American Style Buttermilk Biscuits | Outlearn Activity Guide

Following a recipe can be tricky but creating something from numbers and instructions can be really satisfying. The aim of this activity is to make biscuits by following a recipe. This makes children read the recipe and work out the value for each ingredient.


  • Fire kit/Gloves/Water (Bucket)
  • Waxed Paper/Biscuit Cutter/Butter Brush
  • 250g plain flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable fat
  • 230ml chilled buttermilk (or natural yogurt (thinned) with whole milk)
  • 50g butter, melted (optional)


Combine all ingredients, then knead the dough by hand until smooth. If you have over estimated the buttermilk, vegetable fat or butter, then the dough will be sticky, so you will need to add more flour as your kneading.

Flour your hands and pat the dough flat to 3/4 inch thickness on waxed paper and punch out biscuits with a biscuit cutter.

Place biscuits on the bottom of the hot dutch oven and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Rotate the oven and lid often to prevent burning. Remember, these will bake from the top down. Brush golden biscuits with 1/4 cup melted butter.

Safety Tips

Make sure you are using good practise around the fire.