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old-fashioned buttermilk biscuits

★★★★★ 10
a recipe by
Nathaniel Lutz
Georgetown, TX

Very good buttermilk biscuits!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Southerners know their biscuits and we loved these. These homemade buttermilk biscuits are the easiest we've ever made. They are very light and fluffy, almost air-like. As they're baking, the smell is amazing. A big smear of butter and these are melt in your mouth good. Top with your favorite jam. Sausage gravy wouldn't be too bad either.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 10
serves 12
prep time 35 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For old-fashioned buttermilk biscuits

  • 2 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp
    baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 c
  • 1/3 c
    shortening (the buttermilk makes them very moist)

How To Make old-fashioned buttermilk biscuits

Test Kitchen Tips
This is definitely more of a savory biscuit. We liked how the biscuits contrast with the sweet jam. If you're concerned about the salt in this recipe, it can be cut back to 1 teaspoon.
  • Dry ingredients in a bowl.
    Mix in dry ingredients.
  • Cutting shortening into dry ingredients.
    Cut in shortening.
  • Slowly adding buttermilk.
    Add buttermilk a little at a time stirring as you go. Stir until it clings together.
  • Kneading the dough.
    Knead gently 25 to 30 times.
  • Rolling out the dough.
    Roll out to a 1/2 inch.
  • Cutting out the biscuits.
    Cut biscuits to desired size. (I sometimes make them very large using my Blue Metal Coffee Cup for camping as my cutter.)
  • Biscuits on an ungreased cookie sheet.
    Place on an ungreased sheet.
  • Biscuits baking in the oven.
    Bake for 15 minutes at 450 degrees until brown.
  • Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Biscuit on a plate with sausage and a fried egg.
    These are best used within a few days. Keep refrigerated. Makes nice breakfast sandwiches with fried bacon/sausage, eggs, and cheese!