Angel Biscuits

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Servings: Makes about 3 dozen biscuits
Difficulty: Easy

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1 envelope (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
½ cup lukewarm (100° to 110°F) water
5 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
¾ cup vegetable shortening, chilled
2 cups buttermilk





Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease a baking sheet with butter, oil, or cooking spray.

Sprinkle the yeast over the lukewarm water in a small bowl. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut in the shortening with a pastry blender, your hands, or two knives until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Add the yeast mixture and buttermilk and mix well.

Sprinkle a small handful of flour over a work surface. Turn the dough onto the floured surface and roll out to a 1-inch thickness.

Using a 2 1/2 –inch round biscuit cutter, cut the dough into biscuits. Gently reroll the scraps and cut out more biscuits. Place the biscuits on the prepared baking sheet and bake until light golden brown and firm to the touch, about 12 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Publication: From PAULA DEEN’S SOUTHERN COOKING BIBLE. Copyright © 2011 by Paula Deen. Published by Simon & Schuster, Inc. Reprinted by permission.

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Yum! I have tried LOTS of biscuit recipes, usually traditional baking powder ones, and this is by far THE BEST ever. I cut the recipe in 1/2 and sometimes use sour milk (1 TB vinegar + milk to the top of the measure, let stand till thick)in place of buttermilk when I do not have it on hand. Equally delicious. Thanks for a fantastic recipe. These are served with sausage gravy, or as breakfast sandwiches at our house...often!

By Cathy O. on March 31, 2014


DELICIOUS! Easy to make and even easier to eat with a good cup of coffee. My dog Jack also liked these biscuits!

By Carolyn on September 07, 2013


Good, perfect biscuits every time. Not dry or heavy, just what I was looking for. Excellent for biscuits and gravy, and they freeze very well too. I cut mine with a 3 inch cutter and get about 2 dozen.

By Cathy on July 25, 2013


saw the biscut on the nate berkus show and thought i would like to try them

By catrod on January 04, 2012


I am going to make the biscuits for Thanksgiving---but I have a question-- My daughter gave me your mixing bowls for Christmas about 3 yrs. ago, --she didn't get any for herself. I have been watching for them every year, and cannot find them. Are they available? I love mine. Grace

By Grace Barden on November 19, 2011


I too saw the episode on Nate's show and once I realized how easy this recipe seemed decided to give it a try. I have never baked biscuits before and have been terrified of recipes requiring a rolling pin. This was too easy! They tasted delicious too! I devoured a batch (I was able to get 19 biscuits), nearly all by myself, in two days. I used my stand mixer and they turned out fine although I did have to add a bit of flour during the kneading in my stand mixer. I'm planning on making more for a brunch (with ham) and freezing some just to keep on hand, AND using this dough instead of pizza dough for dinner tomorrow. Later I might try to replace the milk with buttermilk or cream and see how butter or half butter/half shortening turns out. I ate my biscuits with a little butter and honey and yum!! I was also going to try mixing a bit of GDL's recipe of apricot and salami into the biscuits. They are just so versatile! Thanks so much! Oh, and I'll be putting up pictures of the biscuits on my blog mamavisca.blogspot , I used a flower shaped cookie cutter and they were so cute! Thanks again!

By ashley on November 15, 2011


I just caught the tail end of you on with Nate. Enough to hear the name Angel Biscuits. Looking it up was the hard part to say the very least. When I finally found it, went to print. Guess what?? No ingredients are listed. SOOOOO, went back a page, made a selection of the recipe, got it!! Hope they are worth the trouble. You haven't failed me yet. Thank you so much for the great show & recipes.

By Marlene Quigley on November 09, 2011


On Nate you said that these would make good shortcakes, but add more sugar. How much more, and is that the only change? Thanks. I love Paula Deen recipes......Bacon and Butter!!

By Kristen Messamer on November 09, 2011


Paula, I just saw your upcoming episode on Nate, regarding your angel biscuits, and your comment, "they will make your tongue smack your brain", just killed me. Honey, I seriously don't cook anymore since I have been single for the past eleven years. I am proud to say, though, next Friday, 11/11/11 I will be married again. I looked up your recipe and look forward to taking the time oneday to prepare these awesome biscuits! Thanks for listening to me, and if you have any other helpful hints, don't be shy. I'm always here since losing my job one year ago. love ya!

By valerie volking on November 03, 2011

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