Biscuit Recipe – Alton Brown’s Southern Biscuit

  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 cup buttermilk, chilled

This is one of my favorite biscuit recipes. Be sure not to knead the dough too much – less is better in this case. It may be a little lumpy, but that is all to the good. Hmm hmm – serve this with sausage gravy and fried eggs for an early but happy heart attack.

How to make American Buttermilk Biscuits:

Preheat oven to 450F, 230C. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a big mixing bowl. Using your fingertips, rub butter and shortening into dry ingredients until mixture looks like crumbs, mixing as fast as possible, before the fats melt.  Make a well in the center and pour in the chilled buttermilk. Stir just until the dough comes together. The dough will be very sticky. Turn dough onto floured surface, dust top with flour and gently fold dough over on itself 5 or 6 times. Press into a 1-inch thick round. Cut out biscuits with a 2-inch cutter, being sure to push straight down through the dough. Place biscuits on baking sheet so that they just touch. Reform scrap dough, working it as little as possible and continue cutting. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

American Buttermilk Biscuits

American Buttermilk Biscuits