biscuitsThis weekend I took a short but sweet trip home to North Carolina for my sister’s college graduation. Flying back and forth from San Francisco, CA to Raleigh, NC  is a lot of traveling for a weekend trip but I had not been home since Christmas, so it was worth it. It’s hard when your two favorite places are on opposite sides of the country! It was a wonderful visit, packed with family time, hanging out with friends, and eating lots of Southern food. In honor of my recent visit home, I’m going to share a recipe for a quintessential Southern food; buttermilk biscuits!

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons chilled butter
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk

Step One: Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl.

Step Two: Cut the chilled butter into small pieces and rub it into the flour. Use your fingers to rub in the butter until the flour resembles coarse cornmeal.

rub in the butter

Step Three: Add the buttermilk to the mixture and stir until moistened. Knead the dough a few times until combined. Don’t over handle the dough. The quicker you combine everything, the fluffier the biscuits will be.

Step Four: Turn the dough onto a floured surface and pat down to an inch thick circle.

Step Five: Use a floured circle cutter (I used a drinking glass) to cut out your biscuits. Place the biscuits together in a cast iron skillet or baking sheet, so that the sides are touching. Take the scraps of dough and use your hands to form into another biscuit. Don’t re-roll the dough.

cut the biscuit

Step Six: Bake the biscuits for 12 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.

Buttermilk biscuits are delicious with a little honey or molasses. Another amazing way to eat a biscuit is to split it in half and make a breakfast sandwich with bacon, egg, and cheese. No matter how you eat it, it’s sure to satisfy. Enjoy!

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