This is my husband's grandma. Her name was Minnie. When this photo was taken she lived with her family in a tent in Arkansas where she was born. As a little girl her family traveled to Oklahoma. They had to go over the Winding Stair Mountains to get to their destination. When she was older Minnie worked in the local cafes as a cook. She was well known for being a great cook, a hard worker and the "best grandma". She loved church. Sometimes if she didn't have a ride she would walk 6 miles to get to church. Her biscuits were a family favorite. I finally got the recipe and make them about once a week, which makes my husband very happy. I asked my father-in-law if his grandma, Minnie's mother, taught her how to make the biscuits and he said "that is just how everyone made biscuits on a wood burning stove". So, with that being said this recipe must belong to everyone. You can call them Pioneer Biscuits, Okie Biscuits, Buttermilk Biscuits or just what my husband calls them, "Grandma's Biscuits."
3 cups self-rising flour
1 t. soda
2 cups buttermilk
Sift flour and soda together, add buttermilk and beat. Pour on to floured surface and knead adding flour as needed until not sticky. Roll and use a floured cutter to cut out biscuits. Place in pan with oil, dipping one side in oil and then placing in pan on other side. Bake at 400 degrees until brown on top.
NOTE: The recipe above is the first written version, so I recommend halving the recipe until you get the hang of it. Don't add all of the buttermilk at once do it slowing until the dough feels right. Also the biscuits are more moist if they are a little sticky. I have never made biscuits without shortening so this took a little while for me to get right. The shortening is not necessary because of dipping the biscuits in oil. The easiest way is to add the oil to your baking pan then dipping one side then the next. I usually bake for about 10-12 minutes, but watch them closely. You will love these biscuits!!! Good luck!