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Cooking With: Biscuits built right in Steamboat

Lil’ House’s Chris McKenzie perfects the comfort food

Chris McKenzie

Mae Mae’s Buttermilk Biscuits


1 ½ C all-purpose flour

3 C cake flour

1 ½ T baking powder

1 ¼ T salt

2 T sugar

6 oz. butter, cold and chopped

12 oz. buttermilk

2 t yeast

3 oz. water, 95-100 degrees

Pinch of sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit

  2. Place yeast, sugar and water in a bowl or cup to hydrate the yeast until it foams

  3. Scald milk in saucepan until the edges begin to bubble, then place in an ice bath to cool

  4. Combine remaining dry ingredients into a mixing bowl

  5. Use hands to rub chopped butter into the dry flour mixture. Continue to rub until butter is pea-sized.

  6. Fold in wet ingredients using hands until just mixed. Do not over mix. Dough should feel like supple leather when ready.

  7. Spread into greased baking dish, and score dough into 3-inch squares

  8. Proof for 45 minutes or until dough doubles in size

  9. Bake at 400 degrees F until golden brown (about 25 minutes)

Chris McKenzie, general manager and executive chef at Big House Burgers and Lil' House, prepares biscuits at Lil’ House.
John F. Russell