Homemade Southern Biscuits

Biscuits are a staple of southern cooking. They are quick and easy to make.
Here, I’ll show you.

Gather up:
2 cups all purpose flour
3 teaspoons *baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 to 1/2 cup shortening (you can substitute lard or butter)
7/8 cup milk (1 cup less 2 tablespoons)

(for weights and measures equivalents in the UK and Australia, check here)

Oven at 450 degrees F (230 C, or gas mark 8 in the UK).

Sift together dry ingredients. Cut or rub shortening into flour mixture until particles are as fine as coarse crumbs.

Add milk and stir in with a fork.

Turn dough out on a lightly floured board and kneed just until smooth.

Roll dough out about 1/2 inch thick and cut with a floured cutter. You could skip this part and just make rounded patties with floured hands or spoon out big drops on the pan.

Place on lightly greased baking sheet. You can brush with melted butter if desired.

Makes about 8 biscuits. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, et voila!

Most people cut them in half and spread butter, jam, or honey in the middle.

Here are some variations:

You can add 1 tablespoon of sugar to dry ingredients.

For buttermilk biscuits:
Cut baking powder to 2 teaspoons and add 1/4 teaspoon baking soda. Replace 7/8 cup milk with 1 cup buttermilk. Follow recipe above.

Popeye’s biscuits:
Change out the ingredients to these and follow recipe above.
4 cups Pioneer biscuit mix (just double up the dry ingreds and shortening if you don’t have biscuit mix)
8 ounces sour cream
3/4 cup club soda
1 teaspoon melted butter to brush tops.

*If you don’t have baking powder, you can make it. Just add 2 parts cream of tartar to 1 part baking soda.


57 thoughts on “Homemade Southern Biscuits

  1. Okay, Miss Kitty, you know my address, it doesn’t have to be a very big packet. Just make sure you make them the day before you post them so when I get them they are the closest to fresh. Aw you’re so sweet!

  2. Michele, I missed your comment. You can make these, it’s really easy.

    Sophia, you too. If you want some biscuits made by me you gotta come here and get them, girl. Or I can make some when I go on my big fat Greek trip.

  3. Sulya, these are the best dishes ever. They are glass, actually, made by Arcopal of France.
    Not only are they pretty, but they are so lightweight I can carry a stack of ten plates with one hand. Makes unloading the dishwasher quick and easy.

    They only sold this pattern for a very short while, so when one of these breaks I have to find some more on Ebay. I’ve never gotten tired of this pattern, don’t think I ever will.

    Hey, btw, I’ll trade you some biscuits for some poutine.

  4. Okay then Max, fork over the lutefisk recipe. I know you got one.

    Hi Stil, years ago my mother-in-law gave it to me. She said she got it from a friend who got it from an employee at Popeye’s.
    I tried the recipe once and it is a ver wet dough for a biscuit, but it does taste a lot like the real deal.

  5. Recipe for lutefisk : Hang shark sized fish carcas in sun for three days. Soak in lye for three days. Hang in sun for three days. Soak in lye for three days. Repeat as necessary until minnow size. Soak in water till sardine size. Cover with white geletanous goo of choice and serve.

  6. I didn’t think you did. LOL.
    But hey, I got the recipe out of you.

    BTW Liv is from Norway and she refuses to eat any kind of fish. I wonder how she pulled that off?

  7. I got drunk at midnight and woke up hungover on my birthday. I needed these biscuits. : ) I had the best nap of my life today. LOL Biscuits look so YUM. I swear my best friend and my nanny have family feuds over grandma’s southern biscuits. I hear both sides of the story and it’s serious. LOL

  8. Okay Max, I had to go take a look at lutefisk on the internet. I don’t know now if I’d try it. There was a quote on there, something like, “Eating a little of it is like throwing up, just a little of it is just as bad as a lot of it.”

    Hey Jen, happy birthday! You deserve that post birthday nap. Hope you had some pleasant dreams.

  9. I did eat alligator but not while in Louisiana, I ate it in Texas. Tastes like fish.

    Stil, I’ve read that putting the fish in the lye takes out half of the protein.

  10. Yeah, I’ve seen lutefisk and it ain’t pretty.
    The reason I got out of eating fish was easy. It made me puke, so by the time I was 2 years old they figured it wasn’t a good idea. I think all that puking must have put the rest of the family off fish too. I can only remember seeing fish in the house 2 or 3 times, and that was fresh grilled makrell which looked so good I wish it didn’t make me puke. What we did eat often was whale meat. (it’s a mammal) Very lean and tasty. Reindeer was my favorite.

  11. I will. Just bought the lard stuff so I’m ready to go with it, but my stomack’s been bad lately so I haven’t eaten or made anything special. NOT EVEN CHOCOLATE!!!!! My head hurts too. I just feel shit. I guess it’ll pass in time.

  12. I’ll have some of that chocolate by proxy too, Max.

    Stil, when I try to write in your comment box on your blog, the box goes away and it takes me to your home page. I don’t know if this is a browser issue, but this started about 6 months ago, maybe longer. Also, the text on all your blog posts are underlined as if it is one big link. If I click anywhere on the text it reloads the page.
    Anyway, your new hairstyle is so cute and the highlights are perfect.

  13. Kitty and Max, I hope you’re enjoying eating my chocolate. Have some more. I was hoping to feel the chocolate fix by proxy, but it’s not working.
    Tomorrow my dinnerplans are to make that sticky chicken and biscuits for my boys. By the time we’ve eaten it we’ll all be speaking with a drawl and wanting to marry our cousins. (please don’t anybody take offence. I LOVE TEXAS!!! , just not my cousins)

  14. Oh I just heard this joke about this woman who was so southern she was related to herself. Now Kitty, just go out and lasso some of those prime beef cowboys and keep them lean, mean and hungry until I come to visit!!! Help, where’s my HRT, I’m burning up!!! Too early in the morning for all that excitement.

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