Sunday Breakfast-Buttermilk Biscuits

August 21, 2009 at 1:05 am 2 comments

Buttermilk BiscuitsI love big breakfasts.  I guess it stems from the memories of the Sunday breakfasts my mother made for our family.  They were a tradition. I would wake up to the smell of bacon, and the sounds of her shuffling around in the kitchen and the back door slamming as my dad came in from feeding the livestock. This happened every Sunday. In my minds eye I can still see the table crammed with plates of bacon, sausage, potatoes, homemade jams and jellies, honey, butter and biscuits.  My mom would ask who wanted fried eggs and how we wanted them prepared; over easy, sunny side up or over hard, like she was a diner cook. By the time we finished eating we were lethargic and sleepy, which created the need for a Sunday nap.

Now that I am an adult and a mom I want to recreate these traditions and memories to pass on to my children.  In my attempt to do that I have tried to put my spin on this tradition by changing some of the recipes. My mom always used a mix to make her biscuits and while good they were lacking. I wanted a biscuit that was salty and buttery in flavor and tender and crispy in texture. So after some experimentation I have finally settled on a recipe that my family and I love.

Warning! If you are changing some recipes that have been traditional to the cook in your family don’t be surprised it they don’t look on it kindly.  My mom, although gracious, feels somewhat insulted that I would dare to deviate from her original recipe. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Buttermilk Biscuits

4 cups flour

1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon sugar

2 sticks refrigerated butter, cut into small chunks

2 cups buttermilk, plus 2 tablespoons for brushing

Preheat the oven to 375.  Whisk all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Blend in chunks of butter with pastry blender. (I like to use my fingers to squish the butter into smaller pieces.)  The mixture should look like coarse crumbs with some large pieces of butter.

Make a well in the dry mixture and pour in the buttermilk.  Use a rubber spatula to fold the dry mix into the buttermilk.  Continue to mix until the dough just comes together. Don’t over mix. The dough will be sticky.

Turn the dough out onto a pastry cloth or counter top dusted with flour.  Flour hands to keep them from sticking to the dough. Pat the dough into a round about 1 inch thick. Don’t over work the dough.  Use a 2-3 inch biscuit cutter to cut out biscuits. Repeat as necessary for more biscuits.

Place biscuits on baking sheet approximately 1 inch apart.  Brush the tops of biscuits with remaining buttermilk.  Bake in oven, rotating half way through baking time.  Bake until golden brown, 15-20 minutes.  Cool on wire rack.

Serve warm with butter, honey or favorite jam.  My favorite on biscuits is blackberry jam.

Helpful Tip:  Double the recipe and freeze the remaining raw, cut biscuits. Freeze them on a cookie sheet and then put the frozen biscuits in a plastic freezer bag. Before baking brush with buttermilk . Cook for 10-15 minutes longer than original cook time. Do not thaw before baking. Store up to 3 months.

Check the FromTheFarm blog over the next few days for more breakfast recipes.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sarah  |  August 31, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    We love big breakfasts as well, although I’ve only made bisquits for dinner meals. Thanks for sharing the make ahead tip!

  • 2. Janine  |  February 26, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    I’m looking forward to making these biscuits for my family. I’m sure they’ll be surprised to find themselves helping me make these instead of our usual pancakes or waffles!


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