Brenda Gantt Biscuits Recipe

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Who doesn’t love Brenda Gantt’s famous biscuits? There’s a reason why this recipe is so popular. Homemade biscuits are closely related to the South and family get-togethers. Breakfast and dinner tables are ruled by these buttery, flakey, and warm biscuits. This is the best recipe if you want to try making biscuits at home.

The Brenda Gantt biscuits recipe is simple, and only a few ingredients are needed. Also, you don’t need much equipment, so cleaning up is simple! The fluffy biscuits will taste like the famous Southern grandma, Brenda Gantt, made them in your kitchen.

Quick Meal Facts about Brenda Gantt’s Biscuits Recipe

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cooking Time

10 minutes

Total Time

25 minutes

Ease of Cooking 

The biscuit recipe is easy to follow, and you don’t need any kitchen experience to prepare it. You will have good biscuits to eat at the end.


16 biscuits



Ingredients Required for the Brenda Gantt Biscuits Recipe

  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 4 cups self-rising flour
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening

To make self-rising flour:

  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt

Equipment Needed 

  • Biscuit cutter
  • Mixing bowls
  • Pastry Mat
  • 12-inch prepared cast iron skillet

Cooking Method

  1. If making self-rising flour for this recipe, mix the dry ingredients in a medium bowl for 30 seconds using a whisk, until thoroughly combined.
  2. Add the flour to a large mixing bowl and create a well in the middle.
  3. Add buttermilk and vegetable shortening (lard/butter) into the well.
  4. Mix the flour with your hand, starting from the outside edge into the center well of vegetable shortening and buttermilk.
  5. Continue by repeating the same process until the ingredients are completely incorporated.
  6. The end product should be a slightly sticky dough.
  7. Lay out the dough ball on a work surface that’s been covered with a layer of flour.
  8. Gently knead the dough into one large round with your hands until it’s ½ inch thick.
  9. Cut the biscuit rounds using a sizable round cookie cutter or biscuit cutter. To avoid any stuck dough, ensure the sides of the biscuit cutters have a little flour before each cut.
  10. Put them on a greased baking sheet or a buttered cast iron skillet.
  11. Bake the biscuits for 8-10 minutes on the middle rack of the oven at 500°F (or until golden/light brown – the cooking time will vary, depending on your oven). Biscuits rise slightly when at the correct temperature.
  12. When golden brown, take them out of the oven and serve immediately for the best biscuits.

Serving Suggestions for Brenda Gantt Biscuit Recipe

A wide range of toppings work nicely with biscuits; these biscuits are diverse and can be used in all mealtimes – breakfast, lunch and dinner. A few ideas to help you get creative are:

Traditional butter – There’s no better way to enjoy a biscuit! Add a thin layer of butter to your biscuit, and enjoy them with a cup of coffee.

Jam – Nothing beats spreading jam on a warm, flakey biscuit for breakfast.

Ham – Putting a piece of country ham between two biscuits to create a sort of biscuit sandwich is another traditional Southern way to enjoy these delicious biscuits. 

Fried chicken – Serving these biscuits with fried chicken, gravy, and a side of coleslaw is a great idea for dinner.

How to Store Brenda Gantt Biscuits

If you store your Brenda Gantt biscuits in the fridge, they may lose their texture, so the best option is to wrap them firmly in aluminum foil, cling film, or plastic wrap.

These biscuits can last up to one week, but the sooner you consume them, the better! If you want to put your biscuits in the freezer, cover them with plastic wrap or put them in a freezer bag to prevent freezer burn. Once frozen, your Brenda Gantt biscuits can be kept for 2-3 months.

How to Reheat Brenda Gantt Biscuits

Brenda Gantt biscuits can be eaten at room temperature. However, they taste even better when served hot, so it is recommended to serve these biscuits straight out of the oven.

But you can reheat your biscuits using various methods:

Reheat Brenda Gantt Biscuits Using a Saucepan

If you want to avoid making your biscuits soggy, wrap each biscuit in aluminum foil and heat them over a saucepan for approximately 30 seconds. Flip them over and heat them for another 30 seconds.

Reheat Brenda Gantt Biscuits Using a Microwave

If you want to reheat the Brenda Gantt biscuits in the microwave, place each biscuit in a moist paper towel and heat them for 45-60 seconds. The paper towel will soak up any excess moisture.

Reheat Brenda Gantt Biscuits in the Oven

Preheat the oven to 350°F and bake the biscuits for 5-7 minutes in a baking tray with parchment paper. 

Reheat Brenda Gantt Biscuits in the Air Fryer

Preheat the oven to 320°F and put the biscuits into the frying basket for 2-3 minutes.

Nutritional Information

Knowing the nutrition information of these biscuits will help you understand the appropriate serving sizes. Simply, one serving of Brenda Gantt biscuits has approximately 170-190 calories. The total fat in this recipe is 10%, and protein and carbohydrates are 9%, respectively. There is no monounsaturated fat, and the polyunsaturated fat percentage is as low as 2%.

Health Benefits

The flour in these baked Brenda Gantt biscuits is a good source of carbohydrates. However, self-rising flour has a high Glycemic Index, which may increase blood sugar. In addition, these buttermilk biscuits have a high-fat percentage that equals the recommended daily fat intake.

Therefore, consuming these biscuits too often may not be a good idea. Brenda Gantt’s biscuits are best served in moderation, meaning you should be aware of the correct amount of biscuits you can eat without affecting your health. Carbs and sugars can cause weight gain if too much is consumed.

How Can I Tweak the Brenda Gantt Biscuits Recipe?

If you don’t have vegetable shortening, substitute it with lard, butter or a 1:1 ratio of both. This combination will make the biscuits moist and flaky.


What if I don’t have self-rising flour?

Mix 4 cups of all-purpose flour, 2 tbsp of baking powder, and 1 tsp of salt to make self-rising flour.

Can I make my own buttermilk?

Yes, you can. Mix 250ml room-temperature milk with 1 tbsp of lemon juice or white vinegar to make your own buttermilk. Be sure to leave this mixture for 5-10 minutes to thicken up.

Is a cast iron skillet necessary?

The classic recipe uses a cast iron pan; however, a buttered baking sheet will also do the job. Using a baking sheet might be a better idea as it can hold large batches, unlike the cast iron pan, which can only hold about 10-16.

Can I store the biscuit dough if made in advance?

Yes, the dough can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days, covered in a bowl.


Brenda Gantt’s biscuits recipe is the epitome of home-style baking. They taste exactly like your grandma cooked them, just how they should be! They require only a few easily accessible ingredients and are easy to make if you follow the cooking tips offered in this post.

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