The Academy’s Southern Biscuit

Oh Yes! Mimi and Mademoiselle did make these with the Dean herself! And, Oh Yes! They were awesome!

Oh Yes! Mimi and Mademoiselle did make these with the Dean herself! And, Oh Yes! They were awesome!

In honor of our 20Q interviewee Suzanne Pollak, we bring you a recipe from her Charleston Academy of Domestic Pursuits: A Handbook of Etiquette with Recipes for some of the best biscuits you’ll ever have! Easy to make, and simple to make your own by adding cheese, herbs and spices. The CADP also has a fantastic video series on YouTube, where you can watch how easy it is to make these!

Charleston Academy southern biscuits
Yields 12
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Ingredients
  1. 3 cups self-rising flour, preferably White Lily
  2. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  3. 1 teaspoon salt
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into 4 equal pieces
  6. 1 1/2 cups whole buttermilk
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Using two knives or a pastry blender, cut the butter into the flour until it forms pea-size pieces. Add the buttermilk and stir with a wooden spoon until the dough almost forms a ball.
  3. Place the dough on a silicone baking mat and begin folding up the sides, right and left, until a ball forms. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Fold one side of the dough into the center and then fold in the other side. Roll out again and refold in the same manner three to six times. (Each roll and fold creates flaky layers within your biscuits.) Roll out one final time until the dough is 3/4-inch thick.
  4. Cut out biscuits with a 2-inch biscuit cutter or an inverted glass. Place the biscuits on a nonstick baking sheet. Gather the scraps, re-roll, and cut out more biscuits until all the dough has been used. (At this point, you can cover the unbaked biscuits with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 24 hours, or freeze up to 3 weeks.)
  5. Bake until lightly browned on the top and bottom, 10 to 12 minutes. (Bake frozen biscuits at 425 degrees F for 25 minutes.)
Adapted from Charleston Academy of Domestic Pursuits: A Handbook of Etiquette with Recipes
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