Last Updated on July 19, 2020 by Chef Mireille
Classic Angel Biscuits
With three leavening agents, this southern classic is a NO FAIL BISCUIT RECIPE – guaranteed height and tenderness!
Angel Biscuits are a classic southern staple. Have it for breakfast with fried ham or sausage gravy, like they do or simply enjoy as is with melted butter for tea time. It is absolutely delicious.
Often called bride’s biscuit because these Classic Angel Biscuits are so easy to make even a new bride could make it, it has 3 leavening agents, leading to a super light and airy biscuit. It is like a cross between a classic Buttermilk Biscuit and a Parker House Roll.
This was my classic Southern breakfast of fried ham with milk gravy! Use this Gravy Recipe and just sub milk for stock!
How did Angel Biscuits get their name?
Because they have a tendency to split apart when baked because of the way they are rolled, folded and rolled. This splitting resembles angel’s wings to some and this is how it got it’s name.
Although they are great as is, you all know I have a penchant for spice. So I added some herbs and a little red pepper to make them even more flavorful. With the seasoning, they are delicious as is and really do not need any accompaniment.
What size pan should I use?
Angel Biscuits are traditionally made in cast iron pans. I have a 10” and a 14”. Unfortunately, one was too big and one was too small. I used the 10” and a small 4” I have for an extra biscuit.
Ideally, if you have a 12” cast iron skillet, that would be the perfect size.
This is only if you are making them all at one time, but the dough can be prepared several days in advance.
Can I prepare Angel Biscuit dough in advance?
YES YOU CAN!
Prepare the dough and let it rise for 2 hours. You can then refrigerate the dough in a closed container for up to 5 days.
If you like, you can prepare the dough on the weekend. Then every morning just make 1 or 2 of them for breakfast!
How do Angel Biscuits get their light and airy texture?
Instead of rolling out the biscuit dough, the dough is patted with your palms, folded and then patted again. This procedure is done at least 2x for light and airy biscuits!
Cutting out Angel Biscuits
Normally, when we make biscuits, we dip the biscuit cutter in flour. We then press the biscuit cutter down and twist out the biscuits. DON’T DO THAT!
Since Angel Biscuits are made with yeast, this will cause them to deflate. You want to cut out these Herbed Angel Biscuits using an up and down motion a few times. Then carefully lift out the biscuit from the remaining dough.
There is no way you can fail with these yeast raised biscuits!
That melted butter before and after make all the difference!
Guaranteed light, airy and tender biscuits!
Herbed Angel Biscuits
- 1 package instant yeast 2 1/4 teaspoons
- ¼ cup warm water
- 3 ½ – 4 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 6 tablespoons cold butter
- ¼ cup cold vegetable shortening
- 1 cup warm buttermilk
- 4 tablespoons butter melted
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Place warm water (about 120 F) in a shallow bowl. Sprinkle yeast on top and wait until it becomes foamy (5-10 minutes).
- In a large bowl, combine 3 ½ cups of the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, parsley, thyme and red pepper. Stir to combine.
- Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter and shortening until it is the size of small peas.
- Heat buttermilk until it is lukewarm, about 1 minute in the microwave.
- Add buttermilk to the proofed yeast and mix to combine.
- Add the buttermilk combination a little at a time, until you have a soft and elastic dough.
- Add a little more flour if necessary, if the dough is too wet. The dough should be soft and elastic, but not sticky.
- Place in a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap sprayed with non stick spray. Cover with a kitchen towel.
- Leave to rest in a warm place for about 2 hours, until doubled in size.
- Preheat oven to 400 F. Spray a 12” cast iron pan with non stick spray.
- On a lightly floured surface, pat dough to about 1” thick.
- Fold over twice into a triangle and pat to 1” thick again. Repeat.
- Using a 3” biscuit cutter, cut out biscuits using an up and down motion.
- Transfer to prepared pan with biscuits touching.
- Repeat and pat and fold procedure with the leftover dough and cut out the remaining biscuits.
- Cover with a kitchen towel and leave to rest for 15 minutes.
- Combine melted butter with salt and mix to combine or use salted butter.
- Brush biscuits with melted butter.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, until slightly golden.
- Brush with melted butter again when you remove them from the oven.
As you can see by the recipes from the other Bread Bakers, Angel Biscuits are absolutely the most popular yeast raised biscuit in America.
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Bread Bakers July 2020
Biscuits and Scones
- Angel Biscuits from A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Buttery Jeera Biscuits from Sneha’s Recipe
- Cheddar Herb Scones from Food Lust People Love
- Cheddar and Chive Blossom Scones from Palatable Pastime
- Cheese and Herbs Scones from Ambrosia
- Chocolate Scones from Passion Kneaded
- Freeze and Bake Yeasted Mini Ginger Scones from A Messy Kitchen
- Laminated Biscuits from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Herbed Angel Biscuits from The Schizo Chef
- Sourdough Orange Biscuits from Zesty South Indian
- Sourdough Sandwich Biscuits from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Yeast-Raised Angel Biscuits from Making Miracles
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