Southern-style Biscuits

  • Southern-style Biscuits
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  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 Tbls baking powder
  • 1 tspn salt
  • 100 g butter, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup buttermilk


Preheat your oven to 200C and line a baking tray with grease-proof paper.

It’s best to start with VERY cold ingredients when making biscuits. Go head and measure everything out and place the ingredients in the fridge for 5 minutes to chill.

Once chilled, place all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add the butter and cut it into the flour with a pastry cutter. You want to end up with small (smaller than a pea) pieces of butter all through the flour.

Make a well in the centre of your ingredients and pour in the buttermilk. DON’T STIR MUCH! The secret to nice biscuits is to NOT handle the dough too much. Stir just enough to combine the ingredients.

Dump the dough out onto a floured counter and pat it together so it’s even and about 1 1/2 inches thick. If it’s simply too sticky (which happened to me recently!) sprinkle the top of the dough with a bit more flour.

Using a SHARP cooking cutter or knife, cut out your biscuits. Don’t press down and twist, this will make the layers of the biscuits stick together and they won’t rise. Just press down and lift out.

Place the biscuits on the prepared tray with their edges touching. This will help them rise more. Pop them in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until they are golden brown.

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  • Buttermilk is like a magic potion that makes everything great! Awesome recipe, thanks for sharing. :)


    by Louise Carter on 20/09/2012, 02:39
    Louise Carter
  • These look perfect!


    by Melissa Darr on 03/05/2013, 10:58
    Melissa Darr