Buttermilk Biscuits


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Serves 12 | Prep Time 15 | Cook Time 20

Why I Love This Recipe

This recipe evolved from the recipe my Mom taught me when I was a kid. Over the years I experimented with the amount of flour used, tried substituting butter for the shortening and eventually ended up with this recipe. I weigh the fat - it's just more accurate.


Ingredients You'll Need

3 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 ounces unsalted butter, cold
2 ounces shortening
1/2 - 1 cup buttermilk
*Optional - 1 ounce melted butter


Directions

Preheat oven to 450º F.


Sift flour onto a flexible plastic cutting board.


Re-measure flour. There will be a little left over, which you should set aside.


Sift flour again onto the flexible plastic cutting board.


Add baking powder and salt to flour and stir to combine.


Sift flour a third time into a large mixing bowl.


Add butter and shortening to bowl.


Cut butter and shortening into flour using a pastry cutter until mixture resembles coarse meal (e.g. no large pieces of fat remain)


Stir in enough buttermilk for the mixture to come together into a soft dough ball (dough will be sticky).


Dump biscuit dough onto a well-floured surface.


Knead dough by lightly pressing it out into a flat shape, folding it in half, and repeating three or four times, dusting the top of the dough with a little flour as needed, until dough is no longer sticky.


Roll or press the dough into a 1/2" thick rectangle.


Cut using a 2 1/2" round cutter (or use a straight-sided drinking glass) into biscuits.


Reshape dough scraps and repeatrolling and cutting until all dough is used (you will need to habd shape the last biscuit).Bake for 15-20 minutes or until biscuits are risen and golden brown.


If desired, brush tops of hot biscuits with melted butter (optional).


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