Flaky Butter Biscuits

Thursday 22 November 2018

These are biscuits as in the North American type of biscuits.  Not cookies. Not scones.  Biscuits. Similar to a scone in many respects, but totally different in many others.  For the most part biscuits are savoury, whilst scones are somewhat sweet.  

Both are quick breads, in that they use baking powder and or soda for a leaven instead of yeast and don't require  a long rising time.  In the UK biscuits are what are known as cookies in North America.  Are you confused yet?  I hope not!

A holiday meal gave me the opportunity to use this lovely bread cloth that my friend Monique sent me for my birthday in August. Its so pretty don't you think?  I didn't have a bread cloth to line my bread basket.  

I have been using a napkin, so it was really lovely to have a proper bread cloth to use this time around. Thank you Monique!  I know that I thanked you at the time, but I don't think it hurts to thank someone more than once!

These lovely biscuits are a beautiful addition to any holiday meal.  They are incredibly light and fluffy and very moist, not dry.  

There is a hefty amount of butter in them which gives them buttery flaky layers  . . . mmmm . . . .

At the same time the buttermilk helps to make them moist and to rise even more than usual biscuits.

They are quick to make, which makes them a great addition to a family meal when you are busy doing all sorts of other things.  

Having a bread that you can throw together at the last minute just makes sense! 

And there is NO waste. No re rolling of scraps, Nada  . . .  you just pat the dough out, and cut into rectangles with a sharp knife! 

 Easy peasy!  A final brush with some melted butter just prior to baking seals the deal.

Just look at those beautiful  flaky layers  . . . . 

Of course you are doing to want to eat them while they are warm  . . .

Spread with even more butter  . . .  oh so tasty!

I confess . . . one of these didn't even make it to the table.  I enjoyed a sneaky snack in the kitchen with some butter and jam.  Oh boy  . . .

More than a bit naughty of me  . . .  but, very  . . .  very nice!  Adapted from a recipe found on Land O' Lakes.

Yield: 8

Flaky Butter Biscuits

prep time: 15 minscook time: 13 minstotal time: 28 mins
Light, tender and oh so flaky buttermilk biscuits. Serve warm with lashings of butter for spreading!


280g plain flour (2 cups)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
152g cold butter, cut into bits (2/3 cup)
240ml buttermilk (1 cup)
2 TBS butter, melted


Preheat the oven to 230*C/450*F/gas mark 7.  Line a baking tray with paper. Set aside.

 the flour into a bowl along with the salt and baking powder.  Drop in
the butter, Cut in with a pastry blender or a fork until the mixture
resembles coarse crumbs.  Stir in the buttermilk with a fork, until just
 moistened.  Tip out onto a lightly floured board and knead gently 10

Roll or pat out into a 6 by 9 inch
rectangle that is approximately 3/4 inch thick. Using a sharp knife, cut
 into 8 rectangles.  Place on the baking sheet, leaving 1 inch in
between each.  Brush with the melted butter.

Bake for 12 to 13 minutes until light golden brown.  Try not to over-bake.  Serve warm with plenty of butter for spreading!
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  1. Hi Marie, Happy Thanksgiving to you, Todd and Mitzi! Can't wait to try this delicious Biscuit recipe. Thanks for your wonderful blogs and sharing, Dale

    1. Happy Thanksgiving Dale! I hope you enjoy these! My blogs would be nothing without my readers Dale, so thank YOU! xoxo

  2. They look perfect as all your baking does..Thank you:):)Cute w/ your blues!!

    1. Thank YOU Monique! Perfect with my blues! xoxo

  3. We are having soup for dinner tonight and these will be prefect to accompany it! How did you know? I drooled at the picture with them buttered and ready to eat. I could even smell them through the screen. I think perhaps one (or three) might not make it to the table in our house either.

    1. Oh Marie, you are in for such a taste treat! Even the next morning I had one for breakfast with nothing on it and it was fabulous! xo

  4. These look really delicious and so pretty too! Adding to my list!

    1. You are in for a treat Jeanie! Happy Thanksgiving! xo

  5. Mix, pat, cut, bake. Love it! They look perfect.

    1. They are as close to perfect as anything can get Katy! Happy Thanksgiving! xo

  6. Happy Thanksgiving to you if you celebrate with the Americans...

    Those biscuits look wonderful and I adore the Norman Rockwell painting.

    1. Happy Thanksgiving Toffee Apple. I did celebrate! These biscuits are fabulous. I hope you will try them! xo


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