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Bittman’s Buttermilk Biscuits

Hello friends!

It’s a miracle; it reached over 40 degrees yesterday!

(shocks, gasps filled with wonder and awe)

Apparently it’s supposed to stay this way for the rest of the week. But I’ll believe that when I see it.

The snow better disappear right before my very eyes!

Or else. 

Though it may be warmer today, I cooked up a storm last weekend during the millionth installment of the Snowpocalypse and have these lovely buttermilk biscuits to share with you!

Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits (recipe) - On Sugar Mountain

Can I tell you I’ve been incredibly intimidated by biscuits?

Seriously: these are the first biscuits I’ve ever made from scratch. I always imagined that classic, Southern biscuits would be a challenge, something akin to frying your own doughnuts or making French macarons.

Turns out, biscuits are incredibly simple to make and then eat in one fell swoop.

I found this recipe in Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything, which has been my main go-to for learning new cooking skills. The only problem I had with the recipe is that it only made 8 biscuits…

Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits (recipe) - On Sugar Mountain

Eight biscuits are so not enough for a growing girl like myself. Eight biscuits are not enough for anyone

I need ALL the biscuits available: you can’t just show me how easy it is to bake up tender, flaky biscuits and expect me to be content with less than a dozen.

So that was my biscuit rant for the day. I hope you enjoyed it. ;)

Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits (recipe) - On Sugar Mountain

I could rant to you about a multitude of other items on my list, such as the lack of good fried chicken in NJ or my sudden inability to find cinnamon chips anywhere, but I think I’ll keep this post short and sweet today and let you enjoy the somewhat warmer weather we are having here in the Northeast.

I’ll be back on Friday with a to-die-for soup that goes splendidly with these biscuits, so be sure to check back first thing in the morning!

Happy Baking!


Classic Buttermilk Biscuits

Source: Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5 tbsp cold butter, cut into chunks
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp buttermilk
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. 
  2. Using either a pastry cutter, two knives, or your fingers, cut butter into flour mixture until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Pour in buttermilk and stir until a rough dough comes together and turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface.
  3. Gently knead dough 3 or 4 times (just so the dough is less shaggy) and pat out to 3/4 inch thickness. Cut into squares (or use a biscuit cutter for round biscuits) and place on an ungreased baking sheet.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. 

Yields 6-8 biscuits

11 Responses to “Bittman’s Buttermilk Biscuits”
  1. SandyN says:

    Thank you – a recipe for biscuits / scones that makes enough for 2! More please! :-)

  2. I’ve always been intimidated by them too! I really want to try them though. These look like great ones! Pinned.
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  3. I have always wanted to make homemade biscuits, but never have. These look so good, Jess! Nice and crisp on the outside. Maybe I’ll have to give them a go soon. :)
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  4. miss messy says:

    These look absolutely perfect :)
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  5. Biscuits will always be one of my favorite comfort foods. These sound great!

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  6. Ramona says:

    I made my first batch of biscuits in my life…but they were not flaky like these! I want to try these next. :) I can just imagine biting into one of these. :)
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  7. These biscuits are calling my name, I need them in my life! They look so fluffy and delicious!

  8. I want these biscuits in my life because they look so like the perfect siding :D

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