Steal my secrets to making amazingly fluffy biscuits completely from scratch.  Even if you’ve never made homemade biscuits before, you can be successful with this quick and easy recipe!  These simple biscuits are made with lard and butter for flakiness and flavor.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
holding one of the buttermilk biscuits cut in half
Biscuits & Scones, Quick Bread, Thanksgiving

The Secrets to Perfectly Fluffy Buttermilk Biscuits

This post was originally published on September 7, 2017.

One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving dinner is biting into a flaky homemade buttermilk biscuit.  The crunchy golden crust and fluffy interior makes the whole meal so much better. 😋 But you’re asking, “How can I make perfectly flaky biscuits myself?”  Don’t worry; I’ll show you how it’s done!

holding a plate of buttermilk biscuits

Pro Tips for Making Light and Fluffy Biscuits

  • Make a buttermilk substitute by adding 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar into a measuring cup, then pour in milk until you have 1 cup of liquid.  Stir to combine and let stand for 10 minutes before using.
  • Make sure that the butter and lard are cold.  It will result in a flakier biscuit and a less greasy dough.
  • Be careful not to overwork the dough, or the biscuits will be tough.  Mix the dough until just combined, and be gentle when re-rolling the leftover scraps.
  • Avoid twisting the biscuit cutter; just push it straight down.  Twisting the cutter can seal the sides of the biscuit together, inhibiting the rise.
  • It’s best to bake the biscuits on a baking stone instead of a cookie sheet.  The baking stone conducts the heat of the oven more evenly, helping to avoid a burnt bottom.
  • Place the biscuits with their sides just touching on the baking stone or cookie sheet.  It will make the biscuits have soft sides and rise higher.
  • Let the biscuits sit for 10 minutes on the tray before baking to get a lighter-textured biscuit and a higher rise.
  • It’s important to bake the biscuits at a high temperature, ideally 450 F to 500 F.  The heat encourages the biscuits to rise higher and brown more quickly.

holding one of the buttermilk biscuits cut in half

Why I Put Lard in Biscuits

In my biscuit recipe, I use both butter and lard.  Why two kinds of fat?  Well, butter provides a fantastic flavor, while lard increases the flakiness.

  • Lard and shortening create flakier biscuits because they “shorten” the gluten strands in the dough, creating a more delicate biscuit.
  • Lard also melts at a higher temperature than butter.  The slow release of steam from the melting lard improves the rise and flakiness.
  • Why use lard then?  I prefer to use lard because it’s an all-natural fat, as opposed to processed shortening.  In fact, lard contains less saturated fat than butter and no trans fat, unlike shortening.

buttermilk biscuits on a plate

How to Make Fluffy Buttermilk Biscuits

Measure out all the ingredients: all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, butter, lard, and buttermilk.

ingredients for buttermilk biscuits

Whisk all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl until well blended.

dry ingredients for buttermilk biscuits

Add the butter and lard to the flour mixture.  Pinch the cubes of fat and mix them with the flour until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs.

rubbing the butter and lard into flour for buttermilk biscuits

Gradually pour in just enough buttermilk to make a sticky dough, mixing with your hand as you pour.  (Yes, you’ll have sticky fingers! 😊) Make sure to pick up all the flour from the bottom of the bowl, but don’t handle the dough more than you need to.  Be gentle!

dough for buttermilk biscuits

Roll out the biscuit dough on a floured surface to 3/4 inch thick, then cut out the rounds with a biscuit cutter.  Gently re-roll the scraps and cut more biscuits, then place them on a baking stone.

buttermilk biscuits on a baking stone

Make sure the biscuits’ sides are just touching each other, then bake them at 450 F for 15-20 minutes.  They should be tall and golden on top.  Let them cool on a wire rack for a few minutes, then serve.

buttermilk biscuits on a wire cooling rack

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Did you make these fluffy buttermilk biscuits?  We’d love to hear how you enjoyed them!

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The Secrets to Perfectly Fluffy Buttermilk Biscuits


  • Author: Emma
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 biscuits
  • Category: Biscuits
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Steal my secrets to making amazingly fluffy biscuits completely from scratch.  Even if you’ve never made homemade biscuits before, you can be successful with this quick and easy recipe!  These simple biscuits are made with lard and butter for flakiness and flavor.


Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (360g)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed (43g)
  • 5 tablespoons lard (72g)
  • 1 cup buttermilk, chilled (236 ml)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 F.
  2. Whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a large bowl.
  3. Dump in the chilled butter and lard and rub them into the flour by pinching the chunks of fat.  Stop when the mixture has a breadcrumb-like texture.
  4. Add about half of the buttermilk and stir with your hand to start bringing the dough together.  Pour in the rest of the buttermilk in one or two more additions, gently working the dough until all the flour and buttermilk are incorporated and a soft, sticky dough has formed.
  5. Turn out the dough onto a floured surface, scraping out the bowl to get all the dough.
  6. Sprinkle the top of the dough liberally with flour and roll the dough to 3/4 inch thick.
  7. Using a 2 1/2″ round biscuit cutter dipped in flour, cut out as many biscuits as you can from the first roll.  Don’t twist the cutter, as doing so will seal the sides of the biscuits together, inhibiting their rise.
  8. Gently re-roll the scraps and cut more biscuits, being careful not to overwork the dough.  Place the biscuits with their sides touching on the baking stone or cookie sheet.
  9. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 450 F.  They should be well risen and golden brown.

Notes

  • Make sure the butter and lard are cold; it will make the biscuits flakier.
  • Handle the dough gently to avoid having tough biscuits.
  • Placing the biscuits with their sides touching will help them rise higher and have soft sides.

Keywords: easy, fluffy

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