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Course: Breakfast
Keyword: Baking, Bread, Breakfast, Brunch, Comfort Food, Southern, Southern Biscuits

Southern Biscuits

ACTIVE TIME: 20 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 40 minutes
Yield: 1 dozen
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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons unflavored shortening
  • 1 cup buttermilk, chilled

Specialized Hardware

  • 2-inch biscuit cutter
ACTIVE TIME: 20 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 40 minutes
Yield: 1 dozen

Procedure

  • Heat the oven to 450°F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Using your fingertips, rub butter and shortening into dry ingredients until mixture looks like crumbs. (The faster the better, you don't want the fats to melt.) Make a well in the center and pour in the chilled buttermilk. Stir just until the dough comes together. The dough will be very sticky.
  • Turn dough onto floured surface, dust top with flour and gently fold dough over on itself 5 or 6 times. Press into a 1-inch thick round. Cut out biscuits with a 2-inch cutter, being sure to push straight down through the dough. Place biscuits on baking sheet so that they just touch. Reform scrap dough, working it as little as possible and continue cutting. (Biscuits from the second pass will not be quite as light as those from the first, but hey, that's life.)
  • Bake until biscuits are tall and light gold on top, 15 to 20 minutes. Serve hot.
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