Buttermilk Biscuits

Sunday is my favorite day of the week. It’s the only day I really get to relax, bake, and spend time with my family. For me, Sunday is all about comfort food. What’s more comforting than a fluffy, buttery, tender biscuit? I can’t think of anything. This recipe is my grandmother’s recipe. Her mother, my great-grandmother, was the biscuit queen. I remember watching her in the kitchen as she whipped up batches of biscuits for all of us. When I say whip up, I mean whip up. She could mix, knead, roll, and cut in a matter of minutes. My Granny was quick. She could knock out a batch of biscuits in no time. I remember sitting at the kitchen table watching her in awe. She was so inspiring when she was in the kitchen.

I love making biscuits. There’s something about the feeling of dough in-between my fingers. This recipe is super simple. The dough can be made with a pastry cutter and your hands, or it can be made in a food processor. The key to a tender, flaky dough is cold butter and shortening and not over mixing the dough. I topped my biscuits with homemade orange marmalade that was gifted to me, but you can top your biscuits with your favorite jam of choice.

My grandmother taught me a trick for reheating leftover biscuits (that’s if you have leftover biscuits). It’s simple, but quite ingenious. Slice your biscuit in half and place the slices in your toaster for a few seconds. The outside gets nice and crispy. Slather with butter and jam, and you’ve got yourself a meal. I could totally live off biscuits.

Look at those soft, fluffy pillows of love. Enjoy!

Love and sweet treats,

Jennie

Recipe:

2 cups all-purpose flour

4 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda

3/4 tsp. salt

1 tbs. sugar

2 tbs. unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes

2 tbs. shortening, cold

1 cup buttermilk, cold

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar.

Using a pastry cutter, fork, or your hands, cut the butter and shortening into the flour mixture until the mixture looks like wet crumbs. Make a well in the center and pour in the chilled buttermilk. Stir just until dough comes together. If you like, you can use a food processor instead. Place the dry ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine. Add the butter and shortening and pulse until mixture resembles wet crumbs. Slowly add buttermilk and pulse until just combined.

Place the dough on a floured surface. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough until it is a 1/2 inch thick. Using a biscuit cutter, cut dough and place the rounds onto a greased sheet pan. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the tops of the biscuits are golden brown. Slather with butter and jam. Enjoy!

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4 responses

  1. yep, another one here who could live off biscuits! these look fantastic, and great tip about the toaster…for some reason i’ve been using the microwave even though every time i think to myself, wow, this didn’t heat up too well, and then proceed to do it the next time anyway.

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