Butter Biscuits

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"Recipe source: Saveur (Nov. 2015)"

Original recipe yields 12 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (145.4 g)
  • Calories 559.2
  • Total Fat - 40.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 25.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 106.2 mg
  • Sodium - 916.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 43.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.4 g
  • Sugars - 3.2 g
  • Protein - 7.1 g
  • Calcium - 235.9 mg
  • Iron - 0.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

Grate the frozen butter in either a food processor or a box grater and then freeze the grated butter for at least 30 minutes.

Step 2

In a bowl whisk together the flour with the other dry ingredients (- baking soda) and freeze the dry ingredients for 30 minutes.

Step 3

Scrape the frozen butter into the dry ingredients and toss. Pour in the buttermilk and stir until you have a stiff dough.

Step 4

Scrape dough onto a floured board and work the dough into a 10 x 7 inch rectangle. Fold the rectangle into thirds and rotate 90 degrees. Using a rolling pin flatten the dough into a 10 x 7 inch rectangle. Repeat the folding, turning and rolling process 3 times, ending with the dough shaped into a 12 x 10 inch rectangle that is 1/2 inch thick. Trim edges and then cut into 12 equal squares. Space the biscuits at least 3 inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheets and freeze for 2 hours or up to 3 days.

Step 5

Heat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Step 6

Brush each biscuit with some melted butter and sprinkle with sea salt.

Step 7

Bake one sheet of biscuits for 10 minutes and then reduce oven temp to 400 degrees F; rotate the baking sheet and bake until biscuits are puffed and golden brown (15 minutes). Transfer to a rack and let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Step 8

Repeat process for second sheet of biscuits.

Tips & Variations

  • Parchment paper and baking sheets



Awesome biscuits!! They are so light and fluffy! Love the technique for making these. It is a wee bit time consuming but soooo worth it. The trick is to handle the dough very lightly with your hands and while rolling. I made 4 serves and that gave me 8 good sized biscuits. This recipe is going into my Favvy File. Thank you for sharing Ellie! Made for Billboard Recipe Tag.

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(21 Feb 2018)

dienia b

wowser great biscuits , i only made half and it was alot of biscuits , mr picky loved them

review by:
(21 Oct 2015)