Prep 2 hrs
Cook 12 mins
These biscuits work every time and are really good for making ham biscuits or other 'sandwiches'. They hold up well and yet are tender with a wonderful flavor. Prep time includes rest time.
- 1 tablespoon yeast
- 1⁄4 cup water
- 2 1⁄2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1⁄2 cup shortening
- 1 cup buttermilk (OR 1 cup milk, soured with 1 tbsp vinegar added)
- Dissolve yeast in water, set aside.
- Mix dry ingredients in order given; cut in shortening until the size of small Lima beans.
- Stir in buttermilk and yeast mixture.
- Cover bowl with towel and let sit until ready to use. (At least 1 hour, but it is fine if it sits for a couple hours.) Dough will be very sticky.
- Scrape out onto well floured board.
- Flip over and knead lightly (4-6 times).
- Roll out and cut with biscuit cutter.
- Place on greased pan and let raise slightly (10-30 minutes).
- Bake at 400 F until light brown, 10-12 minutes.
I love the texture of these biscuits. So light and fluffy! Tastewise it's a tiny bit too salty for me, so I may reduce the amount of salt next time. Btw, another key to get it to rise big is to knead it VERY lightly and not overdo it. I got the tip from Alton Brown's biscuit episode. It works wonderfully!
This is one of the best biscuit recipes I have used. I substituted butter for the shortening. I used a half cup of milk, a half cup of half & half, and a tablespoon of vinegar in place of buttermilk.
At last! No more will I bother trying to make biscuits with biscuit mix, which turns out dry crumbly rocks. These are so easy to put together, easy to cut out and handle, and taste amazing. I used butter because I didn't have any shortening on hand, and then brushed the tops with a little butter mixed with garlic powder and parmesan before baking, since I was serving them with spaghetti. DD2 took one bite and said "MMMMMMMM!!!!" Will definitely be making these again SOON! Thanks!