Dad's Special Biscuits

I feel like we've been having a lot of excuses lately for being slack on posting. Nonetheless, our excuse this time is that we've both been out of town. Michael was in Savannah for a bachelor's party all weekend and I was in Nashville for the Country Music 1/2 Marathon. It was my first time to Nashville and I loved it, such a fun town! I could definitely live there for a few years. . . If any of you guys are runners, I recommend that race next year. It's hilly, but really fun - lots of bands along the course and great fan support. Plus you can celebrate at all the honky-tonk bars afterwords :)

So this recipe is one my Dad learned from his Mom, who learned from her Mom and so on. Everyone in the family just kind of makes it - no recipe following. I think my Aunt's, Dad's, and Grandma's all taste differently - everyone puts their own special touch on it. When I was home for Easter, I decided it was time I learned the family tradition. I'd say I did more of watching than actual participating - maybe next time I'll try to conquer it :) I got my Dad to give me an estimate of what he uses (though he just goes by 'feel') so the ingredients below are not precise. Once I start making it on my own, I'll try to come up with more of an exact recipe. If you try the one below, let me know how it turns out!

These are delicious right out of the oven, or reheated with some butter or fresh jam. Enjoy!


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp. baking powder
  • 2 pinches baking soda
  • 3 tbsp. shortening
  • 2 cups fat-free buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 450F.
  2. Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Mix in shorting with a fork. Add buttermilk, a little bit at a time until evenly mixed.
  3. Spread out dough with hands on a floured counter-top, just until about an inch thick.
  4. Use a 4-inch biscuit cutter (i.e. evaporated milk can) to cut out biscuits. Place on a baking sheet. Bake until browned on tops, about 10-12 minutes.


Sharon said...

These look beyond delicious! You certainly deserve a fresh batch after your 1/2! I've only run half marathons in once city so I'm ready to try something new. Congrats!

Heather said...

i love biscuits passed down through family like that. these look light and airy and delicious :)

Culinary Wannabe said...

Congrats on the race!!! That's terrific! And isn't Nashville so much fun? If you ever have a bachelorette party to plan, you should do it there. We've done 2 of our friends there and it was the best. Hope your legs aren't too achy from the hills!

grace said...

ah, family recipes--i love 'em. they're always tweaked to perfection and mean so much. :)
meanwhile, nashville sounds like an awesome place to run! if ever something could inspire me to participate in a marathon, it'd be the idea of country music playing along the way. :)

Mary said...

Mmmm. They look delicious.

lisaiscooking said...

What a great family recipe! These look fantastic.

Hannah said...

I think I might try to make those too! maybe this weekend? I bet they wont be as good as dads though, no matter what i do

Unknown said...

Wow! Those look amazing!!!

Juliana said...

Nashville...we were there a few years ago...interesting place.
Never baked biscuits...the one that you feature looks great!I can almost taste it with jam...yum!

Leslie said...

These look crazy good. You WILL have to let us know what your measurments are when you make em!

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