As I mentioned in my About Me page, my grandma is the best cook I know. She knows how to feed a full house and KEEP them full. She really is an amazing woman, but for so many other reasons as well! She is definitely the most giving and righteous person that I know and I hope to be half of what she is one day.
I don't know if it's super obvious but... I love my grandparents!! I have a special bond with both my Papa and Grandma and I feel so lucky to be able to say that! They lived just 15 minutes away from my house all growing up, and we had a tradition of eating dinner there every Sunday after church. I can literally count the number of times we missed Sunday dinner on two hands... There were plenty of sleepovers, gardening, corn shucking, Dollar General trips to pick out a special treat, family Christmas parties, and classic love songs to be sung. Because I am not living in North Carolina anymore, I don't get to see my grandparents as much as I'd like to, so I think about them a lot!
One of the ways that I keep my grandma close is by cooking her recipes here in my own home (Don't be surprised if a lot of the recipes I share are hers. Somebody has to keep the tradition going strong!). When I think of Sunday dinner at grandma's I automatically think of her buttermilk biscuits. We ate them every Sunday, hot out of the oven, without complaint! They are simple and delicious and the perfect comfort food. Hence why I want to share this recipe with ya'll! I do need to explain though that these are not your normal biscuits. These are TRUE southern biscuits, not the kind of biscuit you will get at KFC or any other place. My grandma knows that I love to cook and make her biscuits. In order to make that memory special, she passed down her silver biscuit tray to me. I can't wait to pass that tray down to my own daughter once they learn how to make grandma's biscuits!
There is this running joke in my family about how my sister butters her biscuits. My papa never fails to bring it up to her any chance he can get. He'd toss his biscuit over to her and make her butter it for him because she was such a professional biscuit butter-er. As you could assume, my family's preference for these biscuits is to top them off with butter, but feel free to add whatever you like!
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10-12 minutes
1/3 Cup Shortening
2 Cups Red Bans Self-Rising Flour
3/4-1 Cup Buttermilk
Put the flour in a bowl and make a well in the center.
Add the shortening and then most of the buttermilk.
Working from the outside in, combine the flour and shortening by scooping the flour inward. Squeeze the dough together and continue to pack until a ball is formed. Add the rest of the buttermilk if needed.
Once the dough is formed, add flour to your hand and pinch of a piece of dough, rolling it in your floured hands. Set on a baking pan and press down with 2-3 fingers. Continue this technique, adding flour to your hand before each biscuit is made, until all dough is used.
Bake in the oven at 450 degrees F for about 10-12 minutes! Top with butter, honey, or jam. Enjoy!