What is a Cathead Biscuit?
Cathead biscuits are a Southern staple whose name refers to their large size (about as big as a cat’s head). The dough for this hand-rolled biscuit recipe is made by incorporating flour into the wet ingredients, instead of the reverse.
I don’t do the reverse of the above by adding the dry ingredients into the wet, I mix my dry ingredients, shortening and butter, then pour my buttermilk in. I’ve always done it this way.
Who still makes Cat head biscuits today? I started making them years ago. Not from a recipe my mom taught me because she passed away when I was 11 years old (if you still have your mom around today, give her a Big Hug) but from a recipe my ex-husband taught me. I tried to get over on him and make Bisquick Biscuits instead of the real thing as they were easier and pretty much looked the same. But, I couldn’t get it past him so I had to practice and finally got to the point where I made a pretty dang good biscuit…
What about you? Who still makes the best Cat head biscuit today?
We had fresh biscuits tonight with sliced pork. Yum, delicious.
This is my easy cat head biscuit recipe. I make these from memory, never measure so you may have to tweak here and there:
2 C self-rising flour
1 tsp ground Flaxseed
2 Tbl Butter, cold pieces
1/3 C Shortening (I use Nutiva shortening)
1 – 1.5 C Buttermilk
Mix dry ingredients, shortening and butter pieces, add 1+ C Buttermilk until mix is kind of sticky but holds together.
Pour out onto dusted flour on the counter. Make a roll with the dough and take off a small handful per biscuit. Roll into a ball tucking the ends under and making a smooth surface, use the flour to help. Flatten out to about 1/2 inch and a round circle. Lay tucked end down.
Let sit for up to 15 minutes before baking. Use a cast iron skillet to bake in if possible.
Bake at 400 degrees for 18 minutes or so. If frozen, bake at 22 minutes.
Love these biscuits. I usually make an extra amount, let them set out for 15-20 minutes to rise, place them on a cookie sheet and into the freezer. Once frozen, place them in a ziplock freezer bag.
Comment below your favorite cathead biscuit recipe. Do you make them for your family and friends?