These homemade Fluffy Southern Buttermilk Biscuits, served with a rich sausage gravy or topped with eggs, bacon, country ham or jam are a Southern staple. You can also enjoy them with a drizzle of honey or a dollop of preserves at any meal.
Fluffy Tender Southern Buttermilk Biscuits
The aroma of homemade biscuits baking is only eclipsed by the first heavenly bite. If you gathered any number of Southern cooks together, none of them would make their biscuits exactly the same way. Each cook would have their own favorite techniques and tricks to give their biscuits the edge that sets them apart. Serve these fluffy biscuits at any meal and enjoy a taste of the South at your own kitchen table.
Easy Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe
Helpful Tips for Making the BEST Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits
The ingredients needed to make biscuits are so basic, it's important to use the very best for making tender fluffy biscuits.
- Kitchen tools you'll need: A large bowl for mixing, measuring cups and spoons, a pastry blender, a non stick surface for rolling or a pastry mat. You'll also need a food processor, a pastry blender or two forks to cut the cold butter into the flour. A biscuit cutter and a baking pan. A pastry brush for brushing the tops.
- Ingredients you'll need to make biscuits from scratch: All purpose flour, cold butter, baking powder, baking soda, salt and buttermilk. Also, melted butter or heavy cream for brushing the tops and a drizzle of honey, jam or butter for serving.
- Start with quality ingredients. Biscuits require so few ingredients to make it's worth making sure everything is fresh and top quality.
- Don't overwork the biscuit dough or the biscuits could be tough.
- Use fresh baking powder.
- Use a sharp biscuit cutter. When cutting the biscuit dough into rounds, dip the cutter in flour, press down, then lift, never twist to make the cut. This ensures the biscuits will have flaky layers.
- Use cold butter. The butter will melt and create steam while baking resulting in a fluffier biscuit.
- Be gentle when mixing the dough and knead as little as possible to avoid developing the gluten in the flour.
- If preferred, the biscuits can be baked closer together, to encourage them to rise upwards while baking.
Variations Of Classic Buttermilk Biscuits to Add to the Menu
- The most common kind of Southern biscuit served is savory with occasional add-ins such as cheese, chives or bacon.
- Buttermilk biscuits can also be served as a sweeter version such as incorporating sweet potatoes with sugar and cinnamon.
- Just like a scone, at times they feature fresh or dried fruit and they're topped with a sweet glaze.
- Then, there are the beloved "Angel Biscuits" which are a cross between a buttermilk biscuit and a yeast roll. Whatever your preference, a classic Southern buttermilk biscuit and a few simple technique tips will put you on the path for biscuit making success.
- Biscuits come in many flavors, but this basic buttermilk biscuit recipe is probably the one that people most often make and clearly one that will never go out of style.
- You may also like to try this recipe for Cinnamon Biscuits with Honey Butter from Butter with a Side of Bread.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Fluffy Southern Buttermilk Biscuits
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 5 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ cup cold unsalted butter or vegetable shortening
- 1 - 1 ¼ cup cold buttermilk
- melted butter or heavy cream to brush the tops
- Preheat the oven to 450°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Sift together the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
- Cube the butter or shortening then cut it into the dry ingredients using a pastry blender or pulse in a food processor. Cut until it becomes crumbly and resembles peas.
- Mix in 1 cup cold buttermilk, just until the crumbs are thoroughly moistened. Add up to ¼ cup additional buttermilk, if needed. The dough shouldn't be overly wet but, slightly sticky.
- Roll or pat out on a lightly floured surface about ¾-1 inch thick. Cut into rounds using a 2-inch cookie cutter dipped in flour. Do not twist the dough with the cutter. Cut the dough, then lift the cookie cutter up. Re-roll any scraps and repeat.
- Place biscuits 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. Brush the tops with melted butter or heavy cream.
- Bake biscuits at 450°F for 13-15 minutes until lightly golden and puffed.
- Brush with melted butter after removing from the oven. Serve immediately.
Can you use salted butter and just omit the salt?
You can use salted butter, sure. Decrease the salt to 1 teaspoon but don't omit.
Can I just use regular milk or carnation milk instead of butter milk
You can use whole milk, I wouldn't recommend canned milk.
My biscuits didn’t puff up. Any thoughts on what could have been the problem? My baking powder was fresh…
Was the dough overworked? Were they rolled too thin? These are two things that could be a problem. Otherwise, if the leavening was fresh I'm not certain I have an exact answer.
Can these biscuits be frozen? If so, how would you reheat them?
You can freeze these prior to baking. Place them onto a sheet pan and freeze solid then package. You can bake them from frozen adding a few minutes to the bake time. If you bake them prior to freezing, reheat in single servings in the microwave after thawing.
Can bread flour be substituted for all purpose flour?
Bread flour isn't ideal for making biscuits due to the higher gluten and protein content.
So fluffy, this is the best biscuit recipe, and I've tried many. This will be my new go-to recipe.
Thanks so much!