Sourdough Angel Biscuits

Sourdough Angel Biscuits are delightfully soft and tender biscuits made with three different types of leavenings.
Sourdough Angel Biscuits

Sourdough Angel Biscuits

By Sue Lau |  Palatable  Pastime

Sourdough Angel Biscuits is my recipe of the day with the group Bread Bakers. We get together once per month  to bake different breads and share the recipe.

This month we were asked to prepare a breakfast bread using sourdough or yeast.

Sourdough Angel Biscuits

I  love biscuits for breakfast so using yeast in a recipe for Angel biscuits was perfect.

What types of  leavening do Angel Biscuits use?

Angel biscuits are so called because they use three different kinds of leavening  to make them extra light, soft, and fluffy. Usually these are  yeast, baking powder and baking soda.

Instant Sourdough Yeast Packets

This month  I decided to try using  a new yeast which imparts sourdough flavor without the need of a sourdough starter.

This  is  great  because  if you  don’t use that  much sourdough starter, you  don’t have to be burdened with the care and feeding of a starter.

It is  made my  Red Star.  If you can’t find it at your  market, you can easily get it online.  I know I had to look at several  stores to find it locally.

I  thought the yeast had an interesting darker color,  which seems to show up in the  biscuits.

Texture is Wonderfully   Soft

You should  minimally handle your dough, and  it will become very pillowy soft texturally.

I always try  to avoid overhandling. Perhaps in excess as  you can see in my pic that  not all were  perfectly smooth, which a little more mixing and kneading would have solved.

But despite a few dough lines,  I did get the softness I wanted. Who cares about a line or two? I don’t, if it means tender biscuits.

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Sourdough Angel Biscuits

Sourdough Angel Biscuits

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Sourdough Angel Biscuits

Sourdough Angel Biscuits

Sue Lau
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Proof time 30 minutes
Course Bread, Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 10 large biscuits


  • 12" cast iron skillet
  • food processor with shredding blade (or a box grater)
  • pastry cutter and biscuit cutter


  • 1 (18 gram) packet Red Star Platinum Instant Sourdough Yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (115F)
  • 5-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening (Crisco)
  • 3/4 cup frozen grated unsalted butter
  • 1-2/3 cup (full fat) buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter


  • Mix contents of sourdough yeast with 1/4 cup warm water. in a large mixing bowl.
  • Stir in the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
  • Use a pastry blender or forks to mix shortening into the flour mix until crumbly.
  • Shred frozen butter using a shredder disk on a food processor or a box grater.
  • Gently mix in the frozen butter shreds trying to handle with your hands as little as possible.
  • When dough comes together, pat it out on a lightly floured surface, patting with your hands rather than rolling.
  • Grease a 12-inch cast iron skillet or other suitable baking pan with shortening.
  • Cut out biscuits with a cutter and fit into the prepared pan.
  • Place in a proofer at 100F (I use the proof setting on my toaster oven) or place in another warm draft free place and allow to rise for about 30-40 minutes.
  • While dough proofs, preheat over to 400F.
  • Brush tops of proofed biscuits with melted butter; bake 30 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Brush with any remaining melted butter and place until the broiler for a couple of minutes to crisp up the top.


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8 responses

  1. I love this sourdough angel biscuits, so yum. I need to make it is one of breakfast bread in my list to make it. Thanks for the recipe.

    • That sourdough instant yeast is new to me. I found it at Fresh Market if you have those. I’ll be trying it in some other things as well.

  2. Angel biscuits look beautiful The recipe is really interesting. These look packed with health nd flavour. And there is an array of biscuits to try from your blog. Thanks for sharing Sue.

  3. The sourdough angel biscuits looks soft and fluffy. I have never tried making one and love to try it. Thanks for the interesting recipe.

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