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Flakey Sourdough Biscuits


Makes 12 medium biscuits



  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 stick frozen butter
  • 1/2 cup sourdough starter (preferably active)
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2  teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  1. In a generously sized mixing bowl, unite the flour and sugar, creating the foundation for our culinary masterpiece.
  2. With precision and care, grate the butter into the flour mixture, blending until a delightful crumbly texture emerges, reminiscent of a sandy beach at dawn.
  3. Pour in 1/2 cup of lively sourdough starter and 3/4 cups of soothing buttermilk, both gently brought to room temperature, infusing the mixture with a lively spirit.
  4. Stir with a gentle hand until a dough forms, allowing it to embody the harmony of its ingredients. If the mixture appears a touch dry, a whisper of buttermilk can be added, but exercise caution not to overmix, preserving the delicate balance.
  5. Transfer the dough onto a softly dusted surface, treating it with tenderness as you knead it into a cohesive unity, ensuring not to impose too much force.
  6. Nestle the dough into a floured banneton or bowl, covering it with a moist tea towel like a protective cocoon, allowing it to dream and evolve at room temperature for a minimum of 8 hours, nurturing its growth.
  7. After its restful slumber, enrich the dough with 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 2 teaspoons of baking powder, and 1 teaspoon of baking soda, enhancing its character with a gentle touch of seasoning.
  8. Roll out the dough to a thickness of approximately 1/2 to 3/4 inches, inviting each biscuit to reveal its unique shape with the embrace of a biscuit cutter or a floured glass.
  9. Tenderly place the biscuits on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, granting them a final opportunity to rise and expand their horizons for another 30 minutes to an hour, like eager adventurers awaiting their journey.
  10. When the stage is set, gracefully transfer the biscuits onto a baking sheet or into the warmth of a cast iron skillet, baking them at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 18-20 minutes, or until they achieve a golden hue, reminiscent of a sunrise over a serene landscape. Enjoy the fruits of your labor!




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