Basic Buttermilk Biscuits

Buttermilk Biscuits
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Anna Olson

Recipe

These are a simple, drop-style of biscuit that bakes up soft and delicate with an almost cake-like texture. They are ideal to serve alongside a bowl of soup or chili or in place of a roll at dinner.

Preparation 15 mins
Cooking 15 mins
Yield
18
Biscuits

Ingredients

  • 2 cups  | 300  g    all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp | 12 g    granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp | 9 g   baking  powder
  • ½ tsp  | 2 g   baking  soda
  • ¾ tsp  | 4 g    salt
  • 1 ¼ cups  | 310  mL   buttermilk
  • 1 | 1   egg
  • ¼ cup | 60 mL   vegetable oil

Steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Line two baking trays with parchment paper.
  2. In a large  bowl, sift the flour, sugar,  baking  powder, baking soda, and salt together.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the buttermilk, egg, and oil together. Add this to the flour mixture and stir just until blended.
  4. Use a medium ice cream scoop or two tablespoons to drop batter (about ¼ cup/60 mL each) onto  the prepared baking  trays, leaving 2 inches  (5 cm) between them.  Bake the biscuits  for about 15 minutes until they are a light golden brown and lift away from the parchment easily. Serve the biscuits  warm from the oven, or reheated at 300°F (150°C) for 10 minutes. The biscuits  are best enjoyed the day they are baked.

Tips

  • There are times when substituting buttermilk with regular milk (adding a splash of lemon juice) will work just fine, but in a simple recipe like this, where the buttermilk is a key ingredient, it’s best to stick with the real deal.
  • After you’ve made this recipe, any leftover buttermilk has other delicious uses. It can make the base for a fantastic (and low-fat) Caesar or ranch dressing, can be blended into fruit smoothies, or can make a fantastic marinade for chicken, even tandoori chicken, in place of yogurt.
  • Unused buttermilk also freezes well, for up to 3 months. Once thawed, give it a good shake (it will have separated) and use it as needed.