You know, buttermilk biscuits are as much a part of the Southern culinary landscape as grits and fried okra. Growing up, there wasn’t a proper breakfast spread that didn’t include them. Now we didn’t have them every day, but weekend breakfasts and special occasions always included them. They even made their way to the supper table for certain meals, too. But I’ll admit that with the advent of the frozen biscuit, the days of crafting a homemade biscuits have gone to the wayside. Honestly, I’ve been know to toss a few of those frozen hockey pucks on a baking sheet for a busy weekday morning breakfast, too. But regardless of the convenience, there is nothing quite like a real homemade buttermilk biscuit.
If you do make them at home, chances are you make your biscuits the same way your mother or grandmother made them. I know I do. And not once did I ever see my mother or grandmother use a biscuit cutter. This recipe is for biscuits the way Mom and Nana always made them. They are quick and easy and don’t make all the mess that rolling out biscuits does. I do make biscuits that way sometimes, but if I’m in a hurry, this is my go-to recipe.
Others are just perplexed when it comes to homemade biscuits. If that’s you, don’t fear. Here are a few of my tips for making the perfect biscuit – without a biscuit cutter that is.
First – WHITE LILY SELF-RISING FLOUR. Just get some. I promise it makes a HUGE difference.
Second – For this recipe to bake up pretty biscuits, you’ll want to make sure that the ball of dough you roll out doesn’t have any visible cracks. This might mean needed it a bit (just a little bit, though) and re-rolling it. Those little cracks become big cracks when they bake. They’ll taste the same, just won’t look as pretty. Let me show you…
Here’s what the pea-size crumbs should look like after you’ve cut the shortening in.
After adding the buttermilk, the dough should look roughly like this.
You don’t want the biscuit to look like this. See those cracks? They get bigger then they bake.
Here’s a biscuit after it’s been rolled up and flattened out. See – no big cracks.
You can see the thickness here.
Here they are – all pretty and ready for the oven.