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Chef John's Buttermilk Biscuits

Chef John's Buttermilk Biscuits

  • Prep

    20 m
  • Cook

    15 m
  • Ready In

    35 m
Chef John

Chef John

This deceptively simple recipe can come out a million different ways with some very minor variations on the ingredients and amounts. This one's my favorite - flaky, but not dry; chewy, but not tough; crisp in just the right spots.

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  • Calories:
  • 143 kcal
  • 7%
  • Fat:
  • 7.1 g
  • 11%
  • Carbs:
  • 17g
  • 5%
  • Protein:
  • 2.8 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 19 mg
  • 6%
  • Sodium:
  • 321 mg
  • 13%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  3. Whisk flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda together in a large bowl.
  4. Cut butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs, about 5 minutes.
  5. Make a well in the center of butter and flour mixture. Pour in 3/4 cup buttermilk; stir until just combined.
  6. Turn dough onto a floured work surface, pat together into a rectangle.
  7. Fold the rectangle in thirds. Turn dough a half turn, gather any crumbs, and flatten back into a rectangle. Repeat twice more, folding and pressing dough a total of three times.
  8. Roll dough on a floured surface to about 1/2 inch thick.
  9. Cut out 12 biscuits using a 2 1/2-inch round biscuit cutter.
  10. Transfer biscuits to the prepared baking sheet. Press an indent into the top of each biscuit with your thumb.
  11. Brush the tops of biscuits with 2 tablespoons buttermilk.
  12. Bake in the preheated oven until browned, about 15 minutes.
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blueplate
169

blueplate

4/18/2012

This is a great recipe! I did not change any of the ingredients, but in the directions I put the flour and ice cold butter into a foodprocessor and blized it together for about 30 seconds- (Much easier than cutting it in) Then I continued as directed. The biscuts still came out light and flaky.

Jillian
133

Jillian

4/23/2012

OMG! These biscuits are incredible! They're so "deceptively" easy to make and they come out light, moist, and fluffy. Plus they rise nice and high -what more could you want from a buttermilk biscuit! I baked these on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and brushed the tops with melted butter during the last five minutes of baking...WOW what a great biscuit!

Cathy
86

Cathy

11/30/2012

I use a "vegetable peeler" to grate an entire stick of butter. It works great! So quick and so much easier! Toss those long thin flakes of butter with the dry ingredients to keep them from sticking back together. The best buttermilk biscuits I've made since I began my quest for the perfect biscuit. I love the folding technique that left the biscuits with the perfect consistency not to mention flaky. Delicious!

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