When it comes to comfort food, is there anything better than warm biscuits?
I woke up the other day craving a good home-cooked breakfast. And not just any breakfast, my mamaw’s soft, buttery, flaky biscuits.
Thankfully, she shared her recipe with me. In fact, by age 15 I had it memorized, that’s how many times we’ve baked these together.
So what’s a girl to do when biscuits are on her mind?
Jump up and get straight in that kitchen, of course. Because when I crave something, I REALLY crave it. Nothing stands in my way. Even when I have to decide between my warm blankets and the freezing cold tile floors in my kitchen.
That’s what fuzzy socks are for, am I right or am I right?
Now it’s time to get serious — because these are the BEST biscuits out there, no joke. And I’m so excited for you to try them. They’re comfort food at its finest.
So we’re all on the same page that homemade biscuits are delicious (obviously!), but we’re taking them a step further with elderberry whipped butter. Let me tell you, they go together like icing on a cupcake, PB & J, coffee and donuts… you get it!
Basically, you’ll never want a biscuit without it again.
The best part about these biscuits?
Only 20 minutes and 6 ingredients stand between your blissful biscuit-filled dreams and these golden, flaky biscuits straight from heaven. 5 more minutes and 2 additional ingredients — your elderberry whipped butter is ready to go!
Why Skip Biscuits in a Can
So many people opt for the can. I get it. It’s easy, convenient, and there’s no cleanup except tossing that can in the trash.
The thing is, you more than likely already have all of the ingredients to make homemade biscuits. Even more delicious and healthy biscuits.
Why do I say ‘healthy biscuits?’ Don’t worry, you read that right.
Typically, when you make something from scratch with good wholesome ingredients, it’s going to be way healthier than anything you buy pre-made.
I mean, have you taken a moment to look at those ingredients?
They contain enriched flour, palm oil, soybean oil, hidden trans fats (mono and diglycerides), fake flavors derived from petroleum (artificial flavors), and they’re preserved in a chemical that’s actually banned in other countries (TBHQ).
NO. HECK, NO!
If I can encourage you to do one thing differently in the kitchen (besides taking your daily dose of elderberry syrup, of course), it’s to READ LABELS.
Be curious. Ask yourself, what’s in this? Then, choose to skip these ready-to-go foods for home-cooked, because it’s still easy and so much better for you and your family.
I promise it’s always worth it — for your taste buds (because let’s be real, nothing beats homemade) and for your overall health.
Ingredients for Homemade Biscuits & Elderberry Whipped Butter
This homemade biscuit recipe creates a crisp, buttery exterior with a soft and flaky center. Top things off with elderberry whipped butter, aka — heaven on earth.
Here's what you'll need:
- All-purpose flour — easily substitute cup for cup gluten-free flour
- Baking powder — opt for aluminum-free
- Sugar and salt — add irresistible flavor
- Half and half — remember to keep refrigerated until right before use
- Butter — make sure to keep this very cold, straight from the fridge
- Organic elderberry syrup — always choose a syrup made with real ingredients
Tips for the Best Biscuits Ever
Follow these few tips, and you’ll master the art of biscuit-making in no time.
- Measure correctly. Especially with your flour. Make sure your measuring cup is full and always level the top.
- Use cold butter. This is key to making the best biscuits. I dice up the butter and then pop it back into the fridge until I’m ready to toss it into my flour mix. Cold butter creates those gorgeous fluffy layers, yum!
- Never over-mix. As soon as you combine your dry and liquid ingredients, it’s a matter of mixing until the dry ingredients are moistened. That’s it.
How To Make Biscuits From Scratch
Since this is a simple biscuit recipe, they can be on your table in less than 25 minutes.
Here are the quick steps on how to make them:
1. Cube butter.
Cube your butter into ½ inch cubes and pop them back into the fridge to stay cold.
2. Mix dry ingredients.
In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Whisk until thoroughly combined.
3. Add the cubed butter.
Add the cubed butter from the fridge into the flour mixture. Use a pastry blender to cut the butter into the flour until it’s pea-sized.
4. Pour in half and half.
Pour in all the half and half and stir into the dry ingredients until just moistened. If it seems to be too moist, dust with a handful of flour.
5. Fold for layers.
Place your dough onto a floured surface and fold until combined. Flatten into a rectangle and fold over 2-3 times (this creates flaky layers).
6. Cut out biscuits.
Flatten into a final rectangle about ½ inch thick, then cut out as many circles as you can. Biscuit cutters work great, but so does a small mason jar. Use what you have.
7. Bake away.
Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 450ºF for 10-13 minutes, or until golden. Once they are done, brush hot biscuits with melted butter.
How To Make Elderberry Whipped Butter
It’s super easy to whip up (pun intended) Elderberry Whipped Butter. It adds the perfect balance of sweetness to your biscuits.
Spread this creamy goodness on your homemade biscuits and feel what comfort food is all about.
1. Beat butter.
In a medium bowl, beat butter on low for 1 minute. Then, whip at medium speed for 1 minute. Finally, whip at high speed until light and fluffy.
2. Add elderberry syrup.
As the butter gets light and fluffy, slowly add in elderberry syrup and whip until thoroughly combined.
How Long Will This Whipped Butter Last in the Fridge?
Once you’ve made this Elderberry Whipped Butter, it will need to be refrigerated. It will stay good for 4 months. After that, you’ll need to toss it.
It’s so convenient to pull out and spread on:
- Even cornbread!
This recipe is truly easy, forgiving, and such a treat for breakfast (or anytime really).
These biscuits with Elderberry Whipped Butter always disappear faster than I can crank them out, and they’re a hit for my entire family. I’m sure they will be a hit with yours too!
Because c’mon, let’s be real — who can resist a warm buttery biscuit topped with the unique sweetness and goodness only elderberries can offer? Not me.