Southern Style Biscuits: Maw’s Recipe

May 7, 2014

My Grandmother (who is known by everyone in the community as Maw) rarely makes canned biscuits. She would go broke if she did, my Grandfather eats at least one a day. Her recipe is three ingredients, can be made in a few minutes, and you can easily adjust the recipe to make as many (or as few) as needed.

Southern Style Biscuits

  • 2 cups of a good self-rising flour (my grandmother is really picky)
  • 1/3 cup of shortening
  • 3/4 cup of buttermilk (but you can use regular milk or a ratio of both)

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Sifting the flour will get rid of any clumps, make the biscuits fluffier, and they will look prettier. My Grandmother’s old sifter eventually fell apart, she picked up a new one from Williams & Sonoma. I just sift my flour into a mixing bowl, and add the milk and shortening. You can mix with your hands or with a spoon (this can take a little longer).

When your ball of dough starts to get smooth, place it on floured wax paper. Roll the dough out 1/2 inch thick. I used my great grandmother’s biscuit cutter, but I have seen people use a thin rimmed drinking glass. This recipe will make roughly 12 biscuits.

Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes.

They are an easy southern staple and can be made in just a few minutes.
These are great served with ham, gravy, jam, butter, or honey.

What is a staple in your kitchen? Do you have any “heirloom” recipes? I love to hear back from my readers.

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