Sourdough Biscuits

"The first time I made these, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven! Serve immediately or cover in a zip lock bag, 'cause they'll get hard as a rock if you don't."
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Ready In:
8hrs 25mins
12-14 biscuts


  • 12 cup flour
  • 1 cup sourdough starter (like my grape fermented starter)
  • 23 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 12 cups flour (not a mis print, you need more)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 34 teaspoon salt
  • 12 cup shortening (or you can use butter)


  • Measure first four ingredients into a non-metallic bowl and beat until smooth.
  • Cover loosely with a damp towel/cloth, and let stand in a warm place 8 - 18 hours (the longer it stands, the stronger the flavor gets).
  • Stir batter down.
  • In another mixing bowl, mix the remaining dry ingredients.
  • Cut in shortening until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs.
  • Blend in starter mixture and turn out onto lightly floured surface.
  • Knead gently 30 seconds.
  • Add more flour if necessary, to make a soft dough.
  • Roll out 1/2 inch thick and cut with a floured glass, or biscuit cutter and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake in preheated oven at 450°F for 12 minutes.
  • Serve immediately with butter, honey butter or jam.

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  1. Wonderful! Flaky goodness. You can really taste the tang of the sourdough in these. I mixed the ingredients the night before and let it sit in the oven with the light on all night. I got 10 huge biscuits out of this, which we enjoyed with strawberry rhubarb jam this morning. Thanks for a great, easy to follow recipe. Oh yeah, I didn't roll these out, but just made dough balls in my hands and smoothed out with a touch of water. Very tasty!
  2. Holy love, these are the best biscuits my life has experienced! I only had the batter sit for 5 hours, but the deliciousness still made me want to cry. thanks!
  3. Did make these with your sourdough starter, then, as a rather unusual addition, included them on my finger food counter, where they were devoured in no time by guests! Really enjoyed your biscuits! [Tagged, made & reviewed for one of my adoptees in the current Pick-A-Chef]


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