These do-it-yourself buttermilk biscuits are gentle and buttery with tons of of flaky layers. This biscuit recipe solely requires 6 easy components and so they’re prepared in about 35 minutes. I initially revealed this recipe in 2017, and it’s been a constant reader (& private!) favourite since.

One reader, Marcia, commented: “Lastly, a biscuit recipe that labored for me. I particularly appreciated the notes which, actually, had me change some issues I had been doing. The element in any respect ranges, each visible and written, may be very useful. ★★★★★

One other reader, Maggie, commented: “One among my favourite biscuit recipes! They’re so constantly flaky and scrumptious, each single time! ★★★★★

stack of homemade biscuits

Biscuits. Let’s do it BIG. Huge as in mega flaky, mega fluffy, mega layers, mega golden brown, and mega buttery. It’s fairly serendipitous that this “facet dish” might style much more exceptional than the principle occasion. No, no… it WILL style extra exceptional. Simply have a look at these buttery layers! Nothing can compete.

What are Biscuits?

The time period “biscuits” has completely different meanings relying the place you reside on this planet. Within the U.S., biscuits are just like a dinner roll, however are denser and flakier as a result of they aren’t (usually) made with yeast. Since there’s often no yeast concerned and the rising agent is both baking soda, baking powder, or each—biscuits are thought-about a fast bread, like banana bread and no yeast bread. In different components of the world, “biscuits” are extra like cookies or scones.

stack of 3 homemade biscuits

6 Key Elements in Buttermilk Biscuits

You want simply 6 primary components for my do-it-yourself biscuits recipe:

  1. All-purpose Flour
  2. Baking Powder
  3. Salt
  4. Chilly Butter
  5. Chilly Buttermilk
  6. Honey

With so few components, it’s essential to succeed in for high quality components and keep away from any substitutions. Discover the emphasis on chilly? See tip #1 beneath.

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Success Ideas for the Greatest Do-it-yourself Biscuits

Let me share what I’ve discovered on this planet of do-it-yourself buttermilk biscuit recipes. I’ve made loads of errors so that you don’t should. These tried-and-true methods will flip your flat, dry biscuits into one of the best biscuits ever. And that’s a assure.

  1. Chilly Fats: For flaky layers and pockets, use chilly butter. When little items of butter soften because the biscuits bake, they launch steam and create little pockets of air–this makes the biscuits ethereal and flaky on the within whereas remaining crisp on the skin. It’s the identical factor that occurs when making these ham & cheese scones.
  2. Buttermilk & Honey for Taste: Actual buttermilk and teeny drizzle of honey stability out the salt. Buttermilk creates probably the most tender biscuit!
  3. Don’t Over Combine: By no means overwork biscuit dough. Overworking and over-handling biscuit dough will end in powerful, arduous, and flat biscuits. Combine the components collectively *simply* till mixed. Dough might be crumbly; that’s regular.
  4. Flatten & Fold Technique: Crucial step of all is folding the dough collectively. Flip the scrappy dough out onto a piece floor and flatten it together with your arms. Kind right into a rectangle. Extra beneath.
  5. Don’t Twist the Biscuit Cutter: When slicing the dough with a biscuit cutter, don’t twist the cutter. Press the cutter down into the dough firmly. Twisting it is going to seal off the biscuit edges, stopping the biscuits from rising.
  6. Bake Shut Collectively: Biscuits stand up good and tall when they’re touching, pressed snuggly in opposition to each other within the oven.

Learn how to Fold Biscuit Dough

Flattening and folding biscuit dough creates a number of flaky layers, simply because it does after we make do-it-yourself croissants, tough puff pastry, mille-feuille, and croissant bread. This step will take you not more than 2 minutes and also you’ll be rewarded with the flakiest biscuits on this planet. First, form dough right into a rectangle:

biscuit dough shaped into a rectangle

Then fold one facet into the middle:

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Then the opposite facet:

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Flip the folded dough horizontal, gently flatten, and start that folding course of 2 extra occasions.

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The dough needs to be about 3/4 inch thick and the biscuits will rise as they bake.

Honey Butter Topping

The honey butter topping is optionally available, however it is going to set your biscuits aside from the remainder. When the biscuits come out of the oven, brush with a mixture of melted butter + honey. You utilize each components within the biscuit dough, holding the rely at 6 components complete.

Serve your do-it-yourself biscuits with jam or do-it-yourself raspberry sauce, or biscuits and gravy—I really like this explicit recipe!

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Biscuit Variations

I bake biscuits typically, and use the identical course of and success suggestions when making all of my favourite variations together with cheddar biscuits and every thing bagel biscuits. I additionally make biscuit-topped vegetable pot pie and biscuit Breakfast casserole. And you may completely flip these into dessert with my recipes for biscuit-topped berry cobbler and do-it-yourself strawberry shortcake!

What makes one of the best biscuits?

I make these biscuits on nearly a weekly foundation, and what makes them a success each single time, is the mixture of very chilly butter and buttermilk. Additionally, remember to use the quantity of baking powder within the recipe beneath, or strive the baking powder and baking soda mixture I clarify within the recipe Be aware.

How do I get crispy biscuit edges?

Bake the biscuits in a cast iron skillet, which helps the sides crisp up superbly. Moreover, use a pastry brush to coat the tops of the biscuits with slightly buttermilk earlier than baking.

Do I want to make use of a meals processor to make biscuits?

You should use a meals processor to chop the chilly butter into the dry components, but when you don’t personal one, you need to use a pastry cutter as a substitute. A pastry cutter is a particularly useful baking device!

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In case you take pleasure in biscuits, strive do-it-yourself ham & cheese scones and/or my simple no yeast cinnamon rolls.