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Real Southern Buttermilk Biscuit

Real Southern Buttermilk Biscuit

I have mentioned previously more than a few times that I consider myself biscuit challenged. They are usually dry, heavy, hard and really pretty bad. I follow directions, but they just never seem to turn out light and fluffy you know like the biscuits that you get in the can, the refrigerated ones from the store. I thought that maybe I was holding myself and the recipes up to too high of a standard but felt that there had to be a recipe out there that produced a biscuit that met my expectations. I went out on a limb this morning, I am an Air BNB host and had a lovely couple from Belgium staying with me, I offer breakfast on the first morning in Brooklyn and decided to try making this recipe for them (if they didn’t turn out I had English Muffins as a back up, had to have a safety net).

I am happy to report that the biscuits are fantastic. It is someones Southern Great Grandmothers recipe and is on Food.comΒ by cook P4, I followed the recipe to the letter and the results are amazing. Light, fluffy and delicious. I used full fat buttermilk and good Irish butter. They come together quickly, are easy to make and the results are wonderful. Click on Food.com for the recipe. I think one of my problems with biscuits or scones is that I have a heavy hand, probably from years of kneading bread. I barely handled this dough, I folded it as instructed exactly 5 times no more and gently patted the dough, I was gentle with the biscuit cutter, not turning it but a straight down cutting.

Look at the rise on that biscuit, I was really so pleased. I placed them close together on the baking sheet so that they touched each other giving a higher rise and soft sides. I served them for breakfast this morning with omelette and bacon, good salted butter and homemade strawberry jam.

I couldn’t wait to share this recipe with you all, if anyone is searching for a good/great recipe for biscuits, try this and let me know how you like it. I only had one biscuit left which explains the lack of photo’s but I feel it’s really is a thing of beauty and this biscuit deserved it’s close up.

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  1. Ummm! Suzanne I know they are as delicious as they look. Lovely photos and mouthwatering biscuits. Your guests are lucky people! Mega hugs!

    August 27, 2015
    • Thanks Teagan, I am sure as a Southerner your biscuts are great. Next time I am going to try to source some White Lily flour, I used King Arthur whichi is very good but Southern Cooks swear by White Lily.

      August 27, 2015
  2. The biscuits look so so perfect!

    August 27, 2015
    • They were Aruna, I have only made this recipe once the test is in the second go around and I hope my results are just as good. Thank you.

      August 27, 2015
  3. Hi Suzanne, what is Air BNB Host? Martha White Flour is another southern flour staple just to give you options my friend. SO happy to see you post!! In fact, I am jumping for joy this very moment.
    Your Florida Bud, Cheryl.

    August 27, 2015
    • Thanks Cheryl, I will look for that flour!! Check out Air BNB, people from all over the world can stay at your place, kind of like a B&B or hotel. I have an extra room, actually almost an entire floor I don’t use so I signed up as a host on the site and people book the room when they come to NYC for vacation. I have two girls coming in today from Netherlands, after them a couple on their honeymoon from France. It’s really fun and I have always secretly wanted to own a Bed and Breakfast.

      August 27, 2015
      • How fun is that Suzanne! I have a separate dwelling on our beachfront (about 550 sq. ft. self-contained) we use for overnight guests visiting when my home is filled to capacity or we take them to Daddy’s Motels? Sometimes, we get so much company family and friends, I run out of room and my home is 6,000 sq.ft? Go figure. Love that Suzanne!

        August 27, 2015
      • It is fun I originally started doing it to supplement when I had huge medical bills etc with izzy and Nando but like it so much I am still doing it

        August 27, 2015
      • Yes, I can understand. As long as it is private (with strangers -vs- family and friends (as in my case) keep doing it, I think it is wonderful!

        August 27, 2015
      • The space I use is private. Has a separate entrance access to the garden a large private bath it’s perfect for guests. If I have friends or family coming I simply block it on the site

        August 27, 2015
      • Super cool Suzanne-I love that! What a great way to assist others to visit NYC! I need to book that for me LOL X Cheryl

        August 27, 2015
      • Come, seriously!!!!

        August 27, 2015
      • You just never know? Its hard with 5 young ones to get away but it would for sure be a blast!!!

        August 27, 2015
      • I can imagine that getting away would be hard but if you ever plan a trip it would be so much fun.

        August 27, 2015
      • Yes it sure would be, did I ever mentioned my Parents are northerners from New Jersey (my paternal side) has so many relatives in NJ! In fact all of us (5) were born in NJ! I recall visits during childhood to the Jersey shore, etc. Florida is home though!

        August 27, 2015
      • Yes you are a north easterner it would be so much fun to meet you!

        August 27, 2015
      • Yep we will meet one day! No wonder we relate so well…LOL Have a great visit with your guests!

        August 27, 2015
      • Thanks and I am confident we will meet. I am ready the room is clean and fresh, I am ready!

        August 27, 2015
      • Something for you to look forward to Suzanne. I am so delighted for you at this time! You are a magnificent cook and welcoming, warm, human being-your guests are lucky to have you host them!

        August 27, 2015
      • Thank you!

        August 27, 2015
      • I am going to email you now!

        August 27, 2015
      • Ok will watch out for it!

        August 27, 2015
      • done

        August 27, 2015
  4. I grew up on my southern grandmother’s biscuits and I can say for sure your biscuit looks divine!

    August 27, 2015
    • I have never been able to make a good biscuit until now, I am beyond thrilled with how these came out, Nothing like a good Southern biscuit.Thanks Michelle

      August 27, 2015
  5. Wow – that sure is some rise on that biscuit!!!! Thanks so much Suzanne for sharing this recipe from Food.com – now – did I read that right? You are an airbnb host??? I didn’t realize airbnb had bed/breakfast options!! Your guests are in for a treat with breakfast spreads like that!!! Heck, they are not gonna wanna leave! πŸ™‚

    August 27, 2015
    • Yes I host guests in my place. It’s a lot of fun. Hosts can offer whatever they want most don’t offer a meal but I thought it was a nice perk and might draw people in and it has. I give them a choice of several menu items and when the weather is nice serve breakfast in the garden. My guests arriving today chose the roasted tomato herbed ricotta tart and blueberry pancakes. I have a Keurig in the room with an assortment of coffee and tea also.Thanks Shashi.

      August 27, 2015
  6. Suzanne, this is great , you are an Air BNB host, I’m coming ! Those biscuits look great.

    August 27, 2015
  7. Awesome!

    August 27, 2015
    • Thanks so much Emma.

      August 27, 2015
      • Just to let you know Ive nominated you for the ‘One lovely blog’ award. You can copy the logo from my blog. Emma xx

        August 27, 2015
  8. Barbara #

    Congratulations, they do look great. I use full fat buttermilk in mine, too, and the soft White Lily flour. It’s funny how great you can feel when biscuits come out right. Next time, take more pics; I couldn’t resist taking a lot of mine: https://kitchenportfolio.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/biscuits-and-sausage-gravy/

    August 27, 2015
    • Thank you, it is such a great feeling to make a good biscuit. I immediately went to your site and yours are spectacular!! Just started following your beautiful blog. Look forward to some great recipes. I have to find White LIly, it’s not available in the stores here, at least not that I can find. Must find an online source I think. Biscuits, or I should say good biscuits have eluded me for years.

      August 27, 2015
  9. WOW!! That is the best looking biscuit I have ever seen!!! Love it Suzanne!! πŸ™‚

    August 27, 2015
    • If I could have imortalized it in bronze I would have. After all these years it is the first biscuit I have made that I was actually happy with. Thanks so much Amy.

      August 27, 2015
  10. That’s beautiful! Evil, but beautiful!

    August 27, 2015
  11. Finally! A great biscuit recipe!! Thank you from all of us previously biscuit-challenged people.

    August 27, 2015
    • Ha!! We are a non exclusive club those of us who are biscuit challenged. It really is such a good recipe. I was so happy I could not believe it!! Thank you so much.

      August 27, 2015
  12. Oh yum. πŸ™‚

    August 27, 2015
  13. Suzanne, those biscuits look really good. I think I want to stay at your place through airbnb just for those biscuits. I love airbnb and we have met so many lovely people on our travels through airbnb.

    August 27, 2015
    • I haven’t travelled at all was taking care of Nando and Izzy so have only been a host. I have friends though who have used it and had a wonderful and very positive experience. Stay here any time at all!!!

      August 27, 2015
  14. That is a gorgeous biscuit and I’m sure it takes as good as it looks!

    August 27, 2015
    • It was pretty nearly perfect, soft and moist and fluffy. A real change from my past attempts that were likend to hocky pucks. Thank you so much.

      August 27, 2015
  15. I always want to make homemade biscuit.. Layesrs looks perfect.. Feel like grabbing one for bf

    August 27, 2015
    • They are so easy to make, minimal fuss and are so good. Thank you so much.

      August 27, 2015
  16. This biscuit is a thing of beauty. Perfectly soft and golden. I wouldn’t be surprised if your guests moved right on in with treatment like that. I’ll be getting that recipe for sure.

    August 27, 2015
    • Thanks Julie. I think they liked them as they were all gone. The recipe is a keeper.

      August 27, 2015
  17. Oh Suzanne it looks so fluffy and lovely! I will definitely go to the recipe and try this weekend for breakfast. My mom used to make biscuits for dinner all the time. She had it down, always fluffy and moist. But, like how your’s used to turn out mine are always inconsistent…and usually hockey pucks! Nice to hear how you handled them so gently, that must be the secret. Great to see your post today!

    August 27, 2015
    • My Mom was challenged like me so rarely made from scratch, I always remember having the kind you get from the refrigerated section of the supermarket. I always wanted to make them from scratch and have them turn out like those. Thank you so much.

      August 27, 2015
  18. Such wonderful layers. You made me hungry! πŸ™‚

    August 27, 2015
  19. Well done! As you’ve admitted you probably were heavy-handed. I think of myself as a lazy baker, as I seem to do as little as possible and end up with great results! Well, except with muffins. πŸ™‚

    August 27, 2015
    • Yes a heavy hand for sure, I see your scones and wanted them to look just like them and now I know it was me over working the dough. You do have a way with them, muffins really??? I thought I remembered seeing some nice muffins on your site, am I wrong.

      August 27, 2015
      • Ah, the illusive muffin. The last lot I posted were better as I’d looked at a couple of your recipes. Right now I don’t remember what I might’ve been doing wrong. I guess I’ll start baking more with autumn fast approaching.

        August 29, 2015
      • The real test for me is when I make these biscuits a second time. Sometimes I make a recipe and it’s great and the second time not so much. If they are just as good as the first I know I have a keeper. You hold yourself to very high standards Johnny, your muffins look great to me.

        August 29, 2015
  20. Send one this way please!!!!

    August 28, 2015
  21. wow! This looks perfect!!! Please send over some for breakfast:)

    August 28, 2015
  22. That is the best looking biscuit I’ve ever seen Suzanne, really! I’m so hungry right now and feel like I could down about 5 biscuits at this very moment, haha. Looks amazing!

    August 28, 2015
    • Thanks so much Brandi. I am so happy to have finally found a good biscuit recipe.

      August 28, 2015
  23. Wow Suzanne, your biscuits look perfect! Im sure your guests had an awesome breakfast!

    August 29, 2015
    • Thanks Viviana, they remind me of what comes out of your oven, always perfect. Hope the second batch is as good. The guests did have a nice breakfast and I was so relieved that they came out so well.

      August 29, 2015
  24. This looks like the perfect biscuit–I love how flaky it is and how well it rose!

    August 29, 2015
    • The biscuit was pillowy soft and so light and tender. I was amazed just how good it is. Thanks Nancy.

      August 29, 2015
  25. Wow! This biscuit looks perfect. Thanks for sharing the link πŸ™‚

    August 29, 2015
  26. It is a beauty Suzanne! I’m so glad you posted this. I am also biscuit challenged and I feel like the addition of someone’s Southern great grandmother’s recipe (via you) is the perfect place to rectify that challenge. I’m printing this out. xx

    August 29, 2015
    • I have been biscuit challenged for decades. My biscuits were legendary and not in a good way. Let me know how the recipe works for you. I am making again this weekend. For me the proof is in the second time around.

      August 29, 2015
  27. That’s a good looking biscuit!

    August 29, 2015
  28. Yum, I love big fluffy biscuits! That is so cool that you do Air BNB πŸ™‚

    August 29, 2015
  29. What a beautiful muffin, I’m sure your guests were well pleased Suzanne. When we travel we usually are in favor of renting full condos/townhomes etc. as I like to cook and try the fresh local produce. So on our last trip to Toronto, I used Airbnb for the very first time, and it turned out to be quite a bad experience. I know I shouldn’t base it on that, but wow, great to know that you too are an Airbnb host. I’ll tuck that away in my memory for the next time we visit our girls in NYC. Whereabouts are you? :))

    August 30, 2015
    • Hi Loretta, thank you so much. I have heard some Air BNB horror stories and hope my luck continues because so far I have had only the nicest people stay with me. I am in Brooklyn, Clinton Hill. Only a few stops on the train into Manhattan and if you like a long walk you can actually walk there.

      August 30, 2015
      • Wow great Suzanne, both my girls live in Brooklyn too, now I know Brooklyn is huge, one daughter lives in Williamsburg and the other is about to move. Do you have a website? Would love to check it out.

        August 30, 2015
      • I am very close to Williamsburg. I will email the link to my site so you can take a look. Brooklyn is huge. I am in the historic district, homes well over 100 years old it’s lovely here.

        August 30, 2015
      • It sounds gorgeous Suzanne, looking forward to the email. I hope you have mine?

        August 30, 2015
      • It usually is included in The comment if I don’t will let you know.

        Sent from my iPhone

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        August 30, 2015
      • Just sent you a link.

        August 30, 2015
  30. That is definitely an epic biscuit! I’ve never been a huge biscuit fan but that’s because they’re typically so dry. Yours looks wonderful!

    August 30, 2015
    • Thanks Mimi, yes that biscuit was great and the recipe I think is a keeper.

      August 30, 2015
  31. They look AMAZING Suzanne! Yum! I love air BnB, Aaron and I have stayed with hosts all over the world and now I know you’re a host, we would definitely stay at yours in the USA (for both the biscuits and the company, mostly for the company!). Glad you finally found a reliable biscuit recipe. I definitely need to try these! Xx

    August 30, 2015
    • I would so love to meet you and if you come to NYC I would be so happy to have you stay with me. Thanks so much.

      August 31, 2015
  32. Yay, I’m so pleased for you Suzanne! I know what it’s like to have the elusive perfect scone/biscuit as a nemesis. πŸ˜‰ Happy to know you’ve found a recipe that works and produces the perfectly risen, fluffy biscuit!

    August 31, 2015
    • Biscuits/scones have been my nemesis as long as I can a remember, I finally feel like they have been conquered. Thanks Margot.

      September 2, 2015
  33. This really is a thing of beauty, Suzanne! I want to have a biscuit recipe that I can trust, so would love to try it. I appreciate your tips about not overworking the dough. I just love how high they rose. It sounds like a wonderful breakfast that you provided. How fun that you do Air B&B. We have friends in CA that also participate in that, and it has worked out very well for them.

    September 1, 2015
    • Give a try, it’s really good. Follow the directions exactly and it won’t fail. Did it twice now with stellar results. I have a couple from California that are return guests. They are also hosts there and do a lot of travelling. It is fun and I have met such nice people. Thanks so much Shari.

      September 2, 2015
  34. This made my mouth water!

    September 1, 2015
  35. I never doubt any of your recipes. If you post it, I know it is good. πŸ™‚

    September 2, 2015
  36. You are too kind and I would say the same of you.

    September 2, 2015
  37. The biscuits look so yummy!!

    September 3, 2015
  38. You are a air B&B Suzanne??!! How cool! And you conquered the biscuit!! It looks so super super flakey– just perfect. I’m wishing I could have one on my place tomorrow morning!!

    September 4, 2015
    • Yes it’s fun and I am meeting such nice people from all over the world.

      September 4, 2015
      • That is awesome– How often do you have guests? Do you always feed them? You should do a post on this– I’d love to hear all the details!

        September 5, 2015
  39. Yummm

    September 23, 2015

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