Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits with Honey Butter

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Recently a great woman passed away. She was a kind, loving, and inspirational person. And boy could she cook. She was my husband’s grandmother and we all loved her very much. I have memories of going to her house many times and having the most incredible and memorable meals. One of my favorite things she would make were her homemade biscuits, and not just for breakfast. They would grace the lunchtime meal table and were the perfect accompaniment. They were flaky, delicate, and delicious! She will be greatly missed, as will her amazing cooking. In honor of her memory, I am posting my own homemade biscuit recipe with homemade honey butter. I think of her growing up on a farm and eating freshly churned butter and biscuits with fresh buttermilk and real ingredients. Although my recipe is modernized a bit, it is meant to pay homage to the way she grew up and the culinary legacy she left behind.

We love you Grandma and although we will miss you greatly, your memory lives on through all and everyone you touched in your life.

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Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits with Honey Butter

20 to 24 biscuits

Ingredients

    Biscuits
  • 2 cups all purpose flour and more for dusting
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. sugar in the raw
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ stick cold unsalted butter (¼ cup) and 1 Tbsp.. for brushing on biscuits
  • 1 cup buttermilk or milk (2% milk fat or higher)
  • oil for greasing pan
    Honey Butter
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp. honey
Biscuits
  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Lightly grease a pan and set aside.
  • Sift the flour and baking powder together, and then add the sugar and salt, and whisk together well. Cut the butter into small cubes and add to the flour. Now you will need to 'cut' the butter into the flour. I use a pastry blender and manually perform this step, until the butter is well incorporated into the flour, and only little pieces are seen within the flour mixture. Once this is complete, add the milk. It is important not to over mix, just give it a quick couple of stirs until the milk is incorporated. Drop the dough onto a well floured surface. Sprinkle flour on top to ensure that all wet and sticky areas are covered. Lightly and consistently flatten the dough, being mindful of any sticky areas. Flatten to your desired thickness (approx 3/4 in.). Cut your biscuits and place on the pan and in the oven. Set the timer for 12 minutes and then melt the remaining butter. When they are about 3 minutes away from being done, remove the biscuits from the oven and pause the timer. Quickly and lightly brush the biscuits with the melted butter. Place back in the oven for the remaining 3 minutes. At this point, they should be done and lightly browned on top and bottom.
  • Honey Butter
  • Add the cream to a food processor and let it run until the liquid begins to separate from the butter (about 10 minutes). Drain the liquid and squeeze the butter (but save the remaining liquid, which is buttermilk*). Mix the butter and 2 tbsp honey, using a spatula or hand mixer (add more if you want it sweeter). That is it! Wrap it in wax or parchment paper and store in the fridge for several days (or freezer for longer storage). You can make this while the biscuits are baking or ahead of time.
  • -* This is not the same as the buttermilk you find at the store, as it will not be as acidic. However, it works well in pancakes and biscuits, and doesn’t contain the additives you will find in store bought varieties.
  • Notes

    #1 Make the biscuit dry ingredients ahead of time. Anytime I am having guests, I will make this several days ahead.

    #2 Make the biscuit dough ahead of time and freeze. They should hold up in the freezer for a couple of months, if packaged well. Take out, defrost, and bake! You can also bake and then freeze. Simply take out and let defrost, and then heat through.

    23 Responses to“Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits with Honey Butter”

    1. 03/26/2015 at 5:19 pm #

      Perfect for breakfast:-) yummy

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        03/26/2015 at 5:44 pm #

        Thanks! I agree, biscuits are such a tasty breakfast treat 🙂

    2. 03/28/2015 at 8:54 pm #

      What a great way to celebrate her memory! I’m very sorry for your loss. I was very close to my grandmother and when she passed away I thought the sorrow was unbearable and it took me over a year to see the light again. Thank goodness happy memories will always stay with us.

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        03/29/2015 at 12:11 am #

        Thank you Francesca. I was so happy to be able to honor her memory in this way. I am sorry for your loss as well. I agree, we are fortunate to have happy memories to hold dear.

    3. 03/29/2015 at 9:19 am #

      i’ve been OBSESSED with scone lately, this looks UHMAYZING!

      • Zoale.com
        03/30/2015 at 9:50 am #

        Thanks Annie! Isn’t it great to treat yourself at breakfast sometimes? So glad you could stop by 🙂

    4. 04/03/2015 at 10:41 am #

      What a wonderful way to remember your grandmother. These biscuits sound delicious.

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        04/03/2015 at 10:47 am #

        I appreciate the kind words. She was such a fantastic cook, it was nice to be able to honor her like this. Thank you so much for visiting!

    5. Mom #2
      07/14/2015 at 8:48 pm #

      Thank you Antonia for those very sweet words about Mom! She was the best cook and I am so thankful that I learned how to make most of her delicious dishes. And her biscuits were the best, but you know my Dad was the one that taught her how to make the biscuits when they were first married!! 🙂 Dad was a good cook as well, but he just never really had the time. But he could put on a good oyster roast in the backyard!! Your biscuits are amazing too! Love the cinnamon ones and the cheese ones the best. Love you, Mom #2

      • Zoale.com
        07/15/2015 at 9:05 am #

        I was so happy for the opportunity to honor grandma this way. She was a wonderful person! I didn’t know that about the biscuits. I bet making them was extra meaningful for her. It is no wonder you are such a good cook! I am so glad you like my biscuits 🙂 Love you too!

    6. 09/01/2015 at 9:34 am #

      these look amazing! yummm

      • Zoale.com
        09/01/2015 at 9:45 am #

        Thank you 🙂

        • 09/01/2015 at 9:45 am #

          looks so flaky and yummy

        • Zoale.com
          09/01/2015 at 9:48 am #

          Thanks Lynz! They are really good and don’t use an incredible amount of butter. I love biscuits and putting molasses in them just takes them to another level 🙂

        • 09/01/2015 at 9:50 am #

          they look yumm

        • Zoale.com
          09/01/2015 at 9:52 am #

          Thanks Lynz! You are so sweet 🙂

        • 09/01/2015 at 9:53 am #

          love your blog!

        • Zoale.com
          09/01/2015 at 3:13 pm #

          Thank you so much Lynz! Is it Lynz or Lynn? I just want to make sure I am saying your name right 🙂

        • 09/01/2015 at 4:04 pm #

          My name is Lynn but my blog lynz and people call me either on blog world lol

        • Zoale.com
          09/01/2015 at 4:25 pm #

          Funny! Thanks Lynn 🙂

        • 09/01/2015 at 4:27 pm #

          yes people ask and I just say anything ha ha , my daughter called me Din for a couple years!Living over seas people called me different names, weren’t sure lol

        • Zoale.com
          09/01/2015 at 10:02 pm #

          I bet 🙂 With my name being Antonia, I have been called all kinds of things. I feel your pain!

        • 09/01/2015 at 10:03 pm #

          ha ha

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