Many Southerners swear by White Lily Flour for making the highest-rising, light and fluffy biscuits. I might add another descriptive word and that is flaky. The biscuits crumble when you cut into them, not exactly the texture I prefer, but still good when you smother them with butter, gravy or even maple syrup.
A few years ago this flour, which is milled from 100% soft winter wheat, was finally available to us Northerners. The company has been around since 1883 and that sure says something for its flour. For every cup of all-purpose flour used in a recipe you need to substitute 1 cup and 2 tbsp. of White Lily All-Purpose Flour.
Nancy, a fellow blogger recently posted a biscuit recipe but she used yeast and self-rising flour. Here are two examples of different versions of biscuits using a Southern flour. Not bad for two Northerners 🙂 Please check out her recipe https://feastingwithfriendsblog.com/2016/08/05/buttermilk-biscuits/
White Lily Southern Style Biscuits
- 2 cups soft wheat flour such as White Lily
- 1 tbsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 1/2 tsp. fine sea salt
- 2 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into cubes and chilled
- 2 tbsp. Crisco, cut into cubes and chilled
- 1 tbsp. lard, cut into cubes and chilled
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
Preheat the oven to 425°F. Sift together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. I like to use a fork but you can use a pastry blender or two knifes and cut the butter, Crisco and lard into the flour mixture. Add the buttermilk and stir only until combined.
Turn the dough out on a floured surface and knead about 10 times. Pat into a 3/4-inch to 1-inch thick circle. Using a 2-inch biscuit cutter (or bigger if desired) dipped in flour cut out as many rounds as you can. Combine the scraps, pat into a circle again and make more rounds until the dough is used up. I ended up with 12 biscuits.
Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or so. It took 17 minutes in my oven. Remove and brush with melted butter if desired.
Recipe by cooking with aunt juju
Have you ever wondered about all of the different versions of biscuits? First, there is the flour that is used. Many recipes use all-purpose and many use self-rising. I am a King Arthur Flour (KAF) follower and this is the brand of flour I always buy. They make quite a few varieties and some are available at stores and the rest can be bought online at their store. Have you heard of Bisquick? This packaged mix makes great biscuits and are the ones my siblings and I grew up on 🙂
This recipe used a different flour, White Lily Flour, the biscuits seemed a little too flaky. They rose beautifully and tasted good, just kind of wanted to fall apart when you cut into them. Maybe it was me and I should try to make them again…
Second, there are numerous “wet” ingredients to choose from such as sour cream, buttermilk, milk, whipping cream and even mayonnaise. I wish I could make one of each and do a taste test – then I might know which biscuit I prefer.
I have posted a few different recipes for biscuits and one I love for strawberry shortcake that is a family favorite. The addition of orange zest makes these special 🙂
- Caramelized Onion Sourdough Biscuits
- Breakfast Biscuits
- Buttermilk Cheddar Biscuits
- Two Biscuits
- Strawberry Shortcakes