Buttermilk Biscuits

Buttermilk Biscuits
(Adapted from Williams Sonoma Bread)
Yield: 16-18 biscuits


1.5 cups all purpose flour (235 g)
1.5 cups cake flour (185 g)
1 tbsp brown sugar (11 g)
4 tsp baking powder (17 g)
1 & 1/4 tsp salt (10 g) 
1/4 tsp baking soda (2 g)
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp (125 g) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 cup (250 ml) chilled buttermilk
Buttermilk substitute: Add 1 tbsp of white vinegar or lemon juice to a measuring cup. Fill the cup with milk until you have 1 cup. Mix, let sit for 5-10 minutes and use as you would buttermilk.


1. Preheat oven to 425 F (220 C, gas mark 7) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a food processor, combine all dry ingredients and process to mix well. Add the butter and pulse until combined. Add the buttermilk and process until the dough comes together, don't over process.

3. Dust some cake flour on to your work surface and turn out the dough, scraping down the sides of the processor bowl. Sprinkle some cake flour on top of the dough and gently knead just a few times just to bring the dough together.

4. Press the dough into a rectangle about 1.5 inches (or 4 cm thick). Fold the dough twice, as though you were folding a letter for an envelope. Press down the dough again into a 1" (or 2.5 cm) thick rectangle.

5. Dip your 2.5 inch (or 6 cm) diameter round biscuit cutter into flour if needed and cut out the biscuits, don't twist the cutter. Lift off the scraps and place the biscuits on your prepared pan, making sure they are 1" (or 2.5 cm) apart. 

6. Pack the scraps together and reroll to cut additional biscuits.

7. Bake until the biscuits are firm to the touch and the  tops and bottoms are golden brown, about 15-18 minutes.

Note: If you don't have a biscuit cutter, you can use a round cookie cutter

Note: This recipe can be done by hand if you don't have a food processor. Just use a pastry cutter or your hands to mix the dough well. Just remember, if you use your hands, don't linger because the heat of your hands may melt the cold butter!

For Video Instructions, please check out my video How To Make Buttermilk Biscuits! 

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