I love breakfast more than any other meal. Breakfast has the best meats, the best breads, and sometimes dessert is incorporated right into the meal. I’ll take a bacon, egg and cheese biscuit over a club sandwich any day of the week!
Growing up in the south, biscuits were a pretty regular sight on the table – whether breakfast, lunch, dinner or supper. The difference between lunch/supper and dinner is that dinner is fancier and was more likely to feature all the good stuff that southern food is known for, AKA biscuits.
Nanny (my mom’s mom) taught me the basics of biscuits but she never measured so I couldn’t turn out reliable biscuits like she did. My goal this year was to “get good at biscuits” so I picked up a book called Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking and a bag of flour and went to work and here’s what I came up with…
- 3 Cups Flour
- 4 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 Tbsp Sugar
- 5 Tbsp Butter
- 3 Tbsp Vegetable Shortening
- 1⅓ Cup Buttermilk
- Preheat oven to 450°
- Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar in a large bowl
- Cut in cold butter and shortening with a fork, your fingers, or a pastry cutter until you get pea sized chunks of flour/butter/shortening
- Pour in buttermilk and mix to combine. The mixture will be clumpy kind of like dry cookie dough.
- Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface and bring together into a dough - being careful not to overwork the dough.
- Pat dough out into a rectangle that is about ½ an inch thick and cut into biscuits. I cut them into squares because I didn't want to get out the biscuit cutters and reform the dough but you can cut rounds if you'd like.
- Place on greased sheet pan and put into the oven for 12 - 15 minutes. Watch them at the end and pull them out when they are golden brown and delicious.
Biscuits are super easy to make and freeze really well. Get the hang of it and you’ll never buy a bag of frozen biscuits again!
- Place uncooked biscuits in a single layer in the freezer so they’re not touching.
- Once the biscuits have frozen, place them in a freezer bag for up to 6 months.
- Cook biscuits directly from frozen at 375° on a greased pan for 20 – 25 minutes or until they’re golden brown and delicious.
- A biscuit refers to a cookie in the United Kingdom and Canada.
- White flour, commonly used to bake biscuits, is almost instantly metabolized into sugar. Biscuits will quickly spike your blood-sugar level.