October 26th, 2009

Old Fashioned Buttermilk Biscuits

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My mother-in-law shared this recipe for buttermilk biscuits soon after my husband and I were married. It was first shared by her grandmother, who was born in 1889.  So it really is an old fashioned, family recipe! It’s a little different, in that most biscuit recipes don’t call for eggs, but I think that’s what makes these biscuits so good! For the lightest, fluffiest biscuits, mix the dough as little as possible. I do all the mixing for these biscuits by hand. Contrary to popular belief, your biscuits don’t need to be round. I usually just press out the dough and cut it into squares before baking.

Old Fashioned Buttermilk Biscuits

Old Fashioned Buttermilk Biscuits

Preparation 10 Cook Time 20 Total Time 0:00


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 3/4 to 1 cup buttermilk


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. Work in margarine with a fork or hands. Add beaten egg and stir gently.
  2. Add the milk 1/4 cup at a time, stirring gently until dry ingredients are just moistened and a soft dough is formed.
  3. Turn onto a floured surface and press out gently with hands to desired thickness.
  4. Cut and place close together in greased 9×9 pan. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes.
Who Dished It Up First: My husband’s great-great grandmother.


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