I have just completed a journey for the ultimate buttermilk biscuits! It all started when my boyfriend wanted me to make him some. I thought that is easy enough right? definitely wrong. The thing with these little devils is that they deceive...there isn't many ingredients but it is still really complicated. I started with a recipe with Crisco and they were hard and small..."wheaty" as my boyfriend described them.
Then I discovered through my grandmother that her mother's recipe was "two handfuls of flour and a handful of lard." She added that her mother had large hands so I should double it! :D I tried the same recipe as before but with lard and made the biscuits larger so they would be fluffier. My boyfriend Hans and I even went as far to visit our favorite breakfast spot Biscuit Kitchen and do some spy work! We asked the young boy behind the counter how they cooked theirs.
To end my quest I bought a disgustingly huge thing of lard and made my biscuits! They turned out perfect.
Here is my recipe:
2 cups of self-rising flour
1 tsp sugar
1/4 cup lard
3/4 to 1 cup buttermilk
Preheat oven to 450 degrees
Combine flour and sugar in a large bowl. Add the lard to the bowl and cut in until it resembles coarse crumbs. Slowly add buttermilk and work in until "sticky." Make sure not to overwork. Turn out onto floured surface. Instead of rolling it out with a rolling pin try to press out with your fingers. Use your own discretion for the thickness. Cut the biscuits using a floured cutter or a glass. Arrange on cookie sheet. Place in oven. Cook for 10 to 14 minutes or until done.
I hope you enjoyed it