Grannie’s Biscuits

You’re probably saying to yourself “Really? More biscuits??” right now.  And I don’t blame you.

You’ll really say it when you see that the ingredients are almost exactly the same as {Jeremy’s Biscuits}.  However, these are even better.

And not just because they’re my Grannie’s biscuits.  And also not because I was delirious at 6:45 AM on Saturday when my crazy ass got out of bed to make biscuits.

Grannie's Buttermilk Biscuits  | Oysters & Pearls

You may remember my post from Friday telling you about some recipe mail from my aunt.  She finally (and for the first time) wrote down how my Grannie made biscuits.  Here’s the basics: there’s no measurements and only three ingredients.  You do the measuring, as Grannie said, “by feel.”  Lala says she guesses that means by experience.  So I got to experiencing this past weekend.

Grannie's Biscuits- Flour in a Bowl | Oysters & Pearls

Grannie’s Buttermilk Biscuits


Self-Rising Flour (see tips for converting All Purpose Flour to Self-Rising {here})
Lard (I substituted Vegetable Shortening)


Have a mixing bowl full of self-rising flour.  Create a well in the center, and add buttermilk and shortening.  Mix together, adding flour from the bowl as you go, until it forms a dough.  This is the “experience” part.  Form biscuits by hand and put them in a baking dish with sides touching. Lala’s directions just said to bake until brown, but I baked them at 400 for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the tops were brown, and that worked out well.

As a note, if I had to guess on the ingredients measurements that it took to make four large biscuits, I would guess 1.5 to 2 cups of buttermilk and about 3 tablespoons of shortening.  But that’s totally a guess, as I was trying to go for the experience here.

Grannie's Biscuits in a Bowl | Oysters & Pearls

You have to really get in there with your hands to mix in the shortening, and really squeeze the shortening into the milk and flour.  And it gets sticky.  Like, really, really sticky.

Grannie's Biscuits- Dough in a Bowl | Oysters & Pearls

Eventually I ended up with a flour-y wad of biscuit dough.  Dough that was delicious, and took me straight back to my Grannie’s kitchen – or laundry room, as it were.  She used to put raw biscuits out across the washer and dryer next to the kitchen until she was ready to bake them all, which made for the perfect opportunity for biscuit thievery.

Grannie's Biscuits | Oysters & Pearls

The dough is so sticky in fact that you basically have to hurl the biscuits into the dish.  Luckily, I have excellent aim. #highschoolbasketballer

Grannie's Buttermilk Biscuits | Oysters & Pearls

Forty minutes or so later, you’ll have some of the most delicious buttermilk biscuits ever made.  I don’t know if mine are exactly like hers, and I’m quite sure these aren’t the perfect biscuits, but I’m pretty sure it would make my Grannie proud that I had a bowl of flour in the fridge like she did.

Family recipes are the best recipes.  And I won’t mind if you claim my Grannie as your Grannie on biscuit-making day. ;)


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3 thoughts on “Grannie’s Biscuits

  1. Carla Chastain

    This is the only biscuit recipe I know – with no measurements, of course! Makes me want to go home and make some right now.

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