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Because I’m the Mom {Recipe: Buttermilk Biscuits}

“Mom, why do you get to put all of that butter and honey on your biscuits and we only get a tiny bit?”

The question asked was fair enough. Buttermilk biscuits, fresh from the oven, are meant… they practically BEG for… melted butter honey goodness, but my kids don’t need to know that. They will be just fine with the little pat of butter and a slight drizzle of honey. No need to spoil them rotten at an early age by introducing them to an overload of honey and butter on top of a warm, delicious, flaky buttermilk biscuit.

My answer, one that I thought I’d never hear coming from my mouth, “Because I’m the Mom, that’s why.”

“That’s not fair!!” one little person exclaimed.

Out comes another phrase I used to roll my eyes whenever I heard it as a kid… “Well, honey, life is not fair.” Followed by, “Someday when you become a mom  you can put as much honey and butter on your buttermilk biscuit as you want.”

To me a warm, fresh from the oven buttermilk biscuit slathered in butter and doused in sweet honey is one of life’s guilty pleasures. It’s one I first discovered from my mom, as she would savor every last bite of her biscuit.  At our family table growing up, her biscuit even got a separate plate from the other breakfast food, just so the honey wouldn’t seep over into her bacon and eggs.

Go ahead and make this recipe, slather the biscuits up in some delicious butter and honey, and enjoy eating every last bite. In my world, it’s one of the best things about being a grown up!

Recipe: Warm and Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits

Tall, fluffy buttermilk biscuits made even better warm from the oven with a pat of butter and drizzled with honey. A recipe that has been in my recipe box since before I was married.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cold, and cubed into smaller pieces
  • 1 cup buttermilk or buttermilk substitute (1 cup milk with 1 tablespoon lemon juice, left to set for 10 minutes)
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • Flour for dusting

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450° F
  2. In a medium bowl and using a wooden spoon, combine all dry ingredients.
  3. Using a pastry blender or fork, add butter cubes into the dry ingredients. Blend, without over blending, butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles course meal.
  4. Add the buttermilk slowly, and stir until the mixture is just combined. It will still be someone dry, but should hold together when pressed.
  5. Dump dough mixture out onto a slightly floured board.
  6. Using your hands, gently pat the dough out until it is approximately 1/2 inch thick. Do not over handle the dough and do not use a rolling pin... simply flatten the disc out with your hands.
  7. Starting at the very edge, use a round cutter and cut the biscuits. (You should get 10 biscuits from this recipe).
  8. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, with sides of each biscuit touching another.
  9. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until slightly brown on the top.
  10. Remove from the oven and brush with the 1 tablespoon of melted butter.
  11. Serve warm with a butter and honey.
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Comments

  1. Yes, life isn’t fair and it’s certainly not fair when you can bake such beautiful fluffy buttermilk biscuits and the rest of us can just ooh and aww in envy! They look amazing.

  2. LOL! I remember phrases like that, and have found myself saying them a lot more as my boys get older! Those biscuits have me craving the flakey one’s I find only when I’m back home in the KC area… but, I frequently choose to indulge in a sausage gravy over mine! yum!

    • I’ve never been a sausage gravy fan, but I know my kids and hubby would love that. I should introduce them to that sometime!

      Did you ever have biscuits at Stroud’s? Mmmmm!

  3. These look spectacular! Buttermilk biscuits are a favorite at our house–and definitely with TONS of butter and honey. My kids love them that way. One of the things I miss most since going gluten-free last year.

  4. Your mom knows what she’s doing. Getting honey on your savory food is totally gross. I bet she doesn’t let the maple syrup get on her bacon, either, which is absolutely right.

  5. Terri Hendricks says:

    Have used all those phrases more than once, too. I also vowed I would NEVER say them to my kids. And the phrase I learned after becoming a mom (that I don’t remember Mom using): Never say Never!

    Thanks for the laugh!

  6. Ha! Sounds like a good reason to me!

  7. Oh..how fluffy and light these buttermilk biscuits look..you deserve all the utter and honey to bake such a beauty, Kristen :)

  8. my favorite! I need to get this recipe to my mom ASAP!

  9. These are the epitome of perfection! LOVE!

  10. Nummy…these look fabulous. But I can’t make biscuits. I always roll them out too thin – like pie crust or something. And then I wonder why they aren’t thick and fluffy. I may have to re-attempt… :)

  11. So right, they do beg for butter and honey, don’t they? I love your reply. I haven’t been able to get by with that as my answer very often. I think I might have to use it more often!

  12. Those buttermilk biscuits look perfectly fluffy and delicious. Biscuits are one of my favorite foods, and I’ve never found a recipe that turned out quite the way I wanted. I need to make these ASAP. And, of course, slather them with butter and honey. :)

  13. We love biscuits (especially with butter and honey), and I cannot wait to try your recipe. If it has been in your recipe box since before you were married, it must be a keeper.

    And…we all say those wonderful phrases that we promised ourselves we would never utter. :)

  14. It’s a good thing I’m the mom in my house, because I tend to go overboard with the butter and honey as well.

  15. Hahaha. I remember my mom use to say that (“because I’m the mom”) so much in response to my protests as a kid. I can’t wait until I get to say it… although I guess I probably wouldn’t call myself mom.

    These biscuits look killer!

  16. Andrea Merrin says:

    Laughed through your post!! I have found myself repeating those same words to my kids (even though as I kids I swore I’d never say them to my kids)… and thinking “I sounded just like my mom”… The biscuits made my mouth water, I will be making them soon!

  17. Kristen, This post touches my soul. The photographs are incredible. I want to stop working, back away from my computer and race to the kitchen to prepare biscuits with butter and honey.
    I adore biscuits and this post brought back so many fond memories of growing up enjoying homemade, “mom made” biscuits.

  18. I’m not that much of a online reader to be honest but your sites really nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your site to come back later. All the best.pretty valuable stuff, overall I think this is worthy of a bookmark, thanks

  19. My 9 year old daughter and I just made these. PERFECTION! My homemade biscuits never turn out, but these turned out absolutely beautiful! 9 year old friend spending the night even ate a 3rd and is a very picky eater!

  20. Oh my! This is really not fair. I am sitting here trying to convince myself I am not hungry and you share this in my news feed. What time should I be there for breakfast? ;-)

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