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buttermilk biscuits

Buttermilk Biscuits

This recipe will give you 6 2 inch or 4 larger size buttermilk biscuits.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword Biscuits, Buttermilk
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Author Anna
Cost 5


  • 1 cup 4.5 oz all purpose flour plus more for work surface
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter chopped up
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 1/2 cup cold buttermilk full fat if you can find it!
  • Melted butter for brushing tops


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl and stir very well. Using your fingertips, rub butter and shortening into dry ingredients until mixture is coarse.
  • Add half of the buttermilk and stir with a heavy duty scraper until dough is moistened, then gradually add remaining buttermilk until dough comes together in a nice ball. It should be slightly sticky, but will become dryer as it picks up flour from the work surface.
  • Turn dough onto a well floured surface. Dust top with flour and gently press the dough down until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Fold it over on itself about 3 times and press down again to make a slab that's about 1 inch thick. Cut out biscuits with a 2-inch cutter.
  • Re-shape the scrap dough, working it as little as possible and continue cutting. Arrange biscuits on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake until biscuits are golden-- 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Brush tops with melted butter if desired.


This dough is not exactly kneaded, but it is folded over and over on itself to make layers. For the best results, use White Lily flour. It is a softer flour with less protein so you can handle it a little more without roughening up the gluten. To make the biscuits as scones, add 2 tablespoons of sugar to the recipe and about 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla. After you press the dough down, spread blueberries gently over the dough and press lightly. You can use fresh or frozen. Fold the dough over, being careful not to crush the berries. Shape into a 3 1/2 inch wide half-circle and cut the half circle into 4 triangles. Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet for 15 minutes.