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Soda Biscuits

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What would Southern cooking be without biscuits? Did you know that these are called soda biscuits 'cause the baking soda is what makes 'em so Southern-special?

What You'll Need

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup buttermilk

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degree F. Coat a large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, the baking soda, baking powder, and salt; mix well. Using a fork or pastry cutter, cut shortening into flour mixture until crumbly. Add buttermilk and stir just until blended.
  3. Spread remaining 1/2 cup flour on a flat surface and gently knead dough with your hands. Do not overwork dough. Spread dough out and, with a 3-inch biscuit or cookie cutter, cut dough into biscuits.
  4. Place on prepared baking sheet and bake 15 to 18 minutes, or until light golden. Serve warm, or remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes about 1 dozen biscuits.



We recommend keeping a container of powdered buttermilk on hand in the pantry. All you need to do is add water to the powder whenever a recipe calls for buttermilk.

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Never heard of powdered buttermilk before, where can I find this in the suburbs of Chicago or northwest Indiana? I can never get my dough right when kneading, do you have a video on how to do this? How do you know if you over worked it? Any and all suggestions will be greatly appreciated, thanks for all your help Mr Food's team and everyone else on here you guys make this girl look like she can cook. <3

You can get powdered buttermilk in the baking section of the grocery store. Saco is a brand I use, and it comes in a 12 oz can under $5.00. I bought the last one at Walmart.

We called these "Baking Powder Biscuits" and loved them for supper with soft-boiled eggs. Mom would fry them in the electric skillet - just a skim of oil in the skillet (1/4" or so) until soft and golden brown, and then we would add the butter and syrup. Yummy! Real 'comfort food' from my childhood.

A cup of regular milk (whole or 2%) with a tablespoon of vinegar added and allowed to sit for 10 minutes or so will 'clabber' and taste similar to buttermilk. It is excellent to bake with.


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