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one big biscuit

Recipe by
Barbara Miller
Mountain City, TN

I love making homemade biscuits but sometimes I want a quicker way to bake and serve them. One Big Biscuit is the easiest and quickest way to make fluffy homemade biscuits ever. The outside is delicately crisp and the inside is melt in your mouth tender. I make this biscuit often and I hope you will too.

yield 8 serving(s)
prep time 10 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For one big biscuit

  • 1 tsp
    olive oil
  • 2 c
    self-rising flour
  • 3 Tbsp
  • 1 c
  • 4 Tbsp
    cold butter

How To Make one big biscuit

  • 1
    Add oil into a 10-inch cast iron skillet. Spread the oil on the inner bottom and sides. Set it aside. (I have never made this in another pan like metal or glass, but you can try it and see how it might work.)
  • 2
    Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. (I use my toaster oven.)
  • 3
    In a large mixing bowl, add the flour. (I use Southern Biscuit brand.)
  • 4
    Cut the shortening into the flour with a fork until the mixture looks kind of like bread crumbs with no big clumps. Make a well in the center of the mixture.
  • 5
    Pour the buttermilk into the well. Stir the buttermilk into the flour mixture gradually and gently in ever increasing circles. Do not over mix. The mixture will be wet, but not runny.
  • 6
    If the mixture is runny, add a Tbsp more of the flour and stir it in gently. You may stir in one Tbsp of the flour at a time until the milk is absorbed.
  • 7
    If the mixture is too dry add one Tbsp of buttermilk and stir it in gently. You may stir in one Tbsp of milk at a time until the flour is coated.
  • 8
    Spoon the mixture by heaping tablespoons into the skillet. Start around the sides then the center. You should get 7-9 big biscuits.
  • 9
    Cut or crumble the butter and place/push it between the biscuits.
  • 10
    Put the skillet in the toaster oven on the bottom rack or in a regular oven on the middle rack. Bake for 20 minutes. Rotate the pan after the first 10 minutes if the biscuit is browning too much in any one spot.
  • 11
    Remove the pan from the oven and test the center of the biscuit with a toothpick for doneness. The toothpick should come out clean. If not, return the biscuit to the oven and bake 5 more minutes.
  • 12
    All ovens are different. If the biscuit is brown on top at 12, 15, 20 minutes then check for doneness.
  • one big biscuit turned out on a plate
    To serve, turn the biscuit out onto a heat safe plate. Let it cool about 5 minutes and cut or break the biscuit into servings. It will be very tender inside.
  • serving one big biscuit from the skillet
    You can also serve the biscuit from the skillet.