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Big Mama’s Biscuits

My big mama’s biscuits have always been a staple in my life. Every visit to Winona, Mississippi is complete with biscuit breakfasts every morning Whenever she visits us in Chicago, she also makes biscuits. I can’t think of any other food in my family that has such a rich history.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Southern
Servings: 12 biscuits
Calories: 168kcal


  • 4 cups self-rising flour Big Mama's brand of choice is Martha White
  • 2 heaping tablespoons shortening
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Melted butter


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Add flour and sugar to medium sized bowl and mix to combine. Create a well in the center of the flour mixture.
  • Add shortening to the middle of the flour and begin cutting into the flour.
  • Next, add buttermilk to the biscuit mixture and begin working together with your hands to bring together. There will be some flour left so don't worry about this.
  • Turn the biscuit mixture onto a kitchen board. Work together with your hands on the board until a dough consistency forms and add flour as/if needed.
  • Using a floured rolling pin, roll out the dough to preferred thickness of 1/3-2/3 inch. I prefer about 1/2 inch thickness.
  • Cut biscuit dough into circles using round cutter or back of a can.
  • Place cut biscuits onto greased baking pan.
  • Bake biscuits for about 12 minutes or until they have risen and are nice and brown. Watch the oven and take them out once they are browned to your liking.
  • Brush melted butter on the tops of biscuits and serve warm.



Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 68mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 0.4mg