Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

Southern Buttermilk Biscuits created by Izy Hossack

These buttermilk biscuits are authentic. This recipe came from my great-great-grandmother, and was handed down to all the women in my family, and we are all Southern. I am the first one to commit the sin of using a food processor (lol) but I find it works very well. I would put these biscuits up against anyone's - they are perfect in every single way. I hope you all enjoy them.

Ready In:
22mins
Yields:
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ingredients

directions

  • Preheat your oven to 450°F.
  • Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl, or in the bowl of a food processor.
  • Cut the butter into chunks and cut into the flour until it resembles course meal.
  • If using a food processor, just pulse a few times until this consistency is achieved.
  • Add the buttermilk and mix JUST until combined.
  • If it appears on the dry side, add a bit more buttermilk. It should be very wet.
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured board.
  • Gently, gently PAT (do NOT roll with a rolling pin) the dough out until it's about 1/2" thick. Fold the dough about 5 times, gently press the dough down to a 1 inch thick.
  • Use a round cutter to cut into rounds.
  • You can gently knead the scraps together and make a few more, but they will not be anywhere near as good as the first ones.
  • Place the biscuits on a cookie sheet- if you like soft sides, put them touching each other.
  • If you like"crusty" sides, put them about 1 inch apart- these will not rise as high as the biscuits put close together.
  • Bake for about 10-12 minutes- the biscuits will be a beautiful light golden brown on top and bottom.
  • Do not overbake.
  • Note: The key to real biscuits is not in the ingredients, but in the handling of the dough.
  • The dough must be handled as little as possible or you will have tough biscuits.
  • I have found that a food processor produces superior biscuits, because the ingredients stay colder and there's less chance of overmixing.
  • You also must pat the dough out with your hands, lightly.
  • Rolling with a rolling pin is a guaranteed way to overstimulate the gluten, resulting in a tougher biscuit.
  • Note 2: You can make these biscuits, cut them, put them on cookie sheets and freeze them for up to a month.
  • When you want fresh biscuits, simply place them frozen on the cookie sheet and bake at 450°F for about 20 minutes.
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"These buttermilk biscuits are authentic. This recipe came from my great-great-grandmother, and was handed down to all the women in my family, and we are all Southern. I am the first one to commit the sin of using a food processor (lol) but I find it works very well. I would put these biscuits up against anyone's - they are perfect in every single way. I hope you all enjoy them."
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  1. mhari.warner
    This is my "Go-To" biscuit recipe. I have done it by hand and in the food processor, both ways work great! I like by hand better only because it's quieter LOL. These are SO fluffy and buttery. I compare ALL biscuits to these and sadly I am left disappointed most of the time. I hardly ever order biscuits when I am out anymore because they just are not as good as these.
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  2. ColoradoCooking
    Southern Buttermilk Biscuits Created by ColoradoCooking
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  3. ColoradoCooking
    We thought these we good. I made 2 batches yesterday. I like to freeze them for a quick side with soups and stews.
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  4. mrl3756
    Can I make a double batch and refrigerate half the dough for tomorrow. Or are the biscuits good next day?
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  5. Lightnin H.
    Can I make these if I live north of the Mason-Dixon line?
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