Classic Buttermilk Biscuits


This piping hot, flaky biscuit recipe can be ready in less than 30 minutes. Store the homemade baking powder in a sealed container for the next time you're in the mood for quick bread.

Classic Buttermilk Biscuits
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
10 mins
Bake Time:
8 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
12 to 16 biscuits


  • 5 cup sifted unbleached all-purpose flour (measured after sifting)

  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 tsp. Scott's Homemade Baking Powder (recipe follows)

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

  • ½ cup plus 2 Tbsp. packed lard or butter, chilled

  • 2 cup chilled buttermilk

  • 3 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

Homemade Baking Powder

  • ¼ cup cream of tartar

  • 2 tablespoon baking soda


  1. Heat oven to 500°F. In large bowl whisk together flour, homemade baking powder, and kosher salt. Add lard, coating in flour. Working quickly, rub lard between fingertips until roughly half the lard is coarsely blended and half remains in large pieces, about 3/4 inch.

  2. Make a well in center of flour mixture. Add buttermilk all at once. With a large spoon stir mixture quickly, just until it is blended and begins to mass and form a sticky dough. (If dough appears dry, add 1 to 2 tablespoons additional buttermilk.)

  3. Immediately turn dough onto generously floured surface. Using floured hands, knead briskly 8 to 10 times until cohesive ball of dough forms. Gently flatten dough with hands to even thickness. Using floured rolling pin, lightly roll dough to a 3/4-inch thickness.

  4. Using a dinner fork dipped in flour, pierce dough completely through at 1/2-inch intervals. Flour a 2 1/2- or 3-inch biscuit cutter. Stamp out rounds and arrange on heavy baking sheet. Add dough pieces, as-is, to baking sheet.

  5. Place on rack in upper third of oven. Bake 8 to 12 minutes until crusty and golden brown. Remove. Brush with melted butter. Serve hot.

Homemade Baking Powder

  1. In a small bowl combine cream of tartar and baking soda. Sift together 3 times. Transfer to a clean, tight-sealing jar. Store at room temperature, away from sunlight, for up to 6 weeks.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

231 Calories
12g Fat
26g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 231
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 200mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 10.6mg 53%
Calcium 70.7mg 5%
Iron 1.3mg 7%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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