Cathead Biscuits

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This is the old-time recipe from our grandmamas. There is no real measurement in this for the shortening. Wonderful and tasty heavy biscuit from the old times. Great with homemade sausage gravy. Always always always use White Lily® flour for the fluffiest biscuits. I usually don't always use all of the buttermilk. I seem to usually have just under a 1/4 cup leftover.

close up view of Cathead Biscuits in a baking dish
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Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 large biscuits

Ingredients

  • 4 cups self-rising flour (such as WhiteLily®)

  • 1 pinch salt (Optional)

  • 3 tablespoons room-temperature vegetable shortening (such as Crisco®), or as needed

  • 1 ¾ cups buttermilk, or as needed

  • ¼ cup melted butter for brushing, or to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat an oven to 475 degrees F (245 degrees C). Grease an 8-inch cake pan.

  2. Sift flour and salt together into a large mixing bowl. Make a dent in flour by pushing flour from center toward sides of bowl. Add 2 walnut-size lumps of shortening and a splash of buttermilk to the flour where you made the dent. Work the shortening into the flour using fingers in a twisting motion (rub thumb against pointer and middle finger motion) until the shortening is fully incorporated into the flour.

  3. Pour buttermilk into the flour about 1/4 cup at a time, continuing to work it in with your fingers until the buttermilk is completely incorporated into a sticky dough.

  4. Roll dough into 8 large balls and drop into prepared cake pan, working around the outside and putting the last one in middle to fill the pan. Press dough balls with back of fingers to flatten until they touch and are about 3/4- to 1-inch thick.

  5. Bake in preheated oven until the tops are golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Brush tops with melted butter.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

336 Calories
12g Fat
49g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 336
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 910mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 275mg 21%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 160mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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