Mama's Biscuits

Beverley Williams


This was my mama's recipe although she never measured anything.


★★★★★ 1 vote

6 (2 each)
10 Min
15 Min


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2 c
1 Tbsp
baking powder
3/4 tsp
1/2 tsp
baking soda
5 Tbsp
chilled vegetable shortening
1 c

How to Make Mama's Biscuits


  • 1Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • 2In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
  • 3Cut the chilled shortening into the flour mixture with a pastry blender until the mixture forms coarse crumbs.
  • 4Add the buttermilk, mixing with your hands until the dough holds together.
  • 5Place the dough on a floured surface and knead lightly a few times just until smooth. Don't overwork it.
  • 6Flour a rolling pin and roll the dough to 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness.
  • 7Cut the biscuits with a biscuit cutter. ( My mama used a glass to do this.)
  • 8Place the biscuits 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
  • 9Gather the trimmings from where you cut the biscuits and form them into a ball.
  • 10Roll it out and cut more biscuits. ( When these got to small to make another biscuit my mama left the last weird shaped one and called it the funny biscuit. All the kids wanted that one.
  • 11Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

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About Mama's Biscuits

Course/Dish: Biscuits
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Southern

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