It’s no secret that my hubby is a Northern Transplant from the south. As a matter of fact, his southern heritage is shown in nearly everything we do, from gardening (“No, honey, okra isn’t necessary in so many beds..” to the food we make. Biscuits are a staple, like the bread of life almost. I love, love, love making these! Even though they use *white* flour, they are still a must in my family! They are fluffy, moist, and have so much flavor, it’s hard to stop at one. Or Two. Or Three….
Here’s what you will need to make these for yourself:
- 4 cups flour
- 3 T. baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 4 T. cold butter
- 4 T. shortening (I use palm shortening)affiliate
- 2 cups buttermilk
Preheat oven to 425.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add in cold butter and shortening and cut in until mixture is crumbly. Add buttermilk and combine just until all flour mixture is mixed in. BE GENTLE! Pat out on floured counter until about 1/2 inch thick. Using a biscuit cutter, or other sharp end (not a glass!*) cut out your biscuits. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake in oven for 15-18 minutes until golden brown.
**Now, as for why not a glass…
I know you’ve heard everyone say that it’s okay, and best to use and all…but, truth be told here. It “seals” the ends up and you don’t get as high of a rise on your biscuits. Trust me. Try it for yourself. Next batch of biscuits you make, make 1/2 with a biscuit cutter or a sharp knife cutting them out and 1/2 with a glass and see which ones rise better for you. You can usually pick them up at a dollar store or Target pretty cheaply.
The other problem people have with biscuit height is that their baking powder isn’t fresh.
You CAN use it for up to a year, but I recommend replacing it after 6 months, to keep it as fresh as possible **