My Favourite Buttermilk Biscuits

13 Mar

I got a DSLR camera for my birthday in December.  I love it. I don’t know how to use it, but I love it.  I want to take amazing pictures of my kids, but they move around a lot, so I’m practicing on food.

That’s not the whole truth.  I’ve had this lifelong dream of being a food blogger….well, not that long, since food blogging is a recent phenomenon, but I really think it would be cool to be a food blogger.  Like Mel, or Joy.

Not gonna happen anytime soon for me though, if ever. I can barely get dinner on the table, let alone snap fancy pictures of what we’re going to eat.  I did it tonight though!  Just for you.  I had to banish my kids to the basement, but I took some pictures of my most favourite tea biscuits.  I love these things.  They’re super easy, incredibly versatile and they don’t take long at all.  I even use these as the base for cinnamon buns.

I found the recipe in an old Robin Hood cookbook.  I’m pretty sure it was this one. Here she is!  Enjoy.

Don’t be too critical of my pictures.  They’re some of my firsts!

Buttermilk Biscuits


  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup shortening or butter (I use butter)
  • 1 cup buttermilk


Combine flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a mixing bowl.  Using two knives, a pastry blender or your fingers, cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Add buttermilk all at once to dry ingredients and stir with a fork until a soft dough forms.  Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently eight to 10 times.  Roll or pat to ¾ – inch thickness.  Cut with a round cutter.  Place on ungreased baking sheet.

Bake in a 425 degrees F oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until light golden.  Serve warm.


  • Brush tops with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar for a finishing touch.
  • Stir in about 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese for a savory biscuit.
  • Add 2 tbsp sugar to the dough for a sweet biscuit that you can use a base for shortcake.

8 Responses to “My Favourite Buttermilk Biscuits”

  1. March 13, 2012 at 10:09 AM #

    Stace, these look perfect. Thanks:)

  2. majay13 March 13, 2012 at 10:43 AM #

    Maybe if we can’t be actually legit food bloggers or photographers, or knitters, or whatever else we wish we did really well on a regular basis, we can do some of those things once in a while and just keep making attempts- even if we never get really great at all of them, maybe we’ll become better at a few..

  3. Julian March 13, 2012 at 12:46 PM #

    True, Maja. Doing things that you love because you love them is the true definition of amateur. 🙂

    As for the biscuits… I can testify that they are awesome. I think my mouth is actually watering as I think about them. I wonder if we still have any leftovers somewhere around here…?

  4. Susan Mancini March 13, 2012 at 1:28 PM #

    Way to go Stacey!! The pictures are great and so are the biscuits! You made them once when I was at your house!

  5. surprizedbyjoy March 13, 2012 at 9:18 PM #

    Great pics and great food. I don’t actually think I have tried these before, but
    I trust that whatever you make is delicious!


  6. Dianne Colwil May 22, 2012 at 9:30 PM #

    I’ve made a lot of biscuits over the years and hands down my girls and I think your recipe is the best!! Thanks!

    • Julian Freeman May 22, 2012 at 9:38 PM #

      I agree, Dianne! These are a family favourite, for sure! 🙂


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