Traditional Buttermilk Tea Biscuits

Light and fluffy traditional buttermilk tea biscuits! I woke up today craving one topped with butter and jam. So I got baking bright and early. These are a wonderful way to start off the morning.

The biscuits have incredible rise and are layered with flaky, buttery goodness. Plus the recipe is so simple there really is no excuse not to make them part of your weekly baking regimen.



2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/4 tablespoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
cold butter (1/2 a cup or 1 stick of butter) *grated.
1 cup of buttermilk

* The butter must be very cold. Grate it against the wide side of your grater


PREHEAT oven to 400F
LINE one baking sheet with parchment paper

WHISK together first 4 ingredients
ADD grated butter, combining with a fork. Dough should resemble coarse crumbs.
ADD buttermilk and stir until dough comes together in a shaggy mess - hey, no other way to describe it!
LIGHTLY flour work surface
MOVE dough onto work surface and pat into a square about 1 inch thick
FOLD dough in half
PAT dough gently down into 1 inch thick square
WITH floured biscuit cutter or drinking glass, cut out circles. This recipe made 7 large biscuits for me.
PLACE biscuits on parchment lined baking sheet
MAKE a small indentation in the top of each biscuit. This will prevent them from flopping over when they rise during the baking process

BAKE for 15-18 minutes. Mine were perfect at 16 minutes on the dot !
REMOVE immediately from baking sheet and allow to cool on rack slightly

Top with butter, jam, lemon curd, clotted cream... the list goes on and on.


  1. You can add up to 3 tablespoons of sugar - it all depends on how sweet you like your biscuits.

  2. I could go for one right now! Maybe I will make them in the morning:)

  3. Just made these and they taste amazing! But sadly they didn't rise. They actually came out flatter and wider than before they were baked. I let my buttermilk come to room temp amd used cold butter straight from the fridge... and suggestions for next time? Thanks

    1. hmm very strange. be very careful that you do not overwork the dough. And ensure you added the correct amt of baking powder. Lastly preheat your oven and let it be at the full cooking temperature for at least 10 minutes before putting the biscuits in the oven. Good luck !


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Linda @ Lemon Drop