Free-Form Buttermilk Biscuits

from ButterYum
makes 12 


  • 1 cup (5 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons butter, cold, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 3/4 cups cold buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 450F. 
  2. Whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt. 
  3. Using two knives or a pastry blender, "cut in" butter cubes until the mixture resembles coarse meal. 
  4. Stir in the cold buttermilk just until all the flour is moistened and forms a ball (don't over mix - there should be lumps). 
  5. Gently pat the mixture out onto a lightly floured surface and cut into 12 equal portions. 
  6. Shape each portion into a biscuit and place on a cookie sheet. 
  7. Brush tops with buttermilk and bake until golden brown, 10-12 minutes.  Enjoy.