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Easy Buttermilk Biscuits

Easy Buttermilk Biscuits

These easy buttermilk biscuits are light and flakey and so easy to make! They can be on the table in under a half hour, and everyone will love them!

We love homemade buttermilk biscuits around here. I make them at least once a month, and they would happily be eaten even more than that, but I try not to make them any more often!

homemade buttermilk biscuits

They’re absolutely delicious, but not really the healthiest of dinner options!

I have made these easy buttermilk biscuits with half whole wheat flour as well, to make them slightly healthier though, and they are quite good that way, if you prefer. They are a bit lighter and fluffier with just all purpose flour though.

This recipe also doubles easily if you want to make a larger batch of biscuits. Also, they’re shown here as circular biscuits, but I do usually make them into squares. This is because the scraps that are left after cutting out circles never rise as well once they’re reformed into biscuits.

homemade buttermilk biscuits

Typically I just press out the dough into a 1″ rectangle and cut it into square shaped biscuits with a knife. There are no scraps this way and all of the dough rises nicely in the oven.

Do make sure that however you decide to cut your biscuits, you’re pressing the knife or biscuit cutter straight down, and not twisting it at all. Twisting the biscuit cutter will seal the edges of the biscuits and prevent them from rising well in the oven.

homemade buttermilk biscuits

What is the best way to make buttermilk biscuits from scratch?

I like to grate very cold (even frozen) butter into the dry ingredients and then stir in cold buttermilk to make biscuits. Making sure your ingredients are cold and you’re not over working the dough are the most important things when baking biscuits.

If you don’t want to grate your butter, you can use a pastry blender to cut the butter into the dry ingredients. I find grating the butter is typically faster and easier though.

easy buttermilk biscuits

What does buttermilk do for biscuits?

Buttermilk tenderizes the biscuits, and reacts with the baking soda to help the biscuits rise in the oven. Substituting milk combined with vinegar will work well, but real buttermilk does make for flakier, more tender biscuits, so use the real thing if you can!

homemade buttermilk biscuits

How do I make my biscuits fluffy?

For fluffy biscuits, the most important thing is to not over work the dough. If you knead it like a bread dough, you will start to develop gluten, and the biscuits will be tough and dense.

Don’t worry about it if the dough is really shaggy and floury when you dump it onto the baking sheet, it should be a floury mess. It comes together as you press it out into a rectangle, fold it over, turn it, and repeat.

easy buttermilk biscuits

Using this press and fold technique with the biscuit dough will bring it together after about 5-6 turns, it will give you nice flakey layers, and it will keep your biscuits light and fluffy since the dough doesn’t get kneaded and over worked.

You also want to make sure your butter and buttermilk are very cold. The butter should stay in small pieces within the dough, if it’s melting, chill the dough for 10-15 minutes before baking the biscuits. You want the butter to melt in the oven to create those lovely flakey layers.

easy buttermilk biscuits

How to make Easy Buttermilk Biscuits:

  • Make sure not to over work the biscuit dough. If you knead it, it will start to develop gluten and the biscuits won’t be a soft and fluffy. Having some dry floury bits and visible pieces of butter is fine.
  • The folding technique used to shape the biscuits helps to bring the dough together (instead of kneading it) and also helps give the biscuits their flakey layers, so don’t skip it.
  • When you cut the biscuits, make sure not to twist the biscuit cutter or knife. Twisting the cutter will seal the edges and the biscuits won’t rise as much in the oven. Cut straight down.
  • If you want circular biscuits, be aware that the ones made from the scraps won’t rise as well as the first ones you cut. For this reason, I usually just cut my biscuits into squares so there aren’t any scraps to use up.

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easy buttermilk biscuits
Yield: 8 biscuits

Buttermilk Biscuits

easy buttermilk biscuits

These easy buttermilk biscuits are light and flakey and so easy to make! They can be on the table in under a half hour, and everyone will love them!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, frozen
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat liner.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder until well combined.
  4. Grate in the frozen butter (or cut it in with a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs, I find grating faster and easier) and mix it together gently.
  5. Pour in the buttermilk and stir until the dough starts to come together. It will be very shaggy with lots of loose flour, that’s okay.
  6. Dump the mixture out onto a lightly floured counter. It won’t really look like a cohesive dough at this point. That’s okay, you don’t want to overwork the dough so don’t worry about it!
  7. With lightly floured hands, shape the dough into a rough rectangle, about one inch thick. Lift one end up and fold it in half. It will fall apart, just pick up all the bits and pieces and put them on top.
  8. Turn the dough a quarter turn and press it out into a one inch thick rectangle again. Repeat this folding and turning process 5-6 times, at which point your dough will be more cohesive, and not crumbling all over the place anymore. Add a bit more flour underneath and on your hands if it gets too sticky.
  9. Press the dough out one last time into a one inch thick rectangle. Cut it into squares with a knife, making sure to cut straight down and not slide or twist at all when you’re cutting, or use a biscuit cutter, but don’t twist it as this will seal the edges and they won’t rise well in the oven. I usually cut them into squares as it’s faster and there are no scraps to reshape then.
  10. Place the biscuits on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until they are risen and lightly browned on top.

Notes

This recipe is easily doubled if you like.

I have also made these with whole wheat flour substituted for half of the all-purpose flour, but they are a bit lighter with just all purpose flour.

Frozen butter IS better as the biscuits are flakier when the butter is frozen, but I generally do not plan far enough ahead to stick the butter in the freezer so I often make these with butter that is just cold from the fridge. Just grate the butter into the flour quickly, and if it starts to soften, refrigerate the dough for 10-15 minutes before baking the biscuits.

If you don't have buttermilk, you can substitute 1 cup of milk mixed with 1 tablespoon vinegar, but I do use real buttermilk when I have it.

Source: Adapted from Allrecipes.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 177Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 419mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g

Nutrition Information is estimated based on ingredients used and may not be exact.

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