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Buttermilk biscuits aren’t very hard to make. It was one of the first recipes I learned as a kid. If you practice, though, and become familiar with the recipe, and get better… well, a good buttermilk biscuit can make the world a better place, I believe. Keep an eye out for recipes to go with these biscuits in the coming weeks!
From: Welcome to Buttermilk Kitchen by Suzanne Vizethann, 2020
O.G. Buttermilk Biscuit
From the author: This is the biscuit that started it all and put us on the map. We make drop biscuits rather than rolled biscuits. If your biscuits do not come out the way you want them to the first time you make them, keep practicing. To make great biscuits is truly an art form.
Makes 12 (4-ounce) biscuits
½ pound plus 1 stick unsalted European butter, frozen*
5 cups all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons granulated sugar
4 tablespoons baking powder
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 ¾ cups Banner Butter buttermilk or other high-quality full-fat buttermilk
Melted butter (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a half-size sheet pan with butter.
Grate frozen butter, using a box grater, onto a baking sheet lightly coated in flour, and then toss lightly with flour to coat.
Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add in butter and fold into flour, mixing with your hands until mixture resembles sand. Add buttermilk and mix with your hands until dough comes together into a large ball (it should be soft and sticky).
Scoop biscuits, using a 4-ounce ice cream scoop or a ½ cup measuring cup sprayed with nonstick cooking spray, onto the sheet pan, leaving 1 inch between each biscuit. Bake for 10 minutes then turn and rotate pan and bake another 10-15 minutes. Check for color and doneness. The biscuits should be golden brown, crispy around the edges, and cooked in the middle. Brush immediately with melted butter.
*We freeze the butter for at least 30 minutes prior to making this recipe to make it easier to grate the butter.
Variation: To make honey biscuits, substitute raw honey for the sugar in the recipe.