National Buttermilk Biscuit Day

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Ah, National Buttermilk Biscuit Day. It's a glorious day for biscuit lovers everywhere. Whether you slather them in butter, smother them in gravy, or enjoy them all on their own, buttermilk biscuits are a breakfast staple that deserve to be celebrated. So, let's dive into the fluffy and flaky world of these buttery delights!

When is Buttermilk Biscuit Day?

It's national buttermilk biscuit day on the 14th May.

The Rise of Buttermilk Biscuits in Internet History

The internet has played a crucial role in popularizing National Buttermilk Biscuit Day. With 1763 online mentions and a peak on 14 May 2015, it's clear that people simply can't resist talking about these delectable treats. But where did it all begin?

Believe it or not, the origins of buttermilk biscuits can be traced back to the early 1800s. As pioneers ventured westward, they relied on simple ingredients that could withstand long journeys. Biscuits made with buttermilk quickly became a favorite amongst pioneers, as they were both delicious and easy to make.

Fast forward to the internet age, and the love for buttermilk biscuits has only grown stronger. Food bloggers, recipe websites, and social media platforms have all played a part in spreading the gospel of these fluffy wonders. Now, on National Buttermilk Biscuit Day, people rejoice in the chance to indulge in their favorite breakfast treat.

Fun Fact: Biscuit Terms Defined

Did you know that buttermilk biscuits have their own unique language? Here are a few biscuit-related terms to add to your baking vocabulary:

  • Biscuit Cutter: A round utensil used to cut biscuits from dough.
  • Shortening: A type of fat, often lard or vegetable oil, used to make biscuits tender and flaky.
  • Scones: A close cousin to biscuits, but typically sweeter and often filled with fruits or chocolate chips.
  • Dry Ingredients: The flour, salt, baking powder, and any other dry ingredients used to make biscuits.

Now that you're armed with biscuit knowledge, it's time to get baking and celebrate National Buttermilk Biscuit Day in style!

History behind the term 'Buttermilk Biscuit'


The First Recorded Use: Buttermilk and Biscuits

In 1843, the term 'buttermilk biscuit' was first recorded in literature in a cookbook called 'The Kentucky Housewife' by Lettice Bryan. The book featured a recipe for 'light bread' which used buttermilk as a leavening agent, resulting in fluffy and tender biscuits.


Introduction of Biscuit Mixes

In the late 1800s, companies like Bisquick and Jiffy introduced biscuit mixes, making it easier for people to enjoy homemade biscuits. These mixes typically included flour, baking powder, salt, and sometimes powdered buttermilk, which further popularized the use of buttermilk in biscuit recipes.


Cultural Icon: Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

Buttermilk biscuits became a cultural icon of Southern cuisine, particularly in states like Kentucky, Tennessee, and Georgia. The combination of buttermilk's tangy flavor and its ability to create a tender crumb made it a beloved ingredient in biscuit recipes passed down through generations.


Fast Food Chains and Biscuits

In the 1930s, fast food chains like Hardee's and Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits started offering buttermilk biscuits as a staple menu item. The convenience and deliciousness of these fluffy biscuits contributed to their widespread popularity across the United States.


Variations and Innovations

In recent years, buttermilk biscuits have continued to evolve, with chefs and home cooks finding innovative ways to enhance their flavors. Variations include adding ingredients like cheese, herbs, or even bacon to create unique and mouthwatering biscuit recipes.

Did you know?

Did you know that buttermilk biscuits have their own unique language? Here are a few biscuit-related terms to add to your baking vocabulary: Biscuit Cutter, Shortening, Scones, Dry Ingredients.


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