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Brenda Gantt Biscuits

  • Author: Erin
  • Total Time: 19 minutes


Learn with me as I make Brenda Gantt's famous buttermilk biscuit recipe using her super fun 'biscuit bowl' technique! Perfect, fluffy biscuits every time. Watch Brenda make her biscuits herself and be sure to follow her on Facebook or subscribe to her on YouTube - she is wonderful!


  • Self-Rising Flour - a large mixing bowl full
  • 2 small chicken egg-sized balls of Crisco
  • Approximately  2 cups whole buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 500F. Grease a wide, shallow cast iron skillet with Crisco and set aside.
  2. Sift 3-4 cups of the flour at the top of your biscuit bowl. Make a fist and use your knuckles to create a deep well in the center of the flour. Leave a border of flour around the edge of bowl.
  3. Add Crisco to the well.
  4. Pour in buttermilk. Use clean hands to incorporate the Crisco into the buttermilk only. Don't start actively adding flour just yet.
  5. Slowly start pulling flour into the liquid, but leave the border of flour around the edge so the bowl doesn't get messy. Move gently and don't over work the dough.
  6. Stop mixing when you have a nice dough that isn't too sticky or dry.
  7. Generously flour a clean work surface. Transfer dough to surface and very gently pat out to 1-inch thickness. 
  8. Cut biscuits and add to prepared pan, letting the biscuits touch each other. Gather leftover scraps and gently combine, pat out, and cut more biscuits.
  9. Bake until light brown in the hot oven - 8-12 minutes. Watch them closely!
  10. Serve hot as desired. Place a dish towel over the bowl (make sure any bits of dough are picked out) and save it for next time you make biscuits! Then go subscribe to or follow Brenda on Facebook and YouTube and fall in love with her just like I did!


You can use low or nonfat buttermilk, though whole buttermilk will yield the best biscuits

I poured an entire 5lb bag of flower into a large deep mixing bowl for this recipe.

Helpful Equipment

  • Flour Sifter: Hand crank style, the style that Brenda uses!
  • Big Bowl: Use any super large mixing bowl you have, but this nice heavy pottery bowl is similar to the one in Brenda's videos.
  • Shallow Cast Iron Skillet: An ideal biscuit pan! This one is the same style as Brenda's, just a little smaller.
  • Biscuit Cutter:If you don't have a 50-year old pizza can like Brenda, a metal 2 or 3 inch round cutter is perfect.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 9 mins
  • Category: Breakfast, Bread
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Southern
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