I have a secret to confess. Many years ago, I was terrible at making biscuits. I tried biscuit recipe after biscuit recipe but they were all terrible; so terrible that I eventually gave up and made only “whop-whop” biscuits, which in my family means canned biscuits. A few years ago Dan and I took a hard look at our food bill and we began to re-evaluate some of our eating habits. We decided that canned biscuits were one of the foods that had to go. So I went back to my recipe books and started searching through my old ranch and church cookbooks. You know, those cookbooks you pick up at a bake sale then never look through again? Let me tell you, those cookbooks are chock full of useful information! After several attempts and some batches of pretty-good-but-not-amazing biscuits, I found THE recipe.
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There’s a secret though that’s not included in the recipe; in fact it was something I learned along the way. Are you ready for my secret to amazing biscuits?
Don’t and I repeat, DON’T over-mix the dough! Biscuit dough isn’t like regular bread dough where you mix and mix and mix and – you get the point. Biscuits are more like pancake batter in the fact that if you over-mix them, they will come out hard and flat like; well, hockey pucks (though hopefully not black like hockey pucks-you got more than just over-mixing issues if they come out black!). Anything made with baking powder seems to come out hard and dense if you over-mix it. Luckily for you, my biscuit recipe is not strictly what’s called a “baking powder biscuit”, so you have a little more leeway, just don’t go crazy. Nobody wants to eat hockey pucks for breakfast (although I can’t vouch for hockey players, I’m not sure what they eat)!
These biscuits don’t require any special pan, in the past I used any old non-stick I had on hand. This past Christmas though, Dan bought me a new cookie sheet. It’s a Nordic Ware aluminum cookie sheet (affiliate link) with rolled edges so the pan won’t buckle. My parents had a couple while I was growing up, so at first I wanted one for purely nostalgic reasons. I’ve gotta say, I’ve been extremely impressed at how this pan has performed compared to my non-sticks. And I don’t have to worry about accidently scraping the non-stick coating off. I found that if I use vegetable oil to grease the pan, it leaves behind a sticky residue that’s really hard to get off, so I recommend using butter to grease these aluminum pans.
Now, without further ado here is my biscuit recipe!
- 5+ cup flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup shortening you can substitute butter
- 1/2+ tbsp yeast 1/2 tbsp = 1 packet
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 2 cup buttermilk
Sift all dry ingredients together.
Cut shortening into dry mixture using a pastry blender or 2 knives.
Dissolve the yeast in the warm water then add it to the buttermilk. I usually warm the buttermilk up just a little before adding the yeast. If you warm it in the microwave be careful not to curdle the milk.
Mix the wet ingredients into the dry. Work quickly and be careful not to overmix, if you do you’ll have hockey puck biscuits! I always have to add more flour as I’m mixing though, make sure it’s just enough that the dough sticks together and you can quickly roll it out. Cut with a biscuit cutter dipped in flour.
Non stick cookie sheet: no grease
Aluminum cookie sheet: lightly grease with butter.
Bake at 400 degrees for around 13-15 min. When they’re lightly browned on top and you can thump them, they’re done.
*Note: To make buttermilk, I use 1 scant cup of regular milk and a 1 Tbsp. lemon juice, then let it sit for a bit.
If you’re looking for a little something extra and to make these amazing biscuits even MORE amazing, check out my Whipped Honey Butter, it’s creamy and just the right amount of sweet with a hint of vanilla. Little Miss was a lot of help on this kitchen adventure, but she was even more help eating them! We would love to know what your favorite way is to eat biscuits!