Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits

Introduction: Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits

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In this Instructable, learn how to make buttermilk biscuits from scratch. This classic homemade American buttermilk biscuits recipe is so good and incredibly easy to make with just 6 ingredients.

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Follow the easy steps below or watch the video tutorial, or do both!

Supplies

Ingredients:

  • 6 Tbsp of cold butter (85g)
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour (240g)
  • 1 Tbsp of baking powder (13g)
  • 1/4 tsp of baking soda (1g)
  • 1 tsp of salt (5g)
  • 3/4 cup of cold buttermilk (177 ml)


Tools:

  • Food processor or pastry blender
  • Bowl
  • Spatula
  • Rolling pin
  • Biscuit cutter (2 3/4 inch or use the 3 inch one)
  • Cast Iron skillet or baking pan or sheet pan

Step 1: Prep the Butter

For this recipe, the butter needs to be really cold. It helps make the biscuits flakier. I like to freeze the butter then use my cheese grater and grate the butter.

The leftover part that I can shred because my fingers are in the way, I just chop into little chunks. Or you certainly can just chop the whole thing of butter into chunks.

If you forget to freeze the butter, just use cold butter from the fridge, you can cut it up and then put it in the freeze for t0 to 15 minutes.

Step 2: Mix Those Dry Ingredients With the Butter

Add the cold butter to a large bowl. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to the bowl.

NOTE: You can sift or whisk together the dry ingredients first.

Use a pastry blender and blend up the dry ingredients with the butter. You can also use clean hands or wear gloves.

TIP: A food processor works really well if you would like to use that, and it is fast!

When you are done you shouldn't have any chunks of butter and the white flour color will change slightly to off-white or pale yellow.

Step 3: Finish the Dough

Once the butter is incorporated create a well in the middle of the bowl with your fingers. Then pour the cold buttermilk into that little well.

Use a spatula or wooden spoon to mix the buttermilk with the other ingredients. You will be left with a nice tacky crumbly dough. Use your hands to knead the dough a little in the bowl and press it all together. It will stick together just fine.

Step 4: Press, Fold, Repeat

Press and shape the dough into a rectangle. Then fold it into thirds turn it a quarter turn and repeat. Do this 2 more times. This will help create flaky layers and is similar to the "lamination" process used to make puff pastry and croissants. Although there are some major differences between those.

Now the buttermilk biscuit dough is ready.

Step 5: Cut, Baste, Bake, Baste

Roll the dough out into roughly a rectangle that is about 1/2 inch thick.

Take a biscuit cutter and press it straight down, then pull it up. Don't twist it. Grab the round biscuit and place it in a seasoned cast iron skillet. Or if you don't have a cast iron skillet you can use a regular baking pan, cookie sheet, or sheet pan.

Grab the leftover scraps and knead them together roll it out and cut out more biscuits. This should make 8 to 10 medium biscuits.

Baste the tops of the biscuits with buttermilk.

Then bake at 425F/218C for 15 to 20 minutes until nice and golden brown on the top.

Remove them from the oven and baste the tops with some butter. After a few minutes take them out of the pan and place them on a wire rack to cool the rest of the way.

Step 6: Serve

Time to serve those biscuits. You can use them for biscuits and gravy. You can cut them in half and spread butter and drizzle honey or spread jam or jelly on them.

Maybe you can cook up some eggs and make eggs, bacon, cheese, and biscuits. Eat them however you want!

Enjoy!

*Print the easy buttermilk biscuits recipe here if you want.

Step 7: Video Tutorial

Now watch those steps in action with this video tutorial.

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16 Comments

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ron342
ron342

3 days ago

Some of us have to avoid that much butter but still love biscuits!!!
I wonder if you've tried using olive oil or ?? for some or all of the butter????

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In The Kitchen With Matt
In The Kitchen With Matt

Reply 3 days ago

You could use like half butter and half oil :) You could even try it with just olive oil. It is a super easy recipe to experiment with.

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JacquelineR26
JacquelineR26

10 days ago

Do you use salted or unsalted butter? I am going to make these on the weekend!

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In The Kitchen With Matt
In The Kitchen With Matt

Reply 10 days ago

I usually use unsalted butter. You can use salted butter, if you do, just reduce the amount of added salt to 1/4 tsp. :)

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jeverett3
jeverett3

13 days ago

So happy to find this recipe on a Sunday morning. Biscuits are in the oven looking superb

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TeresaM7
TeresaM7

13 days ago on Step 7

I can make a German chocolate cake from scratch. I often make up my own recipes, and I'd challenge anyone with my yeast bread recipe. But my failure at simple biscuits is epic. Maybe I'll try just one more time with yours :)

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tailsnz
tailsnz

Reply 13 days ago

the reason people fail at bicuits is they use their hands and knead the dough. just mix the dry and wet together with a knife. put on a floured surface press into a rough square at the height you want, cut into pieces and put on tray and bake. if you do this you will always have light and fluffy biscuits.

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shalnachywyt
shalnachywyt

13 days ago

I've tried many recipies for biscuits and failed at all of them. I'll try this one.

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tailsnz
tailsnz

Reply 13 days ago

the reason people fail at bicuits is they use their hands and knead the
dough. just mix the dry and wet together with a knife. put on a
floured surface press into a rough square at the height you want, cut
into pieces and put on tray and bake. if you do this you will always
have light and fluffy biscuits.

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In The Kitchen With Matt
In The Kitchen With Matt

Reply 13 days ago

Yeah give this one a try and let me know how it turns out.

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Arnov Sharma
Arnov Sharma

14 days ago

gonna try this, thanks for posting