Buttermilk Biscuits

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Have you ever heard of the site Frieda Loves Bread? Well, Frieda is the author and Frieda loves bread and I love Frieda. And Frieda’s bread. I found out about this biscuit recipe from her and, let me tell you, it caused such a phenomenon at my house that I threw away all canned biscuits, boxed biscuit mixes, and my Bisquick. Ok, just kidding. I can’t throw away Bisquick because it is so handy. But, you get my point. These biscuits are really so flaky and buttery and, well, just divine.

 

2 c flour

2 t baking powder

1/4 t baking soda

1 t salt

7 T unsalted butter, cut into thin slices, chilled in freezer

1 c cold buttermilk, divided

 

In large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Using a pastry blender, fork, or two knives, cut in butter until fine and crumbly. Add 3/4 cup buttermilk. Mix only until dough forms. Handling as little as possible, dump dough onto floured surface and roll/pat into rectangle shape. Fold into thirds, like a business letter. Turn the dough a quarter turn and fold into thirds again. Turn a quarter turn again and fold in thirds again. Roll dough out to 3/4-inch thickness. Using a 2½-inch circle cutter, cut out biscuits by pushing straight down, not twisting.

 

Place biscuits on ungreased baking sheet. Press the middle of each biscuit with your thumb (helps them raise straight). Brush top of each biscuit with remaining buttermilk. Bake at 425 for 13 minutes.

 

FYI:

grate frozen butter using coarse grater instead of using pastry blender

if the buttermilk is cold, it tenderizes the dough

if using salted butter, omit salt in recipe

handling dough too much makes for tough biscuits

folding the dough in thirds three times gives you flaky layers

pushing straight down with the cutter gives you straight biscuit sides

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6 Responses to Buttermilk Biscuits

  1. jane says:

    I want to make these right now!!!! They don’t go with my dinner at all…so I’m thinking I’ll make them for strawberry shortcake!

    • Carol says:

      Oooo good idea, Jane. Don’t those flaky, buttery layers just suck you right in? Invite you to eat them now??

  2. Amy D. says:

    The kids will be so happy when they have these for breakfast tomorrow! Mom’s been slacking on breakfasts…

  3. Amy D. says:

    Just made these again today to go with our salad-for-lunch. They stole the show!

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