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Ma’s Fluffy Southern Biscuits

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These southern biscuits are rich and fluffy, just like Kya’s ma used to make. Owens mentions biscuits so often throughout Crawdads that I had to indulge. Now, they are a staple around here on the weekends with our eggs and bacon. I hope you enjoy- they come from my heart!

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Ma's Fluffy Biscuits

I made these for Where the Crawdads Sing. Fluffy and soft, they are a delight to eat.
Prep Time8 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time28 minutes
Course: Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: butter, buttermilk, flour
Servings: 8
Calories: 343kcal


  • 2 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup butter cold and unsalted, cut into 1/2" cubes
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk cold
  • 2 tbsp buttermilk for brushing


  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Mix together flour, salt, sugar, baking powder and baking soda.
  • Cut in the cubes of butter until coarse crumbs are the size of peas.
  • Pour in buttermilk and add egg. Stir everything together until just combined but do not overmix.
  • Flour a flat surface to work on. Shape the dough into a rectangle and fold one third of the edge into the middle. Fold the other side into the middle.
  • Gently roll dough until 1" thick.
  • Cut out biscuits by pushing down the cutter and lifting straight up- do not twist the cutter. This would only seal the edges and you want them free to rise.
  • Closely place biscuits in a small pan and brush with buttermilk.
  • Bake for 20 minutes and the tops are golden brown.


Sodium: 941mg | Calcium: 133mg | Vitamin A: 599IU | Sugar: 4g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 94mg | Cholesterol: 69mg | Calories: 343kcal | Saturated Fat: 12g | Fat: 19g | Protein: 6g | Carbohydrates: 37g | Iron: 2mg

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