Every time I make biscuits from scratch, they never rise! They’r flat, tasteless and honestly… a lot like hockey pucks! I’m not sure if it’s because I didn’t have the right recipe, if I didn’t cut the butter into he flour enough or maybe I overworked the dough.
Regardless… I failed each time I made them. My family still ate it… but in the back of my head, it was a failure. Until today.
Betsie Morris Gibson, one of my loyal and super sweet readers of JavaCupcake shared with me her Grandma Love’s recipe for biscuits! Betsie said her Grandma Love adapted this recipe from the back of the Clabber Girl Baking Powder container back in the 1950′s. So… this recipe is tried, true and I could definitely count on it work!
Now… if only I don’t screw it up!
I started with farm fresh butter and buttermilk from a local farm here in Germany. My great friend, Margot, hooked me up with it… she’s got an “in” with a farmer. I have never had such fresh ingredients before. It’s amazing to think that 100 years ago…. 75 years ago… heck even 50 years ago… this is how everyone was baking and cooking. Fresh, local ingredients.
I also recently bought a pastry cutter and used it to work the butter instead of using my fingers or a fork and knife. This made a HUGE difference in the amount of time it took to create that “coarse meal” texture you need for this biscuits.
The biggest thing I did, made sure not to overwork the dough. I really only turned it 4 times out on my floured counter and gently patted it to 3/4 inch height. Before, I rolled it out and I think rolled it too thin. Not this time! Pat pat pat and thick thick thick!
Thanks Betsie and Margot for the tools to FINALLY make the most perfect, fluffy and flaky buttermilk biscuits! This is definitely going to be my go-to recipe!
If you’re interested in the recipe for the super delicious jam I topped the biscuits with, you can find that strawberry freezer jam recipe here!
Oh, and my husband (he’s in Afghanistan) saw a picture and requested these biscuits with chipped beef and gravy when he returns! I can so do that!!!
Here are a few of the items that are similar to what I used…