Monday, December 16, 2013

Nana's Buttermilk Biscuits

Steve's Grandmother was a good cook.  I don't think there was ever anything she made that we didn't all love.  There are two recipes,  however,  that she is best known for in our family, and those are her pancakes (another post  yet to come) and her biscuits.  Our family cherises these biscuits, and most of us have made them at one time or another.   I learned to make them early in our marriage... it was a rite of passage into the family so to speak hehehe.  Steve and I have both made these biscuits throughout our marriage;  They are a Saturday morning treat, and also a company treat.   On several occasions, I've given instructions for them over the phone to my grown kids; so now here  they are in 2D available anytime. for everyone.   Hope you all enjoy them.

Nana's Buttermilk Biscuits

3 cups flour (and extra for cutting the biscuits)
4 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
2 pinches of salt (about a teaspoon)
5 Tablespoons Natural Palm shortening
1 Tablespoon shortening for the pan
Buttermilk (1 1/2 to 2 cups)

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Mix dry ingredients together
  3. Cut shortening in until thoroughly  blended
  4. Pour in buttermilk slowly, stirring as you go.  You will want enough buttermilk to make a sticky dough.
  5. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and pat it out with floured hands.  Pat it out to about  1 to 1 1/2 inches thick.  It is important not to make your biscuits too thin.  You want them to rise up nicely.
  6. Put 1 Tablespoon shortening into an 8 or 9 inch pan.
  7. Heat the pan in the oven until the shortening is melted.
  8. Remove the pan from the oven.
  9. Place the biscuits into the pan (place them in, and turn them over, allowing the shortening to lightly coat the topside of them).
  10. Place your biscuits right up next to each other; this will create a taller,  moist and tender biscuit.
  11. Bake for approximately 25- 30 minutes; until they are lightly golden brown on top.
  12. Serve hot, buttered with Molasses butter,  Homemade Apple butter, Jam or Honey... Mmmmmm

Molasses Butter
When Steve was a little tyke, he watched his grandfather making his usual big show of whisking molasses and butter together for the family's favorite biscuit spread.  Little Steve quickly handed his biscuit to "Papa" for his portion to be applied.  Hehehe.  He couldn't talk yet, but he knew what was what.

Here's all you do to make it:

Allow your butter to sit at room temperature until softened.  Add molasses and whip together with a knife.  You can use whatever proportions that you like.  We like a medium to dark brown color.  It really is good, and is an old time treat.


  1. Good Morning Pam!

    Oh my... these are making my mouth water. I might have to go make some of these for breakfast, maybe with some gravy too! Yummy!

    Are you getting things all ready for the kiddos coming? When do the first ones arrive? I hope we can find time to either meet for coffee or to come out for a visit while they are all home.

    Have a wonderful week Pam!

    Love You,

  2. Good Morning Amy,
    Yes, we are in the count down for the kids to get here. We have lots to do today; they will be in on Wednesday. We do hope to get together with you guys while they are here.

  3. I am so HAPPY you posted this Mom! Now I can always refer back to your blog instead of losing the recipe and calling you for it hehehe :) And now I can post Nana's biscuits and link back to you!!! Seeing Dad's hand spread the Molasses Butter struck a homesick chord :( Miss you two like crazy! And missing those biscuits!

    I love you!