recipe: buttermilk biscuits

March 5, 2010


We had these amazing buttermilk biscuits the other night. They’re from Thomas Keller’s book Ad Hoc at Home. They are perfect because they’re crispy on the outside and so soft and flaky on the inside. They were great with dinner but I bet you could also slice them and put strawberries inside. Top with whipped cream and you got yourself a little strawberry shortcake!
Here’s the recipe:
2 cups each: self-raising cake & pastry flour, all-purpose flour
1 tbsp + 1 tsp kosher salt
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup (1/2 lb/225 g) unsalted butter, cut into 1-tablespoon pieces, frozen
1-1/2 cups buttermilk + 2 tbsp for brushing
2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted, for brushing (optional)
In bowl of food processor, combine two flours, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Pulse several times to blend. Add frozen butter. Pulse until pieces are size of peas. Don’t overprocess or let dough come together.
Transfer flour mixture to large bowl. Make well in centre. Pour in 1-1/2 cups buttermilk. Stir and lift mixture with wooden spoon, gently working flour into buttermilk. Dough should begin to come together but not form solid mass or biscuits may be tough. Turn dough out onto lightly-floured surface. Pat into 3/4-inch rectangle, about 9 inches by 13 inches.
Using 2-1/2-inch round cutter (or bottom of glass), cut out biscuits. Dough trimmings can be gently pushed together, patted out and cut one more time.
Place biscuits, 1-inch apart, on parchment-lined baking sheets. Brush tops with remaining 2 tablespoons buttermilk.
Bake in preheated 425F oven 15 to 18 minutes, rotating pans halfway through, until golden. If desired, brush with melted butter. Serve warm. Makes about 12.

Add some butter and honey too!

I had the busiest day at work today! I wasn’t able to go online or anything because it was so crazy busy. I felt like I was go-go-go all day! So now I couldn’t be happier to be home.
Let the weekend begin!


  • Hmmm… i am so gona try this over the weekend!


  • Oooh yummy! I'll have to use this recipe the next time we make stew!

  • Yum, Yum and YUM!!!! Enjoy your weekend lovely!! XO

  • wow these look amazing!

    have a wonderful weekend mara!

  • yummms! biscuits that are crispy on the outside & soft + flaky on the inside is ever so tempting… i'll definitely keep this recipe in mind! thanks for sharing mara and hope ur weekend's going great =)


  • that looks incredible!
    i seriously don't know how i'll go another day without making these. delicious!

  • Yum I think I will be making those soon

  • Yum yum yum! Biscuits and honey=heaven!

  • Yum they look like very delicious biscuits.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  • Nothing goes better on biscuits than honey and butter!

  • Gosh, they look DIVINE! Thanks for the recipe, Mara. Have a fabulous weekend! xo

  • hey now, those look tasty!!!

  • YUM

  • Biscuits are my fav! I've never had homemade ones though, so I'll have to look into making these.

    Have a great weekend love!

  • wowwww so yummy!!

  • Buttermilk biscuits are the BEST!!!! YUMMO!!!! Have a great weekend doll!

  • Looks so yummy! I think I'll definitely try making these sometime!


  • Those looks like carb heaven. I'm definitely going to try them. Hope you're enjoying your weekend!

  • yummmmmmmm πŸ˜‰


  • Oh, I definitely know how I'll be spending the afternoon.

    Happy, Happy Weekend, Mara!! πŸ™‚

  • ummm yum yum yum…totally all over that next time i want to make cookies!!!

    xx come visit!

  • Yumm. Looks great. πŸ™‚

  • Hummm these look great!

  • These look so delicious… And I love your idea to top them with strawberries! Such an easy dessert idea.
    I absolutely love your blog, Mara — I've passed an award on to you πŸ™‚
    xxoo Josie

  • Oh my god. SO YUMMY. These look fantastic!

  • buttermilk biscuits with honey is like my FAVORITE FOOD in the whole world!

  • Mmmmmm thanks for that doll! I must try them I usually do try out most of your recipes hahaha!
    I don’t think they always end-up the way I planned but hey I try!
    I really hope you are having an amazing weekend
    Take care darling!β™₯

  • iΒ΄ll try this at home! looks super yummy! thanks for sharing the recipe!


  • BTW I have something for you on my blog πŸ˜‰

  • Look delicious.

  • Delish!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and commenting! I hope you had a wonderful weekend, pretty!

  • they definitively look yummy! Hope you are enjoying the weekend xo

  • I love recipes! They look so yummy!

  • oh. yum.

    super cute blog!

  • Oh my gosh, I have to try these. They look AMAZING!

  • Yay for buttermilk! I have not been able to stop making buttermilk pancakes these last two weeks, so good, you should try!
    Mmm these biscuits look heavenly.

  • mmmhhh these look absolutely delicious!

  • oooohhhhh mmmyyyy gggooosshhhh i am sooo going to make this!!!!!

  • Biscuits are one of my favorite things EVER! Thanks for the recipe, Mara! these look amAZing! xo

  • oh how i love honey on biscuits. yum yum! thanks for sharing this recipe. hope you had a good weekend!

  • My mouth is watering they look so good. Thanks for the recipe, I'm going to try them asap!


  • yummm!! these look so yummy… any and all bread is my weakness! πŸ™‚

  • Yummy looking! Anything with butter and honey, im in for it!

  • Hmm that looks good. And I like the idea of making it a little strawberry shortcake πŸ™‚

    I hope your anniversary went well! Looking forward to reading about it.

  • excellent! i've been looking for a good biscuit recipe – made some awhile ago from a food network recipe and they turned out awfully! πŸ™

  • This sounds delicious & relatively easy to make! That mini strawberry shortcake sounds tempting!

    BTW- I'm hosting my very first giveaway! Hope you stop by & join in :o)

  • YUMMY!!!! You have some amazing recipes on here, lady!!

  • woooow!! YUM! <3

  • Can we say YUMMY?!

  • these look delicious!! and with some honey and butter….mmmmm yum! i have a history of ruining biscuits..but i have to try these. i'm not giving up yet! haha.

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