This original recipe from the Nail Travels family is part of a sponsored post from Zing and Hog Wild Toys. All opinions, ingredients, and instructions are mine alone.
Here’s the one you’ve been waiting for. It’s Mama Roux’s homemade biscuit recipe. Passed down from Culman, Alabama, this is Mama Lily’s recipe with a few tweaks. Practice once or twice before dropping these drop biscuits on a family breakfast. I put my old room mate through some brutal times of hard cookie biscuits and bad Willie Nelson songs. I was simultaneously learning to play the guitar and bake biscuits at the same time. It was a tough stretch for everyone.
- 2 Cups self-rising flour
- ¼ Cup butter
- ⅔ Cups buttermilk
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons oil or bacon grease
- Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Pour oil in skillet and heat in oven. In a large mixing bowl, mix dry ingredients. Cut in cold butter. Cut butter into small pieces and squeeze into flour until all significant pieces have been smooshed. Add buttermilk and lightly mix with a fork. Just mix enough to combine both ingredients. If you mix too much here, you will make hard cookies. If you mix lightly, your biscuits will be fluffy. Lightly sprinkle flour on cutting board and dump biscuit mix on it. Sprinkle a little flour over the top and pull off small pieces of mix. (about ¼ cup) Gently shape biscuits. Gently. Lightly. Barely. Don't pack them tightly. Drop biscuits onto the hot skillet and back for 12 minutes. This recipe will fill a small/medium skillet. For my skillet I have to add another ½ to the recipe.
The original recipe from Mama Lily used vegetable shortening, then Ma Roux used vegetable oil. A few years back our Nail Travels kitchen began using butter which got us where we are now. The butter adds a delicious flavor to the mix. You can also melt butter and brush it over the top of the biscuits after they come out of the oven. Ma Roux continues to add cheese, onion and jalapeno to the mix. Once you get this recipe down, it won’t matter what you add. They will always be perfect. Remember, not everyone can make homemade biscuits.
Mama Lily would serve these at supper with fried chicken and gravy. Good luck finding that kind of thing these days. You can bring back the taste of the old south when you showcase these at your next gathering. Try them with some apple butter, sorgum, or more gravy. Always more gravy.
This exclusive recipe from the Nail Travels kitchen was made possible by Zing Toys. Thank for the Zeon Bow and Unicorn Popper as part of this sponsored post. Toys this fun and durable are perfect for when you need a few spare minutes to mix your biscuits. If you don’t know what a Zeon Bow is or how to operate one, take a look at the Zing Toys website and the Air Storm Firetek Bow and Rockets site. Be sure to like their Facebook page. Also visit the Hog Wild website and see what they have to offer.Kids of all ages like toys and southern buttermilk biscuits.
See yall next time.