Chef John's Buttermilk Biscuits

Chef John's Buttermilk Biscuits

Bread Quick Bread Biscuits

This deceptively simple recipe can come out a million different ways with some very minor variations on the ingredients and amounts. This one's my favorite - flaky, but not dry; chewy, but not tough; crisp in just the right spots.

Servings per recipe: 12
Calories per serving: 143
Preparation time: 20m
Total cooking time: 35m


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled in freezer and cut into thin slices
  • 3/4 cup cold buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk for brushing


  • 1   Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  • 2   Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  • 3   Whisk flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda together in a large bowl.
  • 4   Cut butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs, about 5 minutes.
  • 5   Make a well in the center of butter and flour mixture. Pour in 3/4 cup buttermilk; stir until just combined.
  • 6   Turn dough onto a floured work surface, pat together into a rectangle.
  • 7   Fold the rectangle in thirds. Turn dough a half turn, gather any crumbs, and flatten back into a rectangle. Repeat twice more, folding and pressing dough a total of three times.
  • 8   Roll dough on a floured surface to about 1/2 inch thick.
  • 9   Cut out 12 biscuits using a 2 1/2-inch round biscuit cutter.
  • 10   Transfer biscuits to the prepared baking sheet. Press an indent into the top of each biscuit with your thumb.
  • 11   Brush the tops of biscuits with 2 tablespoons buttermilk.
  • 12   Bake in the preheated oven until browned, about 15 minutes.

Nutrion facts:

Total Fat 7.1g 11%
    Saturated Fat 4.0g  
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 321mg 13%
Potassium 51mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0.6g 2%
Protein 2.8g 6%
Sugars 1g  
Vitamin A 212IU  
Vitamin C 0mg  
Calcium 71mg  
Iron 1mg  
Thiamin 0mg  
Niacin 2mg  
Vitamin B6 0mg  
Magnesium 7mg  
Folate 39mcg