We have a fun twist on biscuits today with our Brown Butter Biscuits recipe. The browned butter gives an amazing depth of flavor that you just can’t get any other way. Just a couple extra steps is all it takes to get that brown butter flavor in your biscuits.
What is Brown Butter?
Brown butter is simply butter that has been browned. Melt butter in saucepan. Immediately after the butter is melted you will notice the color is yellow. As it starts to slowly cook in the pan, you will notice as the color subtly shifts from yellow to a more golden brown. The goal here isn’t to get the butter to be really dark, or burnt, but a nice caramel brown color. Then you know it’s done. Sometimes this color shift in the butter can happen quickly so make sure you keep an eye on it! We love Challenge butter and Kerrygold Butter.
Brown butter tastes a little like toffee when prepared correctly. So for our Brown Butter Biscuits recipe, it gives a nice hint of sweetness.
Tips for making Brown Butter Biscuits
– make sure to keep an eye on your butter when you are browning it. You don’t want it to get too dark, just a nice caramel brown color.
– When you are cutting in the butter with the biscuits it’s important that your butter is really color. Especially for this recipe because we are melting the butter prior. Just make sure it’s in the refrigerator for long enough to get completely cool and hardens.
– When you are cutting in the butter with the flour it is ok for little beads of butter to be present. That actually produces steam when the biscuits are being baked and helps make the biscuit flaky and fluffy.
– Don’t over knead your dough. You will get dense and hard biscuits!
Can Brown Butter Biscuits be frozen?
Yes, our browned butter biscuits recipe can be frozen. We recommend you place the uncooked biscuit onto a baking sheet not touching each other. Place them in the freezer until completely frozen then transfer to an airtight bag and store in your freezer for up to three months. Then bake when you are ready!
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Brown Butter Biscuits
- ¾ cup unsalted butter (1½ sticks) softened
- 1¾ cups all purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ¾ tsp kosher salt
- ½ cup buttermilk
- ¼ cup unsalted butter (½ stick) melted
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- Place butter into a small saucepan and melt over medium-low heat. Allow butter to barely come to a simmer for 7 to 9 minutes or until browned with a nutty aroma. Pour browned butter into a small bowl and allow butter to cool.
- Cover and refrigerate butter until butter hardens completely, about 2 hours. Cut butter into small cubes and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 450˚F.
- In a mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt and whisk together.
- Cut in butter until mixture becomes coarse and mealy.
- Add buttermilk and fold in until dough just comes together. Turn dough out onto a clean, lightly floured surface and gently roll out into a rectangle about ½ inch thick
- Fold dough into thirds, gently roll dough out again and fold dough into thirds the other direction. Gently roll dough out until 1 inch thick and cut into 2”x 2” squares.
- Place biscuits onto a parchment lined baking sheet, about 1 inch apart and bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and brush tops with melted butter.
- Bake for an additional 4 to 6 minutes. Remove from heat and allow biscuits to cool for 5 to 7 minutes. Serve warm.