Simple Buttermilk Drop Biscuits

Lately I have started to appreciate simplicity – in my cooking, baking, and photography.  When I am in the kitchen, I am drawn to recipes emphasizing a few quality ingredients. I’ve found that when I pick up my camera, I want to capture things as they are… If the light isn’t perfect, that’s OK. I want to capture the light I’ve got, even if it is a bit yellow and casting harsh shadows. I want to capture the moment when something comes out of the oven and not worry about arranging props and staging the perfect scene.

This shift to living a bit more simply has also extended beyond the kitchen. I find myself longing to keep the calendar a bit cleaner, taking time to simply enjoy time at home as a family. We rarely turn on the television, but find ourselves entertained for hours just listening to music and watching Madison dance and laugh. I feel as thought we’ve been accumulating less stuff (which is amazing since we have a baby at home), and just cherishing time and memories.

Overall, it’s a shift that I am welcoming with open arms.  I’m sure life will get busy again, and I will prepare my share of complicated dishes again. But, for now, I am enjoying the quiet and the simple.

Buttermilk Drop Biscuits
Makes about 8 large biscuits

  • 2 1/4 cups self-rising flour
    (for light and fluffy biscuits, I like White Lily self-rising flour)
  • Pinch Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cold
  • 1 cup + 1 tablespoon buttermilk
    (if you make your own butter, you can use 1 cup fresh buttermilk whisked with 1 tablespoon plain yogurt)

Preheat the oven to 450°F.  Lightly grease a baking sheet, or line with parchment or a silicone liner, and set aside.

Place the self-rising flour in a mixing bowl and add a pinch of salt. Give the mixture a quick mix.

Cut the cold butter into small chunks and then use your fingertips to work the butter into the flour, leaving a few small lumps of butter.  The mixture will be a similar consistency to wet sand.

Add the buttermilk (or fresh buttermilk and yogurt mixture) and use a spatula to gently fold the buttermilk into the flour mixture.  The batter should be thick and a bit sticky.  Don’t over mix, stir just enough to moisten all of the flour.

Use a 1/4 cup scoop to drop biscuits onto the prepared baking sheet.  Bake for about 12 – 14 minutes, until the tops are golden. Enjoy warm.

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6 Responses to Simple Buttermilk Drop Biscuits
  1. Caroline @ chocolate & carrots
    February 27, 2013 | 6:57 am

    So simple, yet I’m sure, so delicious. :D I have a bag of self rising flour calling my name!

  2. Rashida Shaikh
    March 4, 2013 | 5:32 am

    Hello,
    wow, what a lovely site!
    Why I haven’t met you so far, though it’s not late.
    I would love to try some of your recipes, hope you won’t mind, following you on pinterest.
    May god bless you and gives you what you deserves.
    Have a nice week ahead!

  3. Paula
    March 5, 2013 | 9:09 am

    What a lovely post Jen. I think that when we do make the effort to simplify our life, what is truly important is magnified for us.

  4. Michelle @ Taste As You Go
    March 7, 2013 | 5:30 pm

    So much can be said about capturing the simple things. :)

  5. Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden
    March 14, 2013 | 11:34 am

    Simple but great recipe,I like it very much

  6. Tracy
    June 10, 2013 | 2:19 pm

    Love these biscuits, Jen! They’ll definitely be perfect with jam!

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