Flaky, buttery homemade buttermilk biscuits are a classic for a reason! Serve them at breakfast with gravy, butter and jam or a drizzle of honey.
Want to know a little secret? Buttermilk biscuits are a new favorite of mine. We didn’t eat them a lot growing up. I was really more familiar with the song than I was with actual buttermilk biscuits.
But now that I’ve been making them more and more, I am going to say they are quickly becoming one of my favorite quick breads to make. And after several rounds of testing, I’ve perfected the recipe and I’m going to share it with you today! Along with some tips to ensure you get perfectly flakey homemade buttermilk biscuits.
FLOUR: No need for fancy flours, all purpose flour works great.
BAKING POWDER: This is the leavener that will help give the biscuits giving the height you want.
SALT: For flavor
BUTTER: You want the butter to be cold! This is essential. I also prefer to grate the butter but you can simply dice it into small pieces too.
BUTTERMILK: The buttermilk also needs to be cold.
STEP #1: Whisk together the dry ingredients.
STEP#2: Add in the grated (or diced) cold butter. Use a pastry cutter or a fork to cut the butter into the flour. Continue working until the mixture is coarse.
STEP #3: Pour in the buttermilk. Use your hands to mix just until combined.
STEP #4: Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead just until it comes together. Press into a rectangle. Fold once more.
STEP #5: Use a 3 inch biscuit cutter to cut into 8 biscuits. You may need to roll the scrapes of the dough one additional time to get 8 biscuits.
STEP #6: Place the biscuits in a 10-inch cast iron skillet or other baking dish (make sure they are touching!). Brush them lightly with a little more buttermilk.
STEP #7: Bake at 425 for 12 – 15 minutes or until browned on top. Brush with melted butter, if desired.
Tip #1: Use COLD butter. As the biscuits cook, the butter will steam and help create the flaky layers.
Tip #2: Grating the butter makes it easier to work into the flour.
Tip #3: Don’t over work the dough or the biscuits will be too tough. I recommend using your hands to form the dough into a rectangle. Fold it twice and then roll it out. You should be able to get 6 – 7 biscuits out of one roll. If you need to, roll the dough out once more to get the 8th biscuit. Don’t roll it much more than that!
Tip #4: Don’t skip folding the dough! It really helps with the layers.
Tip #5: To help the biscuits gain even more height, make sure they are touching when you bake them. A 10-inch cast iron skillet works great!
These homemade buttermilk biscuits will be the perfect addition to your breakfasts, holiday dinners or Sunday suppers. Serve them with gravy, strawberry jalapeño jam or whipped garlic butter. Either way, you and your family will love them!
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