Everybody loves a good southern biscuit! This recipe comes from my mom’s sister, Aunt Beckie and has been passed down to me. I grew up with them appearing under the baking dome every once in awhile, enjoying their simple taste and hearty texture.
Full recipe is listed below but I’ll do a little step by step explanation to start!
Mix 4 cups all purpose flour, 1/4 cup white sugar, 7 tsp baking powder (yes 7!), 1 tsp salt and 3/4 tsp baking soda in a bowl. Mix together well.
Make a well (a hole/space) in the centre of your dry ingredients and add 1/2 cup of oil and 2 cups of buttermilk. No need to go buy a big container of buttermilk in which you won’t use it all, you can make your own! Add 1 tbsp of lemon juice or vinegar for every 1 cup of milk. In this instance I used 2 tbsp of fresh lemon juice in 2 cups of almond milk and let it sit for 10 minutes before I mixed it in with the rest of the ingredients!
Mix wet and dry ingredients together well and put the dough on a floured surface. Knead the dough 10-14 times adding flour to your hands as they get sticky. Then pat the dough out to approx 1″ tall (doesn’t need to be patted to any specific shape).
As someone with a smaller kitchen, splitting a pantry with my roommate I don’t always have the right supplies for certain recipes. If you do not have a 2″ circle cutter you can use the top of a jam jar to cut the biscuit dough. Making sure your lid is dipped in a bit of flour will help you cut the dough easier as well.
Mama learned the secret that makes these biscuits the best…baking them next to one another. I’ll be honest, I do not know exactly why but my strong guess would be for the way the baking powder is reacting and rising the biscuit. I’m always so surprised how well they break apart from one another and don’t stick together like a cookie would!
In terms of dressing these biscuits, that is up to you! I don’t treat them as a scone as they are not as sweet, dense or dry as a scone. My favourite is just a little bit of melted butter on top. I have always wondered what a breakfast sandwich would be like – egg, ham, cheese and spinach. And of course…I love peanut butter on them, but we know I love peanut butter on lots of weird things!
One of my girlfriends decided to have a beautiful adult tea party for her birthday…my first one! Using her tea set, everyone brought a treat including finger sandwiches, macarons, madeleines, cake, pizza, veggies…it was delicious. She also put out butter, fresh strawberries and jam as a dressing option for the biscuits!
4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup white sugar
7 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
*2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup oil (coconut or vegetable)
1. Add all dry ingredients, mix well.
2. Make a well, add the wet ingredients, stir well.
3. Move onto a floured surface, knead 10-14 times.
4. Pat dough out until 1″ thick, cut with a 2″ circle cutter. Place biscuits touching each other on the pan.
5. Bake at 450F for 10-12 minutes. Makes approx. 20 biscuits.
*Add 1 tbsp of lemon juice or vinegar to any 1 cup of milk (dairy, almond, soy). Let rest for 10 mins, voila your own butter/sour milk!