Buttermilk Biscuits
Learn how to make basic buttermilk biscuits. Once you get the hang of it, you can create whatever kind of biscuits you want!
Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: American
Yield: 10 (3-inch) biscuits
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
For Cheddar Herb Drop Biscuits
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons dried chives
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ cup more buttermilk
For Strawberry Biscuits
  • 1 cup cut-up fresh strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  1. Keep all ingredients and utensils cold.
  2. Heat oven to 450°F.
  3. In a large bowl, mix and sift all dry ingredients.
  4. Cut in cold butter, either using a pastry blender or two knives, or grate frozen butter into flour mixture. Mix until it resemble coarse crumbs, and you can still see little chunks of butter.
  5. Add buttermilk; stir with a spatula or spoon just until the dough comes together, about 15 stirs.
  6. Transfer dough onto a lightly floured work surface. Roll into a rough rectangle or oval, 1-inch thick.
  7. Sprinkle lightly with flour and fold the dough in half, top to bottom. You can use a bench scraper to do this.
  8. Roll it again into a rectangle/oval, and fold it again, this time side to side.
  9. Do a few more folding, about 5 times total.
  10. Roll the dough into desired thickness. Thinner if you want to use them for sandwiches, but otherwise ¾-inch is my preferred thickness.
  11. Use a biscuit cutter or a knife to cut the dough. Re-roll scraps and continue cutting. Your re-rolled scraps won't give you as much rise as the first batch, but they will still taste good.
  12. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. I like crisp edges so I spread them apart.
  13. Bake for 15 minutes, or until top is golden brown.
For Cheddar Herb Drop Biscuits
  1. Add cheese, herbs, garlic powder prior to adding buttermilk.
  2. Make sure to add ½ cup more buttermilk, as indicated in the ingredient list, to the basic biscuit recipe.
  3. Drop about 2 tablespoons for each biscuit on parchment-lined baking sheet, and bake as the basic buttermilk biscuits. Brush top with melted butter before serving. Makes 20 drop biscuits.
For Strawberry Biscuits
  1. Add strawberries and sugar prior to adding buttermilk.
  2. Skip the folding step. Just roll dough and cut, sprinkling with flour more liberally, the strawberries make the dough stickier.
  3. Follow the same direction for cutting and baking as the basic biscuits.
  • You can brush egg wash prior to baking, which will give the biscuits crisp brown crust on top.
  • Or brush with buttermilk to give them a softer brown crust.
  • Recipe by Fiesta Friday at https://fiestafriday.net/2018/03/28/how-to-make-biscuits/