Originally posted October 15, 2011

buttermilk biscuits

buttermilk biscuits by joanie

Pinch My Salt's blog post on buttermilk biscuits is a great primer on southern-style biscuits:


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • Plus some butter or ghee or brushing the tops of the biscuits.
9 biscuits


Preheat oven to 500ยบ.

Sift together both flours, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix in salt. Cut butter into pats and work it in using a pastry cutter. Stir in the buttermilk. You'll eventually need to use your hands to bring the dough together into a ball, taking care not to overwork it.

Place dough on a work surface dusted with flour. Use the heels of your palms to press it out to about 1/2-3/4" thick.

Use a biscuit cutter to cut out biscuits. (A 3" round will yield 9 biscuits.) Arrange on a parchment-lined baking sheet so that the edges of the biscuits are touching. Brush the tops of the biscuits with a little butter or ghee. Bake on the middle rack for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown to your liking.

Serve warm.

30 minutes



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Pinch My Salt
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