Hello Lovely! James had to be out of town for his new job this week so in celebration of him coming back last night I prepped for one of our favorite breakfast treats… Biscuits. Is there anything more comforting for those of us that grew up in the south than a homemade biscuit? I honestly think here is no other southern food that is as iconic as this one. Its one of those foods that brings back memories for so many people.
My mother always told us growing up about her grandmother making the most wonderful flakey biscuits in huge batches every morning so they would have enough to go with each meal. Her grandmother made them of course not by a recipe but by memory, eye balling the measurements and adding milk as needed. I heard this story so many times immediately followed by my mother saying how badly she wished she had that actual recipe. Needless to say regardless of how good of a cook as my mother always has been our biscuits usually came from a can. Even having never tasted my great grandmother’s biscuits, I longed for them.. As a adult living far from family, I decided I needed to perfect my own recipe for homemade biscuits. It is my true pleasure to share one of my favorite recipes with you here, I hope it brings up as many warm and fuzzy memories when you smell them in the oven as it does for me.
Makes about 12 biscuits
1/2 Cup frozen butter
2 1/4 Cup self rising flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/4 Cup cold buttermilk
2 Tbsp. melted butter
Directions: Add flour to bowl and mix in baking soda, grate butter (large grater) over flour/ baking soda mixture. Cool in fridge at least 10 minutes (or overnight). When your ready to bake, preheat the oven to 450 F. Pull out cooled dry mixture, add buttermilk and lightly mix until just combined. Lay out on a floured surface, add flour as needed. Form a triangle 1 inch thick fold ends into center, then back into triangle (do this 3 times total). Then cut 1 1/2 round biscuits (1 inch thick). Place in buttered dish barely touching (I like to use a iron skillet), bake 14-16 minutes. Add melter butter on top. Serve.
Enjoy with a good amount of butter and jam slathered on top!