Quick and Super Easy Buttermilk Biscuits

buttermilk biscuits  ready to bake

I would imagine that most of you think just because I like to cook and it is usually from scratch that I love spending time in the kitchen. Well, on one part you’re right and then on another you’re wrong. How can that be you ask? Well, I enjoy cooking and happen to like doing it in my kitchen, but would rather be spending the majority of my time doing something else; like sewing, reading a really good book, or using the computer (duh!). I enjoy cooking because I like to eat. I cook because I can create anything I want to eat at almost any given moment granted I’ve got the ingredients on hand. There is nothing that ruins a craving more than collecting all of the ingredients for a recipe and finding out that I’m missing one, just one ingredient for making that delicious dish or that sugar filled dessert that is going to “fix” me until my next craving.

Darling D has wanted homemade biscuits for a while now. For the past few months, I have been cooking what is familiar to me, which means I have been making and we have been eating a lot (a whole lot) of the same things for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I haven’t tried any new recipes. Whenever I think about making something new, I have opted for making something I know well. It is quick and easy and less time in the kitchen.

Well, Sunday morning, less than two hours before church, I decided to break out of my cooking rut and make something new. It also didn’t help that I was sleep deprived from having gone to bed late (or early in the morning) and from missing my one hour taken by Daylight Saving’s time. I think I look for ways to be late.

I started searching online when I should have been getting the children ready for church and found this recipe which looked quick and easy because I didn’t have much time. After scanning the ingredients, I was certain I had everything on hand. Time was a wastin’.

buttermilk biscuits adding flour

Grab a medium mixing bowl and add the flour.

buttermilk biscuits adding sugar

Add the sugar.

buttermilk biscuits adding baking powder

Add some baking powder. I’m still trying to get the difference between baking powder and baking soda. So far, I am seeing that the powder makes things fluffy and rise really, really high.

adding baking soda for buttermilk biscuits

Add the baking soda. I used to like to eat baking soda, you know before gargling with it, when I had a sore throat. In case you’ve never done it before, it tastes the way it looks; pasty and stiff.

adding cream of tartar for buttermilk biscuits

Then, you add the cream of tartar, which is pronounced “ta ta.” Well not really, but I just like to say it like that. You know, I never used cream of tartar until I made play dough. Now, I keep a lot of it on hand for play dough and all of the other recipes it keeps showing up in.

stacked butter for buttermilk biscuits

Where I found the time to cut and lay out these butter pieces in the hurry I was to finish, feed the kids, get dressed, and rush out of the door door, I just don’t know. Doesn’t it look cool though? The domino affect going on.

adding butter chunks for buttermilk biscuits

I just toss the butter in. If it sticks together, which it will probably do, don’t worry about it.

cold butter for buttermilk biscuits

Cutting makes it break down more quickly than if you would have tossed in the whole stick.

adding buttermilk for buttermilk biscuits

Since these are buttermilk biscuits, that is how I made them the first time around. I have already made a few batches since Sunday and I make one using buttermilk and the other using soy. River said the soy were, “soy delicious.” Hey, I can do that because it’s my blog!

buttermilk biscuits dough

After everything mixes up really well, your dough will probably look a little like this. It looks a little sticky, a little gooey, but we can change that.

buttermilk biscuits dough

Just a few rolls around the cutting board makes that sticky look go away. In case you didn’t notice, be sure to flour your work surface before putting the dough on it, otherwise, it won’t look like this, but instead just like the previous picture.

rolling out dough for buttermilk biscuits

You can use a rolling pin to roll out the dough or I actually used my hands to flatten it out when I made a smaller batch.

buttermilk biscuits dough

I wanted to get at least one dozen biscuits so I rolled the dough out enough to be sure that happened. I actually ended up with 16 biscuits and each one was gone before the end of the day.

cutting buttermilk biscuits

Drinking glass, not just for drinking anymore. It works well as a baking tool too.

making buttermilk biscuits

This dough was rolled out sort of thin. If you want thicker biscuits, then don’t roll the dough out so flat. These were about average sized biscuits.

making buttermilk biscuits

I just pulled the excess dough from around my circles and they are ready to place on my baking sheet.

making buttermilk biscuits

They scoop so easily onto the spatula. The perfect circle I cut is the perfect circle I will bake.

buttermilk biscuits ready to bake

Parchment paper or not. Sometimes I use foil and sometimes I use parchment paper and other times I think about all of the waste of both and opt for nothing. Sure it makes a little more cleaning when the spray sticks to the pan, but since this is a one time baking deal (not like baking cookies), I prefer my baking pan to go naked.

If you want your biscuits to be soft around the edges, then place them close to each other. Do you remember the biscuits in the can that you hit against the counter edge? Yes, I use to make those (not anymore) and they baked and came out so soft when placed in the baking pan close together. If you prefer a more crunchy biscuit, then allow more space between each biscuit.

easy buttermilk biscuits

If you just want a hot and delicious buttermilk biscuit, then hurry and pop them in the oven because they are just minutes away.

buttering buttermilk biscuits

Butter on the inside, butter on the top, butter all over…it is all good. I sure did wish I had some jelly or honey. Yes, our house has neither. I’ve got to run to the store. Despite that, they were yummy delicious even after they cooled down.

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 cup butter
1 cup buttermilk

How You Do It:
1. Pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees.
2. Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and cream of tartar in a medium bowl and sift well.
3. Slice the butter into cubes and cut into the dry ingredients using a fork or mixer.
4. Add the buttermilk and mix well until the ingredients become like a dough.
5. Flour your work surface and place your biscuit dough on it.
6. If needed, roll the dough in the flour so it isn’t sticky and is easy to handle.
7. Roll the dough out using a rolling pin and cut it into rounds or you can manually shape your biscuits by hand.
8. Place the cut rounds on a baking pan and bake for about ten minutes. You may want to cook them longer, but by this time, they were brown enough for me.
9. Slather, lather, dunk in your desired condiment, eat, and enjoy.

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3 Responses to “Quick and Super Easy Buttermilk Biscuits”

  • Oh yummy! Those buttermilk biscuits look amazing! I so wish we were close to TN right now so that we could come over and have you show us how you work your magic in the kitchen! =) Hope all is well for you and your family. <3

  • Comment from Rana

    Those look delicious. We will have to add these to the recipe box. Thanks for sharing.

  • Comment from Keya

    I will be trying it next weekend.


    I hope you like them. They also go well w/dinner.

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