Buttermilk Biscuits

We got home about 7 p.m. last night and of course, there’s no bread in the house and I was too tired to make bread. Vince said “But . . what about breakfast in the morning?” I like biscuits better than toast anyway but rarely take the time to make biscuits. This morning, I made biscuits. Too bad one of Vince’s yolks broke but . . that’s what happens sometimes around here.  Could’ve been worse . . he could be eating cold cereal!  🙂

Here’s my favorite recipe, which I usually only make half the recipe when it’s just the two of us.  Half the recipe makes 6 biscuits.

Buttermilk Biscuits:

2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 heaping tsp. sugar
6 T. shortening
3/4 cup milk or 1 cup buttermilk (I use buttermilk)

Mix first 4 ingredients.  Add shortening and cut with a fork til about the consistency of cornmeal.  Add the buttermilk.  Stir with a fork til everything is mixed.  Do not stir more than necessary.

Sprinkle a bit of additional flour on a board, gently knead several times.  Roll to about 1/2″ thick.  Cut and bake, with sides touching, on ungreased baking sheet, at 450° for 10 – 12 minutes.  Makes about 12 biscuits.

They’re good!  I like mine with just plain butter but Vince likes his with sorghum syrup.


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    I had to laugh when you said one of Vince’s egg yolks broke. My daughter and I tells my husband that “his toast burned.”

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    I love biscuits and never make homemade one’s – when do you add the buttermilk? After you cut in the shortening I assume?

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    Ava says

    This must be a biscuit (or no bread) kind of day. I made biscuits this morning too. I have Coconut oil that my daughter gave me. She follows Nourishing Traditions and says coconut oil is really healthy. It looks like shortening so I used it with butter after getting some Google advice and it made very soft and flaky baking powder biscuits. Homemade biscuits may even be less expensive than bread. I agree they taste better than toast.

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    When I lived in Baton Rouge I worked for a company that had a “cook in” every Friday for lunch. We used to make biscuits from scratch and we would heat the pan, melt a little butter in it, and then dip the biscuits in the melted butter and then cooked them in the same pan. Talk about good!!! No calories of course, lol.

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    myrna says

    Would low fat yogurt work in place of the buttermilk? We always have yogurt in the house, not buttermilk. We also have reconstituted non fat powdered milk but I would not think that would work at all. Also, I wonder if whole wheat flour would work, maybe half and half with the white flour?

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    myrna says

    Would Yogurt (l% or fat free) work? What about whole wheat flour? Maybe half and half with white?

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    Judy C in NC says

    Judy L – Just wondering – would it be possible to replace the shortening with cold butter and cut in? or would I end up with scones? I do love buttermilk biscuits !! They also love my waist and hips. It is a “mutual admiration society” thing.
    Judy C in NC

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    I just don’t do toast. I love biscuits, though! Thanks for this recipe, definitely want to give it a try this weekend! 😉

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    Lois says

    What does the T. stand for in the shortening line of the recipe? Tablespoon? I can so see myself getting this wrong – we do everything by grammes or ounces in the UK not cups. But I own some cup sized measuring cups and would like to try it out….

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    Judy I made your biscuits this morning. My husband and mother-in-law loved them. Thanks for your recipes.