Homemade Biscuits

Aug 12 2014

by Tamara Eckles

Being a Southern girl, making biscuits from scratch is like a right of passage. In my family the tradition of making biscuits from scratch was passed from my great-grandmother to my grandmother and many of my aunts learned to make them by watching my grandmother. I once asked my grandmother to give me the recipe for her biscuits and she told me she couldn’t give me the recipe. She said I’d have to watch her to learn. I know I watched her hundreds of times mixing the ingredients for the biscuits with measuring out the flour only. Everything else was done by eyeing the ingredients and just knowing and feeling what worked. She also patted out her biscuits by hand. She never rolled them. I didn’t take the time to really study her technique and I hate that I didn’t. What I do remember are those three ingredients she used, self-rising flour, buttermilk and lard. Those ingredients and years of technique and love created the lightest, fluffiest biscuits. Biscuits that caused a fight or 2 amongst family members while growing up. I hope you try this recipe. Allow yourself to learn your own technique as I am growing to learn my own as well. I’d also love to hear your own biscuit making stories.

Homemade Biscuits makes about 6-8 biscuits
1 cup of self-rising flour
1/2 cup cold buttermilk
1-2 tablespoons of Crisco or Lard
Biscuit Dough
Biscuit Dough2
Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Add the flour to a bowl, then mix in 1 tablespoon of Crisco or Lard with your hands (yes, you are going to get your hands dirty so don’t be afraid.) Slowly pour in the buttermilk until a dough forms. If you need it, add a little more Crisco or Lard. Once the dough forms, roll it into a ball being sure not to overwork the dough. Roll out the dough to about 1 & 1/2 inch. Cut out your biscuits then place on a cookie sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool then enjoy!
Biscuits with my homemade raspberry jam


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Tamara Eckles is a dessert enthusiast who has a love for dessert and business plain and simple. Tamara married her love of desserts which includes 20 years of baking experience and her love of entrepreneurship to start her popular media company, Jem of the South, the place where you “Discover Something Sweet”. Jem of the South is the home of Jem Radio, a monthly on-line radio show highlighting small business owners in the dessert industry, Rare Jems TV and Jem of the South Events and Workshops. She is also the author of the e-book ” 7 Sweet Recipes for Dessert Business Success” as well as two dessert guides. Tamara is becoming a go to resource for discovering sweet dessert businesses and dessert trends. Join her on her mission as she “Discovers Something Sweet!”.

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2 responses on “Homemade Biscuits

  1. emilylabordehines

    Thanks for sharing – will definitely try! My grandfather has always been the biscuit baker in our family and all the grandchildren have spent many days and or nights churning out buttery biscuits.

  2. tamaraeckles Post author

    You’re welcome Emily! Making biscuits is such a southern tradition and I hope it’s a tradition we all continue to pass on to generations to come. Happy biscuit making! 🙂

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