Homemade Biscuits

This flaky biscuit recipe by Kay Allison pairs deliciously with homemade jam. Biscuit making is serious business for Kay Allsion, owner of Rise Biscuit Co.  She remembers baking with her mother growing up on an Arizona dairy farm, and even though this urban-dweller has traded in her diary days for a life in the city, she hasn’t forgotten how to bake the perfect biscuit. She loves getting creative with sweet and savory mix-ins, and her company even sells biscuit making kits for the home cook!


  • 3 cups flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup cold butter
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup milk


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Pour flour, baking soda, powder, and salt into a large bowl.
  3. Add shortening and butter. Cut with pastry cutter until well mixed. Pour in buttermilk and milk. Use wooden spoon to mix until blended.
  4. Pour onto floured surface and bring dough together with hands, without over-mixing.
  5. Pour out dough to about 3/4 inch thick. Fold in half. Add mix-ins if desired. Repeat two times.
  6. Using biscuit cutter, cut out your biscuits.
  7. Bring the extra dough together again and fold once, pat out and cut.
  8. Place on baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes or until done.

Photography by Breanne Johnson

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