Fluffy Angel Biscuits
“Angel Biscuits that bake ups so tender and flaky! Easy, old-fashioned recipe using simple ingredients!”
Visual learner? Watch me make these angel biscuits from start to finish!
If biscuits and yeast rolls had a baby, it would be angel biscuits. Angel biscuits are the perfect blend of flaky buttermilk biscuits and a soft, squishy yeast rolls. Don’t believe me? Make them!
I made these for my boys this week. Their response after tasting them: “oh yeah..it is a biscuit and a roll.”
I’m convinced that these were the “muh-mama-biscuits” that Martin Lawrence went crazy over on the show Martin. Their aroma scents the house so nicely! I love this episode of Martin and them doggone biscuits!
If you’re from the South, chances are you’ve run into angel biscuits many times. Angel biscuits are simply heavenly! So light and fluffy from all that leavening with such a fantastic buttery, buttermilk flavor. It’s a nice change of pace, and any leftovers are perfect with jelly or sausage biscuits.
Unfortunately, we devoured these little clouds in one sitting, but they are already on my Saturday morning breakfast menu.
You start these angel biscuits by proofing the yeast. Adding yeast is what gives these biscuits their fluffy, yeast roll texture, along with baking soda, salt, and baking powder. Now you see why they are called Angel biscuits, huh? These babies can rise to the heavens! Don’t worry if some of your biscuits are oddly shaped. That’s what gives them character. “Angel biscuits do whatever the good Lord tells them too”. Sometime mine rise right out of the pan! Placing them closer together helps keep them more uniform.
What is the best flour for biscuits?
Two words for ya: White Lily! If you don’t have access to this brand, head to Amazon, and snag a bag. It’s a soft winter wheat flour and just the best thing for making tender, fluffy biscuits. Of course, they are still amazing with regular all-purpose flour if you need to make do with what ya have on hand.
How to make the Best Angel Biscuits
- Keep the dough as wet as you can without it sticking. By this, I mean use JUST enough flour to keep the dough from sticking to everything. Adding too much flour will result in a dry angel biscuit. Boo.Hiss.
- Don’t twist the biscuit cutter. Sometimes it’s so hard not to twist the cutter, I know. Twisting the cutter will seal the dough and keep the biscuits from rising. Push the cutter straight down into the dough and then bring it back up. No twisting, ok.
- Bake on the middle rack and broil on low for the last minute to create golden tops
Should I let my angel biscuits sit overnight?
Ummm…yeah, you should do that for the BEST flavor and texture. Just about every vintage Southern cookbook I own recommends this step. I’ve never done this step, but I suppose I should. I mean, cold biscuits do bake up better. Nah, nevermind I want muhbiscuits nooooooooow! If you decide to let them sit overnight you can just throw the whole ball of dough in the fridge overnight and then cut them out the next day. Easy, peasy, sleezy!
Careful, these melt-in-your-mouth angel biscuits just might become your new favorite! Don’t blame me if you find yourself making them back to back and then wondering where they went to!! They are dangerous and I’m not sure “angel” was the correct name for them.
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Get the Recipe: Homemade Angel Biscuits
- 1/4 cup warm water (125 F)
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1 package Rapid Rise Instant yeast (1/4 oz), (2¼ teaspoons)
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour , ( I prefer White Lily flour)
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, chopped +more for brushing finished biscuits
- 1/4 cup butter-flavored shortening
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
- First, proof the yeast by add warm water and sugar to a glass measuring cup or bowl.
- Stir in the yeast.
- Let yeast proof while moving on the next step.
- In a large bowl, sift or whisk together sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt.
- Using a pastry cutter, cut in butter and shortening until mixture resembles small crumbs.
- Make a well in the center of the bowl and pour in the yeast mixture and buttermilk, stirring to combine just the yeast and buttermilk.
- Next begin pushing the flour mixture into the well, until everything is combined and a dough has formed.
- Lightly flour a work surface and turn the dough out on the work surface.
- Gently knead the dough to incorporate all the crumbs until you have a mound of soft, pliable dough.
- Fold the dough several times (this will create layers in your finished biscuits.)
- Pat the dough out into a 1-inch thick rectangle.
- Using a floured 2.5 inch round biscuit cutter, cut out 8-10 biscuits. (do not twist the cutter, simply go straight down and pull up)
- Place biscuits on a lightly greased pan, about 1/2 inch apart. ( My 9-inch pan held 8 biscuits)
- Cover pan loosely with plastic wrap and place in a very warm, draft-free location. (I put mine in the oven with just the pilot light on)
- Let rise for 1-hour and then preheat oven to 400 F.
- Remove plastic wrap and gently brush the tops with a light coating of heavy whipping cream. (This will help with browning)
- Bake for 10-12 minutes. (check on it at the 8-minute mark) Turn the oven to a low broil during the last minute to create golden tops (be sure to watch it constantly while broiling to prevent burning)
- Brush with melted butter as soon as they come out of the oven.
When working with yeast a friend of mine is a cook. He has worked in restaurants and when he would go over to his brothers house he would make bread he said that you always, always, always have shoes on so that your dough will come out right. And sometimes with cakes too.
I’ve had so much trouble making biscuits but these were really good and I didn’t mess them up like I thought I would. They didn’t even all turn out perfect and round, but even the funny-looking ones were good. I think I will stick with this and stop being sad because I always mess up the three-ingredient ones. Thank you for making it easy!
My dough was very wet, and I kept adding more White Lily flour until I had nearly 4-41/2 cups. I think the problem was with the added butter flavor ingredient…I used Brummel and Brown and I think it added too much water. One cup buttermilk seems like a lot. I may have to cut that back to 1/2 cup. Next time I’ll make them with ALL butter butter instead of the flavored stuff. They are rising now so I’ll see what happens tonight when I cook them. They sound wonderful if I can get them to work.
Please help – I don’t know where I went wrong! I double and triple checked the ingredients and even bought the recommended White Lily flour. Both times I have tried this I have ended up with biscuit soup. Even after adding almost a full cup of flour, it was still unmanageably sticky. Help!
I recommend watching the video…. you may catch where you went wrong
First couple of attempts turned out like dinner rolls. But the video was proof of what they should look like so I kept trying. I had to set my convection bake at 375 instead of 400 and they were finally perfect! Of course I have never baked biscuits before so I didn’t know to keep butter very cold until ready to use. I did many things wrong the first time. Now everything is perfect! This is an amazing recipe and I only use this now. My family loved it! Biscuits are tasty, soft, fluffy…and oh so good! I love the sweetness so I don’t need to add jelly or anything. Thank you for this amazing recipe!
Lawd, have mercy! This is my SECOND TIME making them. They are SOOOOO DELICIOUS!!!!! I couldn’t stop eating them. I ran out and HAD to make some more. This time, I’m not even gon’ wait and let them rise. They are going straight into the oven. LOOOVE THEM!!! THANK YOU!!!