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Easy Homemade Biscuits

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Fluffy, flaky, soft, easy homemade biscuits are a breakfast favorite.

They are delicious with butter, and jam, honey butter, sausage gravy or stuffed with ham.

Stacked up homemade biscuits in an iron pan
Homemade biscuits

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Biscuit Ingredients

Baking biscuits from scratch is easy. You probably have the ingredients in your pantry.

biscuit ingredients on a counter
ingredients
  • Self-rising flour – Using self-rising flour is the easiest way to make biscuit dough since it contains leavening agents and salt.
  • Shortening – Adds fat and a neutral flavor; however, you can choose butter-flavored shortening.
  • Milk – Whole milk is preferred; it adds moisture and richness to the dough.
  • Vegetable oil – Used to grease the baking pan.
  • Buttermilk – Brushed over the biscuits before baking encourages golden brown edges while baking.

Tips for Making Biscuits

  • Do not overwork the dough.
  • Patting out and folding over the dough by hand a few times will encourage flaky layers.
  • Cut the dough without twisting the biscuit cutter since that seals the sides of the dough, hindering the rising process.
  • Do not use a rolling pin or mixer for this recipe.

How to Make Homemade Biscuits

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Place a piece of parchment paper or silicone baking liner on your baking sheet.

Flour, shortening and knives on a counter
Flour and shortening

* Add the flour to a medium bowl and blend in the shortening using two knives or your fingers.

Blending the shortening into the self-rising flour
Blending in the shortening

Next, make a bowl in the flour mixture and add 1/3 cup of milk. Use a wooden spoon or spatula mix until a ragged dough forms.

Pouring milk into the flour
ragged biscuit dough in a bowl
biscuit dough

Turn out the dough on a surface dusted with flour.

Using your hands, gently form the dough into a rectangle.

Fold the rectangle of dough into thirds and pat it out with your hands to form a rectangle that is ¾ thick. Repeat the process two more times.

Using a biscuit cutter to cut biscuits

Dip your biscuit cutter in flour. Then, cut out the biscuits without twisting the biscuit cutter.

Place biscuits on a prepared cooking sheet.

brushing the biscuits with buttermilk before baking

Brush the biscuits with buttermilk before baking.

Place sheet pan in a preheated oven for 10 minutes.

Homemade biscuits baked golden and flaky
Homemade biscuits
Homemade biscuits baked golden and flaky

Homemade Biscuits

5 from 2 votes
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Course: bread, Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: biscuit recipe, homemade biscuits
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 232kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • ½ cup shortening
  • cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Place a piece of parchment paper or silicone baking liner on your baking sheet.
  • * Add the flour to a medium bowl and blend in the shortening using two knives or your fingers.
  • Next, make a bowl in the flour
    mixture and add 1/3 cup of milk. Mix using a wooden spoon or spatula until a ragged dough forms.
  • Turn out the dough on a surface dusted with flour.
  • Using your hands, gently form the dough into a rectangle.
  • Fold the rectangle of dough into thirds and pat it out with your hands to form a rectangle that is ¾ thick. Repeat the process two more times.
  • Dip your biscuit cutter in flour. Then, cut out the biscuits without twisting the biscuit cutter.
  • *Place biscuits on a prepared cooking sheet.
  • Brush the biscuits with buttermilk before baking.
  • Place sheet pan in a preheated oven for 10 minutes.

Notes

* Use self-rising flour to dust your work surface.
*Place a piece of parchment paper or silicone baking liner on your baking sheet.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 53mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 28IU | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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Barbara at Mantel and Table

Monday 10th of June 2024

OMG!! Is it snack time yet?!? These look fabulous! Thanks for the amazing recipe (and mouth-watering pictures!)

Deborah Pickert

Monday 3rd of June 2024

love this

Deborah Pickert

Monday 3rd of June 2024

This recipe was the best husband absolutely loved these.

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