Total TimePrep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 10 min.
- 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
- 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
- 2 cups warm buttermilk (110° to 115°)
- 5 to 5-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup shortening
- Melted butter
- In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand 5 minutes. Stir in warm buttermilk; set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in yeast mixture.
- Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead lightly 3-4 times. Roll out to 1/2-in. thickness; cut with a 2-1/2-in. biscuit cutter. Place 2 in. apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Cover with kitchen towels and let rise in a warm place until almost doubled, about 1 hour.
- Bake at 450° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Lightly brush tops with melted butter. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts1 biscuit (calculated without butter): 150 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 244mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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Jan 30, 2019
These biscuits were fantastic! I made a half batch last night just to try them, and I was really impressed. They rose beautifully and were the perfect texture.
Jul 29, 2018
Only one word for these. Delicious!
May 8, 2017
This is my favorite biscuit recipe! My Mom has also used this one!
May 6, 2017
Great recipe even for someone who may be hesitant working with yeast!
Dec 15, 2016
These are our favorite biscuits to pair with sausage gravy and serve on Christmas morning. This is a no-fail recipe. It has less of the traditional baking soda taste (Southerners might find that distasteful), but they always turn out fluffy and have a great texture/flavor. Out with the hockey pucks and in with a no-fail recipe!
Jan 4, 2016
These are so good! They are light and so tasty. They are great to make for a company dinner or a special dinner for family. I love to serve them with butter and jam or honey butter.
Oct 23, 2014
Can these biscuits be freeze and how long.
Jun 26, 2014
Light, delicious and easy to prepare...Love them!
Dec 28, 2013
This is the first biscuit recipe that I have made that has turned out great!!!! They were really easy and tasted so light and fluffy. They also make quiet a bit, which is nice for gatherings.
Mar 10, 2013
I have been making this recipe for years and I also half it because it does make alot. They always turn out so good. Some times I add grated cheese to the batter with a bit of mince garlic. When they come out of the oven I brush the tops with garlic butter. Excellent with pasta.