Introduction: Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits
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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- 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)
- Food processor or pastry blender
- 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!
*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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