Buttermilk Thyme Biscuits

I invited a few friends over for lunch yesterday, and was having a little trouble coming up with an appropriate menu. It ended up being sort of a hodgepodge of delicious food, but it seemed to be missing something. And then I thought I would make some biscuits to sort of bring it all together. And, let’s face it, nothing makes a meal feel more special that some sort of homemade bread. I like to make lots of different variations of my buttermilk biscuits, so while I was mixing them up I decided that I would throw in some fresh thyme from the garden. Not a crazy amount. Just enough to perfume the biscuits with a delicious little herbal note. Which makes these biscuits the perfect accompaniment to a variety of savory meals, including chicken, pork, and steaks. I start by combining two cups of flour, two tablespoons of sugar, a teaspoon and a half of salt, two teaspoons of baking powder, and a half a teaspoon of baking soda in the bowl of my Kitchen Aid Mixer (though you can certainly do it all by hand with a pastry cutter, should you feel so inclined). I add one stick of cold diced butter, and mix until the butter is thoroughly cut into the flour, and resembles the consistency of Parmesan cheese. Meanwhile, I mixed one tablespoon of fresh thyme leaves into three fourths cup of cold buttermilk. I slowly add the buttermilk to the flour and butter mixture, and mix until just combined. (depending on the day you might need up to one fourth of a cup of additional buttermilk, so if the mixture appears dry don’t be afraid to add a little splash) I then turn the dough out onto a floured board, and gently knead it, folding the dough back over onto itself four or five times to create flaky layers. I then pat the dough out with my hands into an even thickness (about an inch), and cut them out using a floured biscuit cutter. (Depending on the size of cutter you use, you will end up with six to eight biscuits, but this recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.) I then refrigerate the cut biscuits for at least one hour (but up to twelve). When the thyme has come (buh dum bump!), line the biscuits up on a parchment lined baking sheet, brush the top of each with a beaten egg, and bake at 400º for about fifteen minutes, or until golden brown, and fully set. These biscuits are light and tender, flaky and flavorful. Serve them hot with butter and jam, and your guests won’t be able to stop talking about them.  Enjoy!

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20 responses to “Buttermilk Thyme Biscuits

  1. So funny…I just posted a recipe of thyme focaccia. I still have lots of fresh thyme so I really should try these biscuits!

  2. This looks wonderful! I love fresh homemade bread and it definitely adds a nice touch to any meal!

    • Hi Michelle!

      I agree, these days people don’t make their own bread very often. So any homemade bread (or quick bread) feels especially advantageous. And really, anyone can whip up a batch of biscuits in a couple of minutes. And nothing in the world beats freshly bread hot out of the oven. Delicious!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. ..these look amazing and seem to be very close to what we call scones in Ireland. Photography is excellent and very inviting.

  4. woman&warrior

    Wow, those look divine! And, the biscuits have soft loft. That’s really impressive. I’ll have to try our your recipe.

    Thank you for sharing!

  5. I bet these go with anything and any time of day. I would so love one (ok, two, ok, three) with my dinner.

  6. Absolutely delicious! I’ll have to try it out!

  7. These biscuts look perfectly light and fluffy. The added thyme is a great addition!

  8. I have never made biscuits – it never made it into the Italian repertoire – but once you started adding herbs – you have me. I love the light taste of thyme in these. I think I’d walk amile for these. (And do it in a mixer)

  9. Hi, I’ve just discovered your website and WOW what a discovery. Your food looks absolutely gorgeous. These biscuits or scones as we call them look so light & airy, I wish mine turned out that way. I will definately be trying this one. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Your biscuits are so fluffy! I can never get mine to puff up that much! Beautiful!

  11. Love biscuits! And you’re right – anyone can make biscuits. Just made some savory ones myself :-) These are so light and fluffy, too.

  12. I would just adore these I can tell. I love thyme and to have them in buttermilk biscuits, which are just to die for anyways…looks absolutely divine.

  13. Your biscuits look picture perfect! Love the addition of thyme!

  14. Again, this looks soo good! I could defintely do with one of those right now. I love buttermilk biscuits and especially with thyme. I am making this tomorrow!

  15. I am going to try this recipe Thyme is my favourite herb. Thank you

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