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How to Make Old-Fashioned Southern Biscuits
Any southern girl worth her salt knows how to make homemade biscuits. We may cheat every now and then with canned biscuits, but we know the best tasting biscuits are made from scratch. This recipe makes a nice tender biscuit that is soft on the inside and crisp on the outside. To make a softer biscuit, you can place the unbaked biscuits in your pan with the sides touching and bake as directed below. This will not only make your biscuits softer on the sides, but will help them to rise better as well.
Enjoy these biscuits spread with butter, jam or honey. They make a fantastic accompaniment to any meal and are particularly good for sopping up gravy!
Old-Fashioned Southern Biscuits
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 Tbs sugar
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup butter, cubed
- 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
- 3/4 cup milk
- Extra milk, for brushing
- Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F.
- Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a medium sized bowl.
- Cut the butter and shortening into the flour mixture using a pastry cutter, butter knives, or your hands if you prefer. Continue until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
- Stir in the milk until the mixture comes together and begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl.
- Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead about 10 times.
- Pat the dough to ½” thickness (you could use a rolling pin if you like, for more uniformity). Cut with floured a 2” biscuit cutter and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Brush the tops of the biscuits lightly with milk, then place in the oven.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the tops are golden brown.
- Serve warm.