Crispy Chef John’s Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe

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Chef John’s buttermilk biscuits are the best. Soft, fluffy, and a little crispy, they’re perfect for breakfast, brunch, or a midday snack. And they’re so easy to make at home!

Chef John's Buttermilk biscuits recipe

Start by preheating your oven to 425°F. Whisk flour, baking powder, soda, salt, cold and sliced butter, and buttermilk until it forms a dough. Roll the dough out on a floured surface and bake it in the oven for 20 minutes until brown and crisper. 

Once you’ve got the basics, you can make all variations—blueberry, bacon-cheddar, and even pumpkin fig. Also, you can substitute buttermilk with your sour milk, but it doesn’t taste as rich or rise quite tall using lower fat or nondairy milk.

With this step-by-step guide, you’ll be able to make perfect buttermilk biscuits every time. Scroll down for the recipe and detailed instructions below to see Chef John in action. Check other Chef John’s recipes here.

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What Equipment Will You Need To Make Chef John’s Buttermilk Biscuits?

  • Oven – Bake your buttermilk biscuits for 15 minutes until the biscuits turn brown and fluffy.
  • Electric Mixer – Combine all-purpose flour, cold and sliced butter, baking powder and soda, and salt in an electric mixer until it forms a dough. 
  • Pastry Blender – Cut the cold butter using a pastry blender into small pieces while coating them in flour.
  • Mixing Bowl – Combine dry ingredients and buttermilk to make a dough. 
  • Biscuit Cutter – Cut the dough into circles with a biscuit cutter. Please do not twist the biscuit cutter when pressing down; otherwise, it will seal off the edges of the biscuit, which prevents them from fully rising.
  • Spatula – Toss the dry ingredients with a flat-surfaced spatula until the dough resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Rolling Pin – Roll out the buttermilk biscuit dough with the help of a rolling pin and flatten it into a ¾-inch-thick rectangle as best you can.
  • Parchment Paper – Place the parchment paper on a baking sheet to keep it from burning and ensure even baking.
  • Wire Rack – Cool the biscuits on a wire rack for about 15 minutes before serving them with jam. 

How Much Time Will You Need To Make Chef John’s Buttermilk Biscuits?

Preparation TimeCooking TimeTotal Time
30 Minutes15 Minutes45 Minutes

What Ingredients Will You Need To Make Chef John’s Buttermilk Biscuits?

  • All-purpose Flour – Use all-purpose flour for lighter, fluffier, and less airy biscuits.
  • Butter – The butter will melt and cause steam, helping produce flaky layers and a higher lift to the biscuits.
  • Buttermilk – Buttermilk will give the most tender biscuit with a tangy texture. It will also help the dough rise, producing taller and fluffier biscuits. 
  • Salt – Salt adds flavor to baking and balances flavors, especially sweetness.
  • Baking Powder – Baking powder will encourage the dough to spread up and out. 
  • Baking Soda – Baking soda will help cause the batter to rise, making biscuits dense and flat.
Chef John's buttermilk biscuits

Steps To Make Chef John’s Buttermilk Biscuits

1. Making The Dough

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Place the baking sheet and line the parchment sheet on it. Place the all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and whisk until combined. 

Use a pastry blender to cut the cold butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. 

2. Making Biscuits

Make a well in the center of the mixture and slowly add the whole buttermilk until the dough comes together, and it should be a little wetter than traditional biscuit dough.

Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes. Flatten it into a ¾-inch-thick rectangle as best you can.

Roll out to 1/2-inch thickness and use a biscuit cutter to cut out biscuits. Please do not twist the biscuit cutter when pressing down; otherwise, it will seal off the edges of the biscuit, which prevents them from fully rising.

3. Baking Biscuits

On a baking sheet, place the biscuits and bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden brown. Cool the biscuits on a wire rack for about 15 minutes before serving them. 

Once cooled down, serve them with your favorite jam or butter. Enjoy!

Nutritional Information

Calories143 kcal
Total Fat7 g
Cholesterol 19 mg
Sodium321 mg
Carbohydrates 17 g
Fiber1 g
Sugar1 g
Protein3 g
Calcium71 mg
Iron 1 mg
Potassium51 mg

How Will Chef John’s Buttermilk Biscuits Look And Taste Like?

Chef John’s buttermilk biscuits have a perfectly light and fluffy texture since they are folded into layers. These easy buttermilk biscuits are incredibly soft, tall, flaky, and chewy but not tough, crispy, and buttery in the right spots. 

Recipe Card

Chef John's Buttermilk Biscuits

Chef John’s Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe

Chef John's buttermilk biscuits are light, fluffy, and oh-so-tender. The key is to use cold butter and buttermilk.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Chef’s Delight
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 143 kcal

Equipment

  • Oven
  • Electric Mixer
  • Pastry Blender
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Biscuit Cutter
  • Spatula
  • Rolling Pin
  • Parchment Paper
  • Wire Rack

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 3 tablespoons Buttermilk
  • 7 tablespoons Unsalted Butter (frozen)
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Place the baking sheet and line the parchment sheet on it.
  • Whisk all-purpose flour, baking powder, soda, and salt in a large bowl until combined.
  • Use a pastry blender to cut the butter and put it into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Make a well in the center of the mixture and slowly add the buttermilk until the dough comes together.
  • Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes.
  • Roll out to 1/2-inch thickness and use a biscuit cutter to cut out biscuits.
  • On a baking sheet, place the biscuits and bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Serve warm with your favorite jam or butter. Enjoy!

Video

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Nutrition

Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 321mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 1mg
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use self-rising flour instead of all-purpose flour?

Yes, you can use self-rising flour instead of all-purpose flour, but make sure to omit the baking powder and salt from the recipe.

Can I make the biscuits ahead of time?

Yes, you can make the biscuits ahead of time. Form them into balls, place them on a baking sheet, and freeze until solid. Then transfer the frozen biscuits to a resealable freezer bag and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to bake them, thaw them at room temperature for about 30 minutes, then bake as directed.

What’s the best way to freeze biscuits?

The best way to freeze the biscuits is to place them on a baking sheet until they are solid. Then transfer the frozen biscuits to a resealable freezer bag and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Why do my buttermilk biscuits taste bland?

Buttermilk adds flavor to bland biscuits, so don’t substitute with regular milk. If you don’t have buttermilk, you can make some by mixing one tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice followed by milk in the cup. Let stand for 5-10 minutes before using.

Conclusion

You’ve seen how easy it is to make Chef John’s buttermilk biscuits. Why not try them for yourself? They’re the perfect breakfast for a busy morning and delicious with jam, honey, or sausage gravy.

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