My grandmother used to make about 2 dozen of these every morning. She made enough so there would be leftovers for the dogs. I’d stand on the back porch and throw biscuits to Toby and Bullet; they’d catch them in midair and practically swallow them whole.


2 cups flour

Not pretty, but darned tasty.

4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
4 T tablespoons butter
1 cup buttermilk, chilled


Preheat oven to 400 – 450. Combine dry ingredients in mixing bowl. With your fingers, rub the butter (or 2T butter + 2T shortening) into flour mixture.  The idea is NOT to melt the fat, but to crumble it into small pieces.

Make a well in the center and pour in the buttermilk. Stir just enough to combine. Turn on to a floured surface and fold edges over the center several times. Pat out  to 1/2 to 1″ thick and cut into rounds. Place on baking sheet leaving space between each one.

Bobby Flay suggests “painting” each biscuit with milk; then sprinkle tops with cracked black pepper.

Bake until done (About 15 minutes).

Adapted from Alton Brown

Hint: I don’t see any reason why this can’t be halved.