Buttermilk Biscuits - Southern

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

This recipe comes from "Baking" by Dorie Greenspan, a fabulous book. I have been doing a lot of research on flour and for biscuits the consensus is use White Lily flour. Unfortunately, it's not easy to find in the PNW, so here is a great compromise, cake and unbleached flour. Dorie also suggests using you hands to quickly incorporate the butter into the flour, the butter should end up coated and NOT uniform in size. The dough can be made, wrapped air-tight and frozen for up to 2 months. If you like a crisper edge, do not let the baking biscuits touch. If you like a softer edge on the biscuit, place the biscuits on the baking tray touching each other.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  3. Whisk the flours, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Drop in butter and using your fingers, toss to coat the pieces with flour and cut and rub the butter into the flour mixture until it is pebbly with different sized pieces from very small to pea-size.
  5. Pour the buttermilk over the dry ingredients and toss gently with a fork and turn the ingredients until you have a nice soft dough.
  6. In the bowl, give the dough 3- 4 kneads to bring the dough together.
  7. Lightly dust a work surface with flour and turn out the dough.
  8. Dust the top of the dough very lightly with flour and quickly pat the dough with your hands until it is about 1/2-inch high.
  9. Use a biscuit cutter to cut as many biscuits as you can.
  10. Re-roll remaining dough and cut more biscuits until dough is used up.
  11. Place biscuits on baking sheet.
  12. Bake the biscuits for 14- 18 minutes or until puffed and golden brown.
Most Helpful

Great biscuits! For years of I've only used shortening in biscuits; using butter of course gave great flavor but the texture was just a good. I made the recipe as written other than cutting it down to two servings. So good - will make these again and again! Made for Culinary Quest 2014 Cruisin' Culinary Queens.

momaphet August 09, 2014

Amazing!!! We all loved these biscuits. They were so easy to make, too! My batch made 12 perfect biscuits. Almost all were eaten at dinner (by...ahem...3 people). I'm glad there are a few leftover for breakfast. Delish! Made for the International Agents of QUEST for the Culinary Quest US Southern region.

LifeIsGood August 09, 2014

Loved these! Reminded me of my Aunt Priscilla's biscuits that I loved!!! Made for CQ 2014 and the Cake Pops!

Charmie777 August 05, 2014