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Buttermilk Biscuits

This is a new biscuit recipe I decided to try today.  There is a cookbook that is all the rage among food bloggers: Baking from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan.  Instead of throwing down $40 for a cookbook, I got it from the library first to see if I was impressed with the recipes.  This biscuit is different from my usual because it uses all butter, which gives it a very rich flavor and a crispier crust.  This was my first try using my fingers to cut in the butter, but whatever method you use, be sure to leave enough bigger pieces of butter.  As the biscuit bakes, it is those chunks that form flaky layers as the water in the butter steams.

  • Total Time: 58 minute
  • Yield: 12


1 3/4 C all purpose flour
1/3 C cake flour
1 Tb baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
6 Tb cold unsalted butter, cut into 12 pieces
3/4 C cold buttermilk


1.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment or silicone mat.
2.  Whisk the flours, baking powder and soda, sugar and salt together in a bowl.  Drop in the butter and using your fingertips (or pastry blender) rub the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture is pebbly.
3.  Pour the buttermilk over the dry ingredients and toss with a fork gently until you have a nice soft dough.  Knead the dough very gently 3 or 4 times just to bring together.
4.  Lightly dust work surface and quickly pat the dough with your fingers into a 1/2″ thick disk.  Use a 2″ biscuit cutter and cut the dough into 12 biscuits and transfer to your baking sheet.
5.  Bake biscuits for 14-18 minutes until they are puffed and golden brown.


By Dorie Greenspan

  • Author: Carole Jones
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 14-18 minutes
  • Category: Biscuits
  • Method: Hand
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 biscuit
  • Calories: 136
  • Sugar: 1.5g
  • Sodium: 649mg
  • Fat: 6g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.7g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1.8g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 17.6g
  • Fiber: .5g
  • Protein: 2.5g
  • Cholesterol: 15.9mg

Keywords: biscuits, buttermilk, homestyle