October 14, 2011

Mama's Buttermilk Biscuits

Buttermilk biscuits are as prevelent in the South as our accents.  They are a 'must' at most Sunday dinners, and really at any other meal during the week.  If you are a regular viewer of my weekly menu plans, you will see buttermilk biscuits on every single one.  

It's like milk goes with cookies - but biscuits go with everything.  Mama's biscuits though can go just by themselves.

Now, my Mama's biscuits taste like none other.  They literally melt in your mouth.  I can finish off a whole pan of her biscuits.  Actually, I have.  And, when I say melt in your mouth - that is no joke.  My grandfather - PaPa Al (pronounced PawPaw) had his back teeth removed in the army.  He had to split every biscuit he ever ate in half to remove all the 'dough' with the one exception of Mama's biscuits.  

They are buttery, flaky, and the most magnificant thing you will ever have the pleasure of putting in your mouth.  

Mama's Buttermilk Biscuits

  • 2 cups self rising flour (Mama swears by White Lily)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening (like Crisco)
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • a little less than a half stick of butter
  • a pizza cutter (yes, that's right.  That's Mama's unique technique!)


Preheat your oven to 500 degrees.

Using your fingers, work the shortening in with the flour in a large bowl until the flour appears crumbly, about the size of little peas.  Stir in the buttermilk with a wooden spoon.

Lightly dust your countertop with a little flour.  

Now, here is when the pizza cutter comes in! Pat the dough down into a neat rectangle - no reason to do any kneading really. Using a pizza cutter, slice the biscuits into 8 or 10 squares.  Place the biscuits into a greased cast iron pan or if you don't have one, a round cake pan or casserole dish will do, with the sides of the biscuits just touching.

Melt 3 tablespoons of butter & pour that on top of the biscuits.  Bake for about 12 minutes, until lightly browned.

Melt a couple more tablespoons of butter & brush that on top of the freshly baked biscuits.

Eat them all at one sitting.  Bake another batch.  Repeat.

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