Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Biscuits from Scratch – Just Like Grandma Made

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These old-fashioned buttermilk biscuits from scratch are the perfect last-minute accompaniment to a meal. They’re great for breakfast, too!

There are many ways to make good old-fashioned biscuits. It starts with organic white flour, a bit of leavening, some fat, and some dairy. In this particular biscuit, we are using baking soda as the leavening agent. Baking powder biscuits are a delicious biscuit in their own right, but the baking soda in this recipe for these biscuits from scratch plays off the tang of a classic ingredient – real buttermilk.

These old-fashioned buttermilk biscuits from scratch are the perfect last-minute accompaniment to a meal. They're great for breakfast, too!

Buttermilk comes in several forms. The most common is a commercial variety that is often called cultured buttermilk. It is a thin yogurt consistency and, for truly cultured buttermilk, should list at least one strain of bacteria as an ingredient. A similar cultured buttermilk can be made at home using either a purchased culture or a purchased commercial buttermilk.

Buttermilk biscuits from scratch

The buttermilk I like to use in these biscuits is the real-deal old-fashioned buttermilk left from making homemade butter. It is still tangy and a bit thick from the ripening process raw cream goes through before churning. But it has an unmatched aroma and flavor and makes some of the best biscuits and pancakes around.

Whether you are making your biscuits with baking powder or baking soda; buttermilk or milk, one thing always remains the same. For good biscuits from scratch, you want to handle the dough as little as possible. This ensures high-rising, tender biscuits that haven’t had too much of their gluten developed.

And be sure to pass the butter and homemade jam.

Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Biscuits


  • 2 cups organic wheat flour
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup solid butter, lard, or coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, plus an additional 1-2 Tablespoons as needed


Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Grease a baking sheet and sprinkle it lightly with flour.

These old-fashioned buttermilk biscuits from scratch -- cutting the fat into the flour.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt and mix together thoroughly with a whisk or fork. Add the butter lard, or coconut oil to the flour mixture and cut the fat into the flour using a pastry cutter until the fat is the size of peas.

Add the buttermilk and mix to combine. If the dough is still a little dry, add additional buttermilk one tablespoon at a time until a stiff dough just comes together. Knead only until a cohesive dough comes together.

Old-fashioned buttermilk biscuits - dough

Move dough to the prepared baking sheet and press evenly into a 3/4 inch disc. Cut biscuits with a biscuit cutter or a narrow-mouth canning ring. Once all of the old-fashioned buttermilk biscuits are cut, pull the scraps together and cut into remaining biscuits.

Make these biscuits from scratch and use a canning ring to cut them.

Spread the biscuits out on the baking tray and place in preheated oven. Bake for fifteen minutes or until golden brown on the bottom and cooked through.

Serve these old fashioned buttermilk biscuits with butter, jam, or other favorite toppings.

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These old-fashioned buttermilk biscuits from scratch are the perfect last-minute accompaniment to a meal. They're great for breakfast, too!

About Shannon Stonger

Shannon Stonger is the founder of the blog Nourishing Days, where she shares her family's journey towards sustainability. She is the author of the sourdough baking book 100% Rye and released Traditionally Fermented Foods in May 2017. She holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry and lives with her husband, five children, and various farm animals on their five-acre homestead in Texas.

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