Buttermilk Biscuits – Easy Enough for Wif!

24 Feb

You may have noticed… there is no Top of the Heap this week,  I guess nothing is really top of anything when someone you love is suffering.  Especially when it’s cancer.  Ugh – evil of evils.  Anyways instead we’re going to have a little recipe-sharin’ – recipes tend to cheer people up (or at least the results – or is that just wif?)

Easy Buttermilk (Southern) Biscuits

So we’re here with Alton Brown. OK fine… so we’re just borrowing his recipe


  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 cup buttermilk, chilled


Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.Using your fingertips, rub butter and shortening into dry ingredients until mixture looks like crumbs. * Yeah, it will be super dry and powdery.* (The faster the better, you don’t want the fats to melt.) Make a well in the center and pour in the chilled buttermilk. Stir just until the dough comes together.*Yes,  this is scary – but it will work out – wif promises!

The dough will be very sticky. Turn dough onto floured surface, dust top with flour and gently fold dough over on itself 5 or 6 times.*Wif doesn’t bother with a rolling pin…*Press into a 1-inch thick round. Cut out biscuits with a 2-inch cutter, being sure to push straight down through the dough. *Wif uses her circle cookie cutter – what else!* Place biscuits on baking sheet so that they just touch. Reform scrap dough, working it as little as possible and continue cutting. (Biscuits from the second pass will not be quite as light as those from the first, but hey, that’s life. *And you know what else Alton, wif things those second-passers are just delightful!)

Bake until biscuits are tall and light gold on top, 15 to 20 minutes.

*This is easy to multiply by how much buttermilk you’re trying to use up – wif did 1  3/4 c. buttermilk and it worked beautifully.*

Enjoyyyyyy little ones!


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