Brian Hart Hoffman’s Buttermilk Biscuits

Though he was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, our editor-in-chief Brian is a citizen of the world whose background as a flight attendant and career in publishing have allowed him to travel the globe in search of the best baked goods. He’s fallen in love with specialties from France, Portugal, England, and even Japan, but his Southern roots have given him a soft spot for good, old-fashioned Southern biscuits. Rich, buttery, and flaky, Brian’s go-to Buttermilk Biscuits are an ode to the perfect Southern biscuit.

Brian Hart Hoffman's Ultimate Buttermilk Biscuits
 
Makes 12 biscuits
Ingredients
  • 3½ cups (438 grams) White Lily All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tablespoons (24 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (9 grams) kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon (15 grams) baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 grams) baking soda
  • 1¼ cups (284 grams) cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 cup (240 grams) whole buttermilk, chilled
  • 1 large egg (50 grams), lightly beaten
  • Flaked sea salt, for sprinkling
  • Softened butter and honey, to serve
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, kosher salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Using a pastry blender, cut in cold butter until mixture is crumbly. Stir in cold buttermilk until a shaggy dough forms.
  3. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Pat dough into a rectangle, and cut into fourths. Stack each fourth on top of each other, and pat down into a rectangle again. Repeat procedure 3 more times. Pat or roll dough to 1-inch thickness. Using a 2½-inch round cutter dipped in flour, cut dough without twisting cutter, rerolling scraps as necessary. Place biscuits 2 inches apart on prepared pan. Freeze until cold, about 10 minutes. Brush with egg wash, and sprinkle with sea salt.
  4. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Serve warm with softened butter and honey.

 

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