My Granny's Old-Fashioned Biscuits

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Elaine Bovender

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@Elaine55

When I was young and learning how to cook, this was another one of those things that I could never seem to get right. On a visit with my Tennessee grandmother, I was talking to her about my problem with biscuits. She walked me step by step through the art of biscuit making. The result is these wonderful, tasty biscuits that come out great as long as I follow these specific guidelines that Granny told me. Her advice helped me and I hope it helps you, too!
1. Don't use too much shortening;
2. Don't over-handle your dough;
3. Make sure your shortening and buttermilk are very cold.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

A simple, basic buttermilk biscuit with minimal ingredients. It's an old-fashioned recipe everyone should have handy. If you follow Elaine's directions, once baked the biscuit is perfectly flaky and fluffy with a little tang from the buttermilk. They're melt-in-your-mouth good.

Note: Elaine says to place the hot biscuits in a covered container to steam. Since we were leaving them in the cast iron skillet, we just covered that with a tea towel to steam. Test Kitchen Avatar The Test Kitchen


Rating:

★★★★★ 5 votes

Comments:
Serves:
Makes 10 to 12 biscuits
Prep:
10 Min
Cook:
15 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

  • 2 c
    self-rising flour (Martha White or White Lily for best results)
  • 1/4 c
    lard or shortening (about egg-sized and very cold)
  • 1 c
    very cold buttermilk (may need to adjust amount)
  • 3 Tbsp
    melted shortening or butter

How to Make My Granny's Old-Fashioned Biscuits

Step-by-Step

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Heavily grease a large cast-iron skillet or biscuit pan and set aside. (I prefer the cast iron skillet).
  2. Put the flour into a large bowl and add lard/shortening.
  3. Cut into flour using the usual pastry method.
  4. Add buttermilk and mix with fork or hands.
  5. Mix into a light dough.
  6. Turn dough onto a floured board and knead a couple of times.
  7. Pat dough to flatten to about 1/2 inch thick. Using a biscuit cutter, cut dough into biscuits.
  8. Place cut biscuits in the prepared pan.
  9. Pour melted shortening/butter over each biscuit.
  10. Bake for about 13 to 15 minutes or until golden. Remove from pan and place into a covered container and allow to steam for about 5 minutes. You may also brush melted butter over top prior to steaming (if desired).
  11. Serve hot with butter, apple butter, jellies, jams, honey, or anything else that you like.
  12. Special Note: I didn't have a biscuit cutter, so what I did was open both ends of a 4-ounce sized mushroom can, washed and removed the label and it works perfectly.

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About My Granny's Old-Fashioned Biscuits

Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtag: #biscuit



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