Basic Southern Biscuits

Biscuit Recipe
Biscuit Recipe. Diana Rattray
  • 22 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 12 mins
  • Yield: 12 servings
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These classic buttermilk biscuits are a Southern favorite. Serve the biscuits for breakfast or along with a meal. Serve hot and have butter on the table for spreading.

This biscuit recipe makes great Southern-style biscuits. It's a basic recipe with buttermilk, lard or shortening, and butter.

What You'll Need

  • 2 cups flour (all-purpose, stirred before measuring*)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup lard (or vegetable shortening, chilled)
  • 2 tablespoons butter (chilled)
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk (cold)

How to Make It

*If possible, use a light southern-style flour in this biscuit recipe.

Heat oven to 450° and have oven rack in center position.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut in the cold shortening and butter until you have pieces the size of small peas. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the cold buttermilk. Stir gently until the mixture is just holding together.

If necessary, add a few more teaspoons of buttermilk.

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and pat out into a 1/2-inch thick circle. Cut out biscuits with a 2 1/2- to 3-inch cutter and place on an ungreased baking sheet.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until tops are lightly browned.

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