Monday, February 13, 2017

Southern Buttermilk Biscuits with Tanya Eavenson

Jan here. And in case you were wondering what I did this weekend....

Our oldest son married his sweetie, and it was a wonderful day.

Meanwhile, I'd like to introduce a guest for our Monday post. Tanya Eavenson is in the Cafe today with a fabulous biscuit recipe. This is definitely a Southern recipe, as you can tell from the White Lily Flour - a Southern staple! But it looks delicious, and I'm going to have to try it.

So everyone say hello to Tanya!

Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

with Tanya Eavenson

2 cups of White Lily Self-Rising Flour
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled in freezer & sliced into thin slices
½ tablespoon of sugar
1 teaspoon salt
¾ cup cold buttermilk (or you can substitute milk)

large bowl
pastry cutter or knife
cookie cutters
baking sheet
non-stick parchment paper


Place unsalted butter in freezer.

Preheat oven at 425 degrees.

Line baking sheet with non-stick parchment paper.

Whisk flour, salt, & sugar together in a large bowl.

Add sliced butter into the flour mixture & blend together with a pastry cutter until mixture crumbles.

Make a crater in the center of the flour mixture & add in ¾ cup of milk.

Fold flour over milk until it becomes slightly sticky to the touch, but don’t stir or over work the dough.

Add flour to work surface & then add the dough.

Flatten with palm into a rectangle, folding the dough like a tri-fold brochure. Repeat this step 2-3 times.

Palm dough on a floured surface about ¾ inch thick and cut out biscuits with cookie cutters. Place on lined baking sheet. Bake 10-15 minutes until tops are golden brown.

Thank you, Tanya!

Don't these biscuits look delicious? And with the fun heart and star shapes, they would be perfect for Valentine's Day tomorrow!

Speaking of Valentine's Day, Tanya has a new book out:

Click here to order!
To Gain a Valentine: 
Pediatrician Patrick Reynolds works wonders with sick children, yet when it comes to pets, he’s clueless. But caring for his sister’s menagerie while she’s on vacation is the perfect answer to working through a broken engagement. Hoping to escape the memories, he returns to his hometown, the last place he'd expect to find love.
Life as a single mom is never easy, but pet shop owner Amabelle Durand has found contentment. When an old friend returns to care for his sister’s pets, he enlists her assistance to keep the animals alive. But when Amabelle's young daughter falls ill, she finds herself attracted to more than the handsome pediatrician’s medical skills.
As Valentine's Day approaches, will Patrick and Amabelle miss out on the love they've always desired? Or will their love take flight under the stars on this very special night? 

Tanya Eavenson is a bestselling and an award-winning inspirational romance author. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their three children. Tanya is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Word Weavers International. Her favorite pastime is grabbing a cup of coffee, eating chocolate, and reading a good book. You can find her at her website on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Google, or on Amazon.


  1. I love buttermilk biscuits! SO delicious.

    Beautiful cover, Tanya! And the story sounds so romantic.

    1. Doesn't that cover just draw you in?

    2. Thank you for your sweet words about my cover, Mary Jane! And buttermilk biscuits are soooo good. It's hard to eat just one! =) Grateful for your visit!

  2. P.S. Congratulations on the wedding, Jan!

  3. Good morning, Tanya. Welcome to the cafe.

    I've never heard of White Lily flour (I guess because I live up north). Is it a brand name, so I could just substitute in a different self-rising flour?

    The shaped biscuits remind me of how I used to like to bake with my daughters when they were little.

    Thanks for being with us today, your book sounds like a fun read.

    1. Yes, Mary Cate. It's a brand. So you can use your brand of choice. But maybe I should mail you some! :)

    2. Definitely a Southern thing. When we lived in Kentucky, I had friends who never baked without White Lily. :)

    3. Hi Cate!

      It never occurred to me that White Lily is a southern brand. I guess it makes it more Southern! LOL! But as Missy mentioned, you can use the flour of your choice.

      Thank you for your warm welcome! I'm thrilled to be here!

    4. Tanya, it never dawned on me either! I've just always seen the flour in my stores!

  4. Jan, the bride and groom look so happy. I wish them a lifetime of that joy.

  5. Tanya, welcome! I'm so glad you shared this recipe. I have had terrible luck trying to make biscuits. But you make me want to try again! Maybe this time I won't make hockey pucks. LOL

    1. Thank you, Missy! I'm not sure why making biscuits is so difficult, but I've had my share of hockey pucks as well. Can you imagine serving them to your mother-in-law! Yep! LOL! But that's a different story! =) Hope this recipe is a winner for you!

  6. Jan, congrats to your family! What a beautiful photo!

    1. LOL! Hockey pucks!

      We had so much fun at the wedding. It's good to see these two together. :)

  7. So glad the weather cooperated with the wedding!!!!! You guys sent all the snow eastward!

    I've never made biscuits. Ever. These look yummy and love the shapes.

    1. The weather MORE than cooperated! We were hoping for clear roads, and we got sun!

      I can't believe the storm the NE is getting today! It's a hunker-in kind of day there.

    2. Thank you, Kav! I think you'll love them!

  8. Hi, Tanya. Oh, I do love me some buttermilk biscuits. And the heart cutouts are a great idea for Valentine's Day. Nothing says lovin' like some homemade biscuits.

    1. Yes, it's hard to let a plate of buttermilk biscuits go by! Especially when they're heart shaped! =) YUM!

  9. Now I want biscuits and romance, dagnabbit!!!!

    And maybe chocolate.


    All three!!!!

    Tanya, thanks for being here today, and Jan I'm soooo glad all went well. Happy dancing in upstate!!! With snow!

    1. You made me smile, Ruth! These are some of my favorite things! And books, can't forget books. =)

      Loved being here and spending time with you all!

  10. I got to be in the NYC blizzard last Thursday.... So getting out of NYC was tricky and getting home wasn't bad... but they're in the hammer zone it seems, and I want to tell you, those big cities with a foot or two of snow are CRAZY.

    I still want biscuits!

    1. Define crazy. :)

      I looked out my window (while it was still snowing) and my street was already completely clear of snow. They get rid of the snow crazy fast for sure.