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Mama's Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits in a cast iron skillet
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5 from 6 votes

Mama's Buttermilk Biscuits

Cook Time12 mins


  • 2 cups self rising flour Mama swears by White Lily
  • a heaping 1/4 cup vegetable shortening like Crisco
  • 3/4 cup – 1 cup full fat buttermilk
  • a little less than a half stick of butter
  • a pizza cutter yes, that’s right. That’s Mama’s unique technique!


  • Preheat your oven to 500 degrees.
  • Using your fingers, work the shortening in with the flour in a large bowl until the flour appears crumbly, about the size of little peas. Stir in the buttermilk with a wooden spoon. Start with 3/4 cup & add a little more if need be.
  • Lightly dust your countertop with a little flour.
  • Now, here is when the pizza cutter comes in! Pat the dough down into a neat rectangle – no reason to do any kneading really. Using a pizza cutter, slice the biscuits into 8 or 10 squares. Place the biscuits into a greased cast iron pan or if you don’t have one, a round cake pan or casserole dish will do, with the sides of the biscuits just touching.
  • Melt 3 tablespoons of butter & pour that on top of the biscuits. Bake for about 12-15 minutes, until lightly browned.
  • Melt a couple more tablespoons of butter & brush that on top of the freshly baked biscuits.
  • Eat them all at one sitting. Bake another batch. Repeat.