Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Biscuits - Three Ways

Today I want to share three different recipes with you - all for the same food! Biscuits are one of my favorite foods of all time. Who couldn't love a biscuit??? Split one in half straight out of the oven and a puff of steam escapes from the tender, flaky center - all ready to be smothered in butter along with a spoonful of jelly. Makes me hungry just picturing it. ;) 

Over the years, baking powder biscuits were my go-to. However, within the past year I have also found a recipe I love for lard biscuits & finally attempted buttermilk biscuits. I can say, without a doubt, buttermilk biscuits are my absolute favorite. The recipe I use reminds me so much of the biscuits served at Cracker Barrel - that's enough of an explanation right there!

Below I have listed the 3 recipes that I alternate using when I make biscuits. Try them out and let me know which one is your favorite! :)

Buttermilk Biscuits


2 3/4 c. self-rising flour
1 1/4 c. buttermilk
1/2 c. shortening or lard

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pour 2 cups of flour into a bowl & cut in lard with hands or pastry blender. Add buttermilk & lightly mix the dough just until it starts to come together. If it looks really wet, add more flour a little at a time up to a 3/4 cup. 

2. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead lightly. Do not knead too much as that will make the dough tough. 

3. Pat into a circle that's about a 1/2 inch thick.(It's important that you pat the dough and do not use a rolling pin.) Use a biscuit cutter or similar round object to cut out the biscuits. 

4. Place the biscuits in a cast iron skillet close together, touching but not squishing each other. Make a fist and use your knuckles to lightly press down on each biscuit making an indentation. 

5. Bake in oven for 12 - 15 minutes or until golden brown on top. Brush generously with melted butter immediately upon removing skillet from oven. 

*Makes approximately 10 biscuits*

Lard Biscuits

2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tblsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/3 c. lard
2/3 c milk

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place rack in center of oven. 

2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, & salt. Cut in lard until it resembles small peas. Stirring with a fork, gently add milk to make a soft dough. Knead dough gently in bowl 4 times with floured hands.

3. Roll dough on a lightly floured surface to about 1/2" thick. Cut with a floured biscuit cutter (or object of similar size).

4. Place biscuits on ungreased baking sheet & bake until golden brown, about 12 minutes.

5. Brush generously with butter while still hot.

*Recipe from

Baking Powder Biscuits

2 c. all-purpose flour
1 tblsp. sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 c. shortening
3/4 c. milk

1. Heat oven to 450 degrees. In large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening, using pastry blender or hands, until mixture looks like fine crumbs. Stir in milk until dough leaves side of bowl (dough will be soft and sticky).

2. On lightly floured surface, gently roll dough in flour to coat. Knead lightly 10 times. Roll or pat 1/2 inch thick. Cut with a floured  biscuit cutter or similar object. On ungreased cookie sheet, place biscuits about 1 inch apart for crusty sides, touching for soft sides.

3. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Brush generously with butter while still hot.

Enjoy these recipes & remember, butter makes everything better! =)

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