Homemade Biscuits from Scratch
One of the first things I said I wanted to do with this blog was encourage scratch made cooking. Things from days gone by like a family eating at a dinner table, disconnected, talking about their day, those things are slowly going by the wayside. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a good gadget. Things that make my life easier in the kitchen are wonderful. I probably have a slight obsession with my Instant Pot but it helps bring my family together in some way. By us breaking bread together, even on a busy weeknight. Biscuits are a staple in the south. They serve as a spoon, a lever, a plate cleaner, you name it! I see so many people afraid of making them from scratch and it really is so easy, not to mention, cheaper. Here is the basic recipe.
The technique is simple. Mix your Flour with the salt and sugar. I sift mine together using a whisk! Add the butter and cut in with a pastry cutter or two knives. Cut in the butter until it resembles small peas. I add in the buttermilk slowly just until the dough starts to form but is still kind of straggly, if that is even a word :). I turn out on a floured board or surface and press together into a ball. I roll it out in a rectangle and fold it in on itself. I repeat the rectangle and fold two more times. This technique is similar to making a pie crust. It makes the flaky layers we all love in the biscuit, without working the dough too much. The final roll, I roll to about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick and cut with a biscuit cutter. I take each biscuit and to form the pretty little dimples on the top, I pat the sides with my thumb and middle finger while gently patting the top with my pointer. It takes a little time but you will eventually get the hang of it. it creates a little dimply pillow of goodness!
After pinching all those little guys to perfect little dimpled clouds, I place in a lightly greased Cast Iron Skillet leaving a little space between each. Oh! I forgot to mention, The last bit of dough that is a little bigger than a regular biscuit, well, I press in the cutter to form and place him in the middle for the prize biscuit that is always reserved for The Hubs, it’s his “cat head biscuit” I cheat a little here and spray the tops with cooking spray and place in a preheated 425 degree oven for 20-25 minutes(depending on your oven) Cook until the tops are brown. Brush with melted butter if you’d like. O.M.G. that is biscuit heaven right there!
Now isn’t that a sight? I am telling you, once you make these you may never buy Whop biscuits again( whop, as in, Whop on the counter to get that doggone package open! ) However you use them, as a spoon, a lever or a vehicle for gravy, jelly or simply with butter; they become the perfect food accessory! Leave a comment if you try them and let us know how they turned out!
- 2 cups Self Rising Flour
- 1/4 cup cold, cubed Butter
- pinch of Sugar
- pinch of Salt
- 1 cup Buttermilk