Easy Self-Rising Buttermilk Biscuits



No kidding!
These are delicious little biscuits 
just like Grandma used to make!



And no one will believe it when you tell them how easy they are to make!  

You will need just 3 ingredients, four, if adding herbs for this King Arthur Flour recipe.



Keep the butter and buttermilk cold.  Grate the cold or frozen butter ~ it's a fast easy technique to incorporate ice-cold fat into flour.




Use a gentle touch when handling the dough.

Work with it quickly and handle it as little as possible; too much handling will cause the dough to release gluten which will give you dry, tough biscuits.




Stir gently, fold gently, and pat dough into a rectangle before cutting out the biscuits or cutting into 12 squares.  




Bake the biscuits, and rest assured ~ you will have soft buttery biscuits with this recipe!


Easy Self-Rising Buttermilk Biscuits
Printable recipe

Ingredients:

2 cups self-rising flour
6 tablespoons butter, cold
½ teaspoon dried rosemary or thyme, optional
1 cup buttermilk, cold

Method:

Preheat oven to 450°.
Partially freeze butter for 10 minutes.
Using a cheese grater, grate hardened butter into a bowl.
Cover, and place in freezer to chill again, about 5 minutes.
Place flour in bowl and work in butter with a pastry blender.
Add buttermilk, stir until mixture comes together, dough will be sticky.
Turn dough out on floured surface, and fold dough over onto itself several times, using a little more flour if needed.
Pat dough into 5” x 8½” rectangle about ½” to ¾” thick.
Cut biscuits with a 2” round cutter or cut the rectangle into 12 small rectangular biscuits.  (If using a round cutter, pat the scraps together and cut additional biscuits.)
Place biscuits on ungreased baking sheet, leaving about 1” between them for crisp biscuits.  Arrange biscuits so they barely touch each other for soft-sided biscuits.   For higher biscuits, place them in an 8” round pan.
Bake biscuits for 12-14 minutes, or until they’re a light golden brown.
Remove from oven, serve hot.
Makes 12 biscuits

Tips:

For sweeter shortcake-style biscuits, add 3 tablespoons sugar to the flour and 1 teaspoon vanilla to the milk.

For cheese biscuits, mix ½ teaspoon dried mustard and a pinch of cayenne pepper with the flour, work in the butter, toss in 1 cup shredded cheese before adding the milk.

No self-rising flour?  Substitute by combining 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1½ teaspoons baking powder and ½ teaspoon salt.


Enjoy!




Comments

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    1. Thanks, Angie! Love these biscuits!

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  2. Who doesn't love biscuits! And buttermilk are the best. These look super -- thanks!

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  3. They look really good, Pam. I love stuff like this. Yum.

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    1. Thanks, Ivy! Buttered up, they were great!

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  4. Pam, Love good buttermilk biscuits fresh out of the oven. Add Amish/quality butter and a dollop of marmalade, blueberry or strawberry jam and I'm good for about 4 of these! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. Hi Dave! Wish I could send them your way! Blueberry jam, have to get some, haven't had it in ages! Take care

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  5. Oh yes i have heard that technique to great frozen butter, perfect for biscuits. They look wonderful Pam and pillowy.

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  6. This is one good excuse to have some self rising flour on hand! Beautiful biscuits!

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    1. Yes, Liz! I'm keeping the flour in the cabinet now! Take care

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  7. Small biscuits, Great taste!
    It's the kind of buttery biscuits that melt in our mouths and are a perfect treat.
    And as they say: you start cold (cold butter and butter milk) and end hot (hot oven, hot serving).

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    1. Hi Duta! That's great, start cold, end hot! Take care

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  8. I've been thinking about making biscuits for Easter, you make this sound so easy and they look delicious!

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    1. Thanks, Cheri! A little pat of butter makes them perfect!

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  9. Pam what wonderful and delicious biscuits !! Hugs!!

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    1. Thanks, Gloria and Hugs to you!

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  10. Your biscuits look delicious, and your cherry tea towel is so cute!

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    1. Thanks Cakelaw! I love that little towel! ☺

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  11. Outstanding recipe Pam! LOVE your new look too - so pretty. Have a blessed, happy Easter!

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    1. Thanks, Tricia! Time for a change! ☺ Happy Easter!

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  12. I can just picture a couple of these split open and topped with some of my sawmill gravy.

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    1. Hi Larry! Oh, yum! Have to learn about sawmill gravy! I bet it would be a hit here!

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  13. Ohh! Biscuits! Bring on the butter and honey!
    (And I miss the cat)

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    1. Hi Son! Butter for sure and honey makes it even better! I know, the cat, me too!

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  14. These biscuits look great Pam...and they sure look light and fluffy...by the way, I love the new look of your blog!
    Thanks for this recipe...and I hope you are having a fantastic week :)

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    1. Thanks, Juliana! It needed a change and I'm still working on it! Take care ☺

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  15. Pam this sounds delicious. We cannot buy buttermilk here and I use creme fraiche instead so I will try this out. I love things that are easy :-) Happy Easter Diane

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    1. Easy is great, Diane! And so is creme fraiche! Thanks and Happy Easter to you!

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  16. Oh man, so those looks good.
    You have done some changing up here,
    looks good!

    Happy Easter!

    M : )

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    1. Thanks, Melinda! They were really good with a slab of butter! Yes, I needed an updated version!
      Happy Easter to you and Ken!

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  17. i haven't been craving many things during my pregnancy, but biscuits have been one item that never fail to make my mouth water! i don't have good luck with making them, but yours look perfect. :)

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