Homemade: Southern-Style Biscuits


There is nothing like a fresh, delicate biscuit straight out of the oven.  This is my super-easy recipe for making your own biscuits and to help avoid the ones stuffed in a can.

Southern-Style Biscuits
Makes 16 – 2 inch biscuits

4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for your work surface
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
12 tablespoons (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, very cold, cut into small pieces
1 ½ cups buttermilk OR 1 ½ cups milk + 1 ½ tablespoons of vinegar

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a silicone mat. (If you don’t have either, spray your baking sheet lightly with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. If using milk and vinegar in place of buttermilk, pour vinegar into milk and stir.  Let stand while you prepare the rest of the mixture.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, kosher salt, and baking soda.
  4. Add the butter to the mixture and use a pastry cutter (I use my hands and work quickly) to break up the butter into the flour mixture.  You’re looking for the butter to be pea-sized and the mixture to be crumbly.  Add the buttermilk (or milk and vinegar mixture) and stir until just mixed.  Overmixing will cause your biscuits to be tough.
  5. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead it (very briefly) until it comes together and is no longer sticky  – you may need to add more flour to achieve this.  Gently roll or pat out until dough is between 1/2″ – 1″ thick.  Using a 2-inch round biscuit or cookie cutter, cut out approximately 16 biscuits.  You can re-roll scraps to get more biscuits.
  6. Place biscuits on baking sheet so that they are touching each other.  Lightly brush with buttermilk or plain milk.  Bake until golden, approximately 20-24 minutes.

Tips for Making your Biscuits Rise:

  • DO NOT twist cutter when cutting out biscuits – simply push down and lift up.  Twisting prevents oven rise.
  • Place biscuits on baking sheet so that they are touching.  This allows the biscuits to use each other to “climb”.
  • Use buttermilk or milk + vinegar combination.  The acid in these activates the baking soda.

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