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Basic Southern Biscuits

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Biscuit Recipe

Biscuit Recipe

Diana Rattray
This biscuit recipe makes great Southern-style biscuits. It's a basic recipe with buttermilk, lard or shortening, and butter.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, stirred before measuring*
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup lard or vegetable shortening, chilled
  • 2 tablespoons butter, chilled
  • 3/4 cup cold buttermilk


*If possible, use a light southern-style flour in this biscuit recipe.

Heat oven to 450° and have oven rack in center position.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut in the cold shortening and butter until you have pieces the size of small peas. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the cold buttermilk. Stir gently until the mixture is just holding together. If necessary, add a few more teaspoons of buttermilk.

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and pat out into a 1/2-inch thick circle. Cut out biscuits with a 2 1/2- to 3-inch cutter and place on an ungreased baking sheet.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until tops are lightly browned.

This biscuit recipe makes 10 to 12 biscuits.


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 3 out of 5
Southern-style buttermilk biscuits are yummy, Member gokemon

This biscuit recipe makes great Southern-style buttermilk biscuits. No other adornment needed. If you make not-so-perfect biscuits you can hide it under apple butter, grape jelly or strawberry preserves. I made up a batch of these this morning and there is only 1 left out of 10. If you over bake them slightly, or have left overs, they make a good gravy eating biscuit the next day. This biscuit recipe makes 10 to 12 biscuits.

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