2 cups all purpose flour ( I like White Lilly for biscuits ) 4 tablespoons unsalted butter - cold 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 1/4 cup buttermilk - cold
Whisk the dry ingredients together first. Using a fork ( or food processor ), cut in the butter until the butter it's about pea sized bits in the flour mixture. Next start adding the cold buttermilk and mixing until the dough "comes together". It should seem a little dry around the edges. Too much and they'll come out flat. I never actually measure the buttermilk, just adding a little bit at time till the shape holds. Turn out the dough on a floured board or pastry cloth and pat to an even thickness. The less handling the better.
Cut out and place on an ungreased sheet. Bake in a preheated oven at 425 F for 20-25 minutes or until the tops turn a nice golden brown. This my basic recipe to which I will sometimes add shredded cheese to and maybe some sliced ham for ham & cheese biscuits. Melt the butter and add more buttermilk and they become good dumplings for stews or with a tablespoon of sugar and even more buttermilk the make great buttermilk pancakes.
These were GRREAT tasting but, as usual, I CAN'T GET THEM TO RISE! Every single bisuit I try to make either from scratch or even using bisquick come out FLAT! My kids are now calling my bisuits "Hockey pucks". I have up throwing them at the kids cause they DO eat them and like the taste but they resemble COOKIES!! I tried using less buttermilk, more Baking powder (It IS fresh Baking powder!). WHAT AM I DOING WRONG? I would LOVE to make "high fluffy biscuits". PLEASE PLEASE [email address removed - it's not a good idea to post email addresses publicly!]