I’ve lost count of the gluten-free biscuit variations I’ve tried over the past couple of years. I was determined to produce a gluten-free buttermilk biscuit that was as fluffy, soft and tempting as traditional biscuits.
Last week, a reader emailed me a recipe that I just had to try. (Thanks, Katy!) This version is loosely adapted from that recipe and I am very happy with it!
While working on this recipe, I’ve made these biscuits four times now in less than a week and my kids are thrilled about that. They have been eating PB&J biscuit sandwiches, breakfast sandwiches, biscuits with butter and jam, biscuits with whipped honey butter and biscuits on their own straight out of the oven.
However, you serve these, they are delicious.
Tender Fluffy Gluten Free Buttermilk Biscuits
- 2 cups brown rice flour plus 2-4 tablespoons extra as needed
- ⅓ cup tapioca starch
- ¼ cup potato starch
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
- ¼ cup butter cold and cubed very small or use this awesome method
- 1 cup buttermilk or this buttermilk substitute
- 1 extra large egg
- Preheat the oven to 425°F. Whisk together the dry ingredients and set aside. Cube the cold butter as small as possible and then toss with the dry ingredients. Cut in the cold butter pieces until the mixture resembles a course meal with little pea size or smaller lumps throughout. I find it easiest to use a pastry blender for this task.
- Whisk the egg into the milk and then pour into the dry ingredients in the mixing bowl. Stir just long enough to combine. The mixture should be somewhat dry and just a tiny bit sticky at this point. If it is still wet at this point, add more brown rice flour just a tablespoon at a time.
- Sprinkle a tablespoon of flour onto a counter-top or a pastry mat. Dump the dough out onto this surface and sprinkle a half tablespoon or so of flour across the top of the dough. Lightly press the dough with your hands to flatten it to about 3/4″-1″ thickness. Add just a sprinkling more flour as needed, to make sure the dough isn’t too sticky.
- Use a biscuit cutter, round cookie cutter or drinking glass to cut the biscuit shapes out of the dough. You can also shape them with your hands, if that is more your style. Place the cut biscuits on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet. Shape the remaining dough into biscuits with your hands. Bake for 14-16 minutes, until the bottom of the biscuits are lightly browned. (The tops of these biscuits will not brown much at all, so do not wait for the traditional golden top!) Remove from the oven and transfer to a basket or cooling rack. Enjoy!
17 Comments Leave a comment or review
Tricia @ Saving room for dessert says
Good for you Mary! These look great. Your perseverance is impressive 🙂 I sure love a good biscuit!
Big Dude says
Hard to beat a good biscuit and I rate them first by whether they split a little in the middle while baking. Nice job Mary
These look and sound so perfect and tasty! Yum!!
Yeah, can't wait to try these! I've been looking for a good GF biscuit recipe.
Katy Alldredge says
Loved them quick question doubling the recipe .. would I need to change anything?
Hi Katy, I don't think anything would need to be changed in order to double this recipe. Just go easy on the extra flour initially and only add more according to how sticky the dough is. Good luck! I'm glad you liked them.
Gomo cHowDivine says
I am excited to try these! I love biscuits, but had a hard time finding a good gluten-free recipe for them. Thanks Mary!
Erin Davy says
Have you ever made these ahead of time & frozen them – before baking? If so, do you bake straight from freezer or thaw first?
I have not tried that. I've frozen the leftover biscuits, after baking them though and it worked fine. If I were going to try it, I'd probably put them in the oven frozen. (The same way I do with frozen cookie dough.) If you try it with the uncooked biscuits, let me know how it works for you!
I made these tonight and they are fantastic!!! super easy to put together, the texture AND taste are just delicious! Thanks =) and on to try more of your recipes!
Recipe looks good! But a question: do you have any ideas on substitutes for the brown rice flour? Trying to not use too much of it because of arsenic concerns.
You should be able to substitute oat flour in this particular recipe, Rachel. I hope that helps!
Jacquee W. says
I made these with a oat flour, almond meal, rice milk and smart balance spread, and they are delicious!
Tried these after great success with the GF flour tortilla recipe with similar ingredients. Best GF biscuits we have had by far! Looked and tasted like the real thing! OK, so not browned on top. Absolutely nobody cared! I even see Biscuits and gravy one morning since the texture is spot on. Thanks for the great recipe! Laura
Gluten Free Adventures In and Out of my Kitchen says
Hello, I have been doing gluten free cooking for many years. I have yet to make a good biscuit. I am going to try your recipe and hope I have found one finally! I have a question what is difference in using white rice flour and the brown rice flour that you use? I am very stocked up with white rice flour and would like to use it. I enjoyed this site and your recipes very much. Thanks, Rochelle
You should be able to use those flours interchangeably. I simply prefer the flavor of brown rice flour, just a little bit nutty and more reminiscent of whole wheat, and it's nutritional benefits. I've swapped them in the past though without any trouble at all.
Gluten Free Adventures In and Out of my Kitchen says
Thanks Mary. I will let you know when I try biscuits and how they come out.