Southern-inspired Buttermilk Biscuits

September 20, 2017

On a recent trip to Nashville, I experience vibrant and delicious southern cuisine from hot fried chicken to fried green tomatoes to local whiskey. And yes, I experience some very tasty and flakey buttermilk biscuits. Buttermilk biscuits are a classic breakfast and brunch staple, not only in the south, but in Seattle as well.



What makes a Southern biscuit so southern? The flakes! The golden crust! The homemade shape! Southern biscuits are more dense to hold any gravy, meat or eggs. An appearance of lard, or shortening, will appear to give it more flakes and layers. Most of all, a Southern biscuits needs to be big and bold!


Southern-inspired biscuits 

Yields: 8 large biscuits 

Oven: 500 degrees F + 450 degrees F

Baking pans: parchment lined baking sheet


Ingredients needed:

4 cups all purpose flour, sifted

2 tablespoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 tablespoon white sugar

2 teaspoon fine sea salt + 1/4 more for topping

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small cubes

4 tablespoon vegetable shortening

1 1/2 cup buttermilk

1 whole egg, lightly beaten



  • In a large bowl, sift together: 

    • 4 cups all purpose flour

    • 1 teaspoon baking powder

    • 1 teaspoon baking soda

    • 2 tablespoon white sugar

  • Add:

    • 4 tablespoons unsalted, chilled cubed butter and 2 tablespoon vegetable shortening

    • 'Cut' the butter and shortening into small pea-size shapes into the flour

  • Add 1 1/2 cup buttermilk. Using a bowl scraper, or spatula, gently 'fold' the liquid into the mixture. Forming a  soft dough.

  • Shape the biscuit dough into a rectangle shape and cut into 8 large biscuits. 

  • Place closely together on a parchement lined baking sheet.

  • Whisk 1 egg and brush on top of biscuit. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon sea salt on top.

  • Bake for 20 minutes at 500 degrees F. After 20 minutes, decrease the temperature to 450 degrees and bake for 8 more minutes.

  • Cool completely. Serve with country gravy, fried eggs, jam, and southern tea! 

Happy baking! Let me know how your southern biscuits turned out.



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