Mr. Magpie’s Buttermilk Biscuits.

By: Jen Shoop
The best buttermilk biscuit recipe you will ever taste -- courtesy of Mr. Magpie.

I’ve been pestering Landon for years to share some of his recipes with the Magpie community, and I finally wore him down. He’s not been gatekeeping — he’s just particular and studied about his recipes, and he’s wanted to perfect them over time. (A process of which I have been the happy beneficiary.) I could not be more thrilled to share his unbelievably delicious buttermilk biscuit recipe today. These are buttery, beautifully laminated biscuits that will undoubtedly outshine whatever else you’re enjoying them with. We usually have them with fried chicken and collards, but they’d also be magnificent for brunch/breakfast with eggs or served with jams and fruits. On recent bakings, he’s swapped out a portion of the flour for cake flour and the result is a biscuit with the loveliest, softest crumb. You will lose your mind.

I apologize that the photo above is the only one I have of these outrageously delicious biscuits — I normally take the time to shoot in better light — but my lack of care should reflect how eager I was to dig in.


Flour – 3.25 c (475 g) – use up to 130g of cake flour for a more tender, cake-like biscuit.
Baking powder – 4 tsp (16 g)
Baking soda – 0.5 tsp (3 g)
Salt – 1 tbsp (10 g)
Sugar – 3.0 tsp (12 g)
Butter – 8 oz (225 g) – separated by 4 oz diced ¼” cubes and 4 oz diced ½” cubes, frozen for not more than 30 minutes
Buttermilk – up to 1.5 c (360 ml) – less on a rainy day, more on a clear, dry day
Melted butter, for brushing on the biscuits
Maldon sea salt, for sprinkling


  1. Be flexible when adding buttermilk. The weather / environment can change how much buttermilk is needed.
  2. Don’t overwork the dough or touch it too much with your hands. You don’t want the butter to melt before putting it in the oven. Keeping everything very cold (especially the butter and the
    buttermilk) will help.


Adjust an oven rack to the top position. Preheat the oven to 425 F.

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, kosher salt, and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Mix well so all ingredients are well integrated.

Add ¼” cubes of butter to flour. Rub and pinch until flour mixture looks well crumbled. Add the ½” cubes of butter and rub and pinch until larger butter pieces are pebble/pea sized. The ¼” cubes are mixed when the mixture looks “well crumbled.” The ½” is done when mixture looks pebble/pea sized.

Make a well in the center of the bowl, pour the buttermilk into the well, and mix by hand or with a spatula until the dough comes together. This will produce a very dry and shaggy dough.

Turn the dough onto lightly floured work surface, dust dough with flour, and roll it into a ½-inch thick rectangle (12” x 9”), applying even pressure and squaring off the edges. Laminate the dough by folding it into thirds, like a letter (a bench scraper may be helpful), and dust with flour; rotate 90 degrees, then
roll the dough into a ½-inch thick rectangle again. Repeat this procedure several times – I shoot for a total of seven times. Dust with flour as necessary. Optional – refrigerate for one hour between laminations.

Place the rectangle of biscuit dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper – the dough should almost fill a quarter sheet. Using a bench scraper or similar implement, make a ¼” cut around the perimeter edge of the dough and then cut into squares (this will yield approximately 8 to 9 biscuits). Chill the cut biscuits for an hour.

Bake the biscuits until they are golden brown, about 25 minutes, plus or minus 5. Remove them from the oven, brush the tops of the biscuits with melted butter and sprinkle them with the sea or Maldon salt. Let rest for 15 minutes on a wire rack.


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2 thoughts on “Mr. Magpie’s Buttermilk Biscuits.

  1. I’ve been looking for a biscuit recipe to try to recreate the Tatte biscuit egg sandwiches at home! Going to try these this weekend.

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