Yesterday I tried the new recipe and was not that thrilled with the results.  It was good but not great.  I was ready to sit down today and write the post and say just that.  Then, I thought about it all afternoon.  I must have done something wrong.    Why would they publish it twice if it was just ordinary?  And besides the picture is down right obscene!  So I made them again!  Words cannot express the taste!  These little morsels are angelic!  What happened to the first round?  Just a slip of the recipe and all was lost. The  keys to your  success are here for you.   

Here are some things that I learned about making biscuits that I did not know and that you should know:  

1.  Dust the work surface with all-purpose flour.  I have always used the same flour that the recipe called for self-rising.  The reason:  The leavening in self-rising leaves a bitter taste on the outside of biscuits.  Where did that come from?  No one told me this for all these years!!!   

2.  Yesterday I used a dark pan.  That is OK if you want a dark thick crust on the bottom of your biscuits, but I don’t like that.  The recipe calls for a jelly roll pan which has a very short lip.  This pan does not brown the bottom so therefore the result is a much softer inside crumb.  I used mine today and it works so much better.   This is good!  

3.  I have always shaped biscuits with my hands, but for high school students to do this is very hard.  They handle them too much and add more flour making a tough biscuit.  This recipe says to cut with a  pastry cutter.  Yesterday I  used a closed cutter that was 2 in. in diameter.  Today I used a pizza cutter and cut them in 24 equal pieces.    It worked great!   So don’t twist the cutter or you’ll seal the edges of the biscuit and reduce the rise.  And the same with a glass , don’t use one.  Both sides of the cutter need to be open to let air to exit.   I knew that you should not twist the cutter, but never thought  that it would deter the rise.   

GI Joe has been home sick  for two days and has been the tester for the biscuits.  Today he had to remove the pan from the kitchen before I stuffed every single one of these things in my mouth.  I am not lying to you. They are fabulous!!!  I will be testing out the next 3 variations of this recipe and sharing them with you, but right now I have to head to the gym and get a handle on these handles!  

Here is what you need for the best buttermilk biscuits that I have ever had in my entire life.  I promise!  

1 stick of butter that is cold

Add butter to 2 1/4 cups of White Lily Self-rising flour

Using pastry blender cut butter pea size and chill for 10 minutes.

After shaking buttermilk add 1 1/4 cups

Stir with a fork until the sides of the bowl are cleaned

On  cutting board sift all-purpose flour .  Add the dough.  I added a small amount of self-rising flour to the dough to keep it from being too sticky and some to my hands.  Knead the dough 2-3 times.  Press the dough  out  and folded it into thirds.  

Here is the dough folded into thirds

Press out again into a rectangle 9×5 and fold into thirds.  Do this for a total of 3 times.  


Pat dough 1/2 inch thick cut out with a 2- in cutter and place side by side on parchment paper or lightly greased jelly roll pan.  I used a pizza cutter to cut the biscuits.  Southern Living recommends using a steel pastry knife.  I did not separate the biscuits after cutting them.  I used a bent edged spatula and lifted them into the pan.   Dough should touch.  Bake for 13-15 minutes or until lightly browned.  Remove from oven: brush with 2 tablespoons of  melted butter.  Now run!!   If you don’t,  you will want to put all of them in your mouth .  I did!  Man these are good!  

Oh my goodness!  


Here is the recipe:  

Our Best Buttermilk Biscuits  

from Southern Living              Makes 2 dozen  

Prep time 20 min.    Chill time 10 min.  Bake time  13 min.  

  • 1/ 2 cup cold butter
  • 2 1/4 cups self-rising flour ( Use White Lily)
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • Parchment paper
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  I used convection bake.  Cut cold butter with a sharp knife or pastry blender into 1/4 in. slices. Sprinkle butter slices over flour in a large bowl.  Toss butter with flour.  Cut butter into flour with a pastry blender until crumbly and mixture resembles small peas.  Cover and chill 10 minutes.  Add buttermilk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.  Don’t go stir crazy here.  It will make biscuits tough.   

Turn dough out onto a floured surface.  Remember to use plain flour.  Knead 3 or 4 times, gradually adding additional flour as needed.  ( I kept self-rising flour on hand for this step) With floured hands, press or pat dough into a 3/4-inch-thick rectangle (about 9 x 5 inches) Sprinkle top with additional flour.  Fold dough over onto itself in 3 sections, starting with 1 short end.  Fold dough rectangle as if folding a letter-size piece of paper.  Repeat entire process 2 more times, beginning with pressing into a 3/4-inch-thick rectangle (about 9 x 5 inches)  

Press or pat dough to 1/2-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface: cut with a 2-inch cutter.  I used a pizza cutter and cut dough into 24 equal pieces.  Not separating the dough I used a bent-edged spatula and placed them in a jelly roll pan lined with parchment paper.  If using a biscuit cutter, use an open ended one.  Place biscuits in pan with the sides touching each other.   

Bake at 450 degrees for 13 to 15 minutes until lightly browned.  Remove from oven; brush with 2 tablespoons of melted butter.  

Here’s what my students made yesterday.  Only one class cooked because you guessed it –  it snowed! 

1st Block Kitchen 2

1st Block Kitchen 4

1st Block Kitchen 5

1st Block Kitchen 1

1st Block Kitchen 6



Filed under Biscuits, quick, Recipes

40 responses to “Buttermilk Biscuits

  1. These sound perfect – the real deal! I can taste the light texture through the pictures. Both sides of my family are from Alabama where biscuits are a way of life – I can still remember my Grandma Ruth rolling out the dough and cutting each floured round. I will try this recipe on my next biscuit making occasion.

  2. Kitchen 1 and kitchen 2 tied in my opinion.

    This is a super post on baking biscuits. Everyone should read it!

  3. my goodness, they’re so wonderfully fluffy! every single biscuit looks like it’d just dissolve on the tongue. this recipe is worth a try for sure!

  4. Mouthwatering! Thanks for all the tips on good biscuit-making — makes me feel more confident to try these out.

  5. Sarah J.

    Yum 🙂 these biscuits look delicious. I can’t wait to make some in our class if we have time!!

  6. Amy Dobbs

    These look delicious!! Oh, how I would love some right now!!!! As with all your other recipes, I soooo want to try it!!! Thank you for sharing!

  7. Jocelyn

    1st Block, Kitchen 2 for me. They look like they could be on the table at Grandma’s house! Can’t wait to try these. Thanks so much for the hints.

  8. I’m intrigued… I’ll definitely try these.

  9. Marianna Martin

    i think kicthen 5 look the best I’m not only saying that because its my kitchen i actually think they look better than the other ones so im voting for my kitchen.

  10. Biscuits is one recipe that I can never get right. They don’t rise, they are too brown but you have made a believer out of me, I must try this recipe. Now that I know the mistakes I have made I’m positive if I use this recipe and methods I will get the perfect biscuit. I’m guilty of twisting the cup and I have used a dark pan. I will give this recipe a try this weekend. Thanks so much for the tips!!

  11. allie farrar

    1st period kitchen 4!

  12. alexis a

    1st period kitchen 4

  13. barbara aylworth

    1st period kitchen 4

  14. aaron aylworth

    1st period kitchen 4

  15. Rachel

    Kitchen 5, 1st period!(:

  16. chasitywilson

    i hade fun makeimg biscuits and being able to make it not out of a pack or can

  17. anna 1st

    our biscuits are sooo cute:)

  18. Chelsea M

    I usually hate biscuits! But these were actually really good. I had to cook some for my family saturday night.

  19. shalynne

    your Buttermilk Biscuits put mine to shame.

  20. Aaron Vantrees

    these buttermilk biscuits were so good

  21. mike " Da Beast" neal


  22. tommie 1st period

    These bisciuts were really good. I made some at home and my family loved them.

  23. Rachel S.

    these biscuits were sooo good!(: i will have to make these at home sometime!

  24. Tatiana G 1st period

    Making biscuits was fun but it is not as easy as it seem. Luckily ours turned out real nice and soft

  25. Bethany Bowlin

    It was so easy And I absolutely loved making them:)

  26. courtney e

    I was bummed that we didn’t have a chance to make these in our class, but the demo that you gave to us taught me a lot. For example that you do not need many ingredents to make good homemade biscuits.

  27. Tania

    these biscuits tasted very good the day you did the demo, but too bad we didnt get to make them.

  28. Amy w

    These look delicous ! & yours were. i wish we got to make ours!

  29. erika

    the biscuits look great but… i didn’t know you are suppose to use an whole stick of butter to make the dough for the biscuits.

  30. sasha w

    I made these too Saturday & ate them for breakfast with 2 eggs! i was just in the cooking mood all weekend lol:)

  31. Sarah J.

    These Biscuits look great 🙂 to bad our class hasn’t had the chance to make them. 😦

  32. heather

    I was really sad when we could not make these.

  33. Debbie

    Thought we would try them out Saturday morning.

    These biscuits are wonderful! They are as good left over as they were hot out of the oven.

    Extra good with home made strawberry jam!

  34. Radiance

    The biscuits look delicious and I didn’t know that you use a whole stick of butter for butter milk biscuits.

  35. shalynne

    our biscuts look absolutly delightful!!!!!!!!

  36. erika

    these look quick and easy even through we didn’t get to make them.

  37. yvonne mcgregor

    i love butter busciuts i bet that taste even better with some jelly

  38. yvonne mcgregor

    they look great but can u add other things to it if u want like cheese or jelly?

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