how to make: southern buttermilk biscuits

goodness. thursdays are all the rage over here. it might be my favorite day of the week. weird huh?

last night, david played a little show with his old band, Backstories. i went and was so proud of those guys…playing songs they havent played together in years. they seemed so happy to be back together, and i got some fun photos that i’ll share later. they didnt start playing until 12:15! 12:15!!!! i am usually home, in my pajamas, watching mad men or something by 9:00. i think i’m getting old. we didnt get home until super late, so this morning was a slow one for us. so, what did i do? i made biscuits!! delicious, warm, fresh biscuits. i pride myself on being a great biscuit maker, so i thought i would share my secrets with you. are you ready?!

how to make biscuits the southern way…

Dont these look so good? david loves cinnamon and sugar so i like to make him some cinnamon ones too!

first, measure your ingredients out. then, mix the dry ingredients. i like to sift my flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda, but you dont have to.

next, mix the cold butter into the dry ingredients. this is what it should look like. i like using my hands to do it…makes it easier!

then, pour the milk it, and stir it all together.

 after you mix the dry and wet ingredients, lay some wax paper and flour out on your work area. the wax paper will help so much during clean up! also, grab something to cut the dough into rounds. a small cup works well. i have an amazing antique one my mom gave me!

pour the dough out onto the floured work area, and kneed it. if you want to add cinnamon and sugar to the dough, do it now. i usually make a couple of plain biscuits, and then kneed the cinnamon and sugar into the dough. i also like to sprinkle the cinnamon sugary goodness on the top, so we know which is which!

carefully pat the dough out, and cut out rounds! do not use a rolling pin, it makes the dough too flat.

after you cut them out, put the biscuits in a pan and through them in the oven! the oven should be pre-heated in 450, and the biscuits can stay in for about 10-15 minutes.

viola!! homemade buttermilk biscuits!! this recipe usually makes eight biscuits…or 6 if you like big ones! i hope you enjoy them! these are so good!

 we love this mayhaw jelly my parents brought us from mississippi. it’s perfect for biscuits!

ingredients:

    • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting the board
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or 1 teaspoon salt
    • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, very cold
    • 1 cup buttermilk ( approx)
    • 1 tablespoon cinnamon (or to taste)
    • 1 tablespoon sugar (or to taste)


directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 450°F.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl
  3. Cut the butter into chunks and cut into the flour until it resembles course meal.
  4. Add the buttermilk and mix JUST until combined.
  5. If it appears on the dry side, add a bit more buttermilk. It should be very wet.
  6. Turn the dough out onto a floured board.
  7. Gently, gently PAT (do NOT roll with a rolling pin) the dough out until it’s about 1/2″ thick. Fold the dough about 5 times, gently press the dough down to a 1 inch thick.
  8. Use a round cutter to cut into rounds.
  9. You can gently knead the scraps together and make a few more
  10. Place the biscuits on a cookie sheet or in a roasting pan- if you like soft sides, put them touching each other.
  11. If you like”crusty” sides, put them about 1 inch apart- these will not rise as high as the biscuits put close together.
  12. Bake for about 10-12 minutes- the biscuits will be a beautiful light golden brown on top and bottom.