Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Buttermilk Biscuits

4 C flour
2 T baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 C real butter, softened
2 C buttermilk
More flour for dusting
2 T melted butter

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Mix the flour, baking powder, and baking soda in a bowl.  Get a board ready and generously coat it with flour.  Using your hands, mix in the butter until no large pieces remain.  Make a well or a dent in the center of the flour.  Pour in the buttermilk.  Knead it together with your hands.  This will be a gloppy mess, but don't worry.  That's what the floured board is for.  Turn the dough out onto the board.  Knead the dough and add in enough flour until the dough is a drier consistency and can be rolled out, folding it in on itself as you go.  When the dough is ready to be rolled, roll it out to about 1/2 inch thick.  Using a glass to cut out circles or a knife to make square biscuits, cut them out and put them on a sheet pan.  Gather up the scraps, knead them back together, and keep cutting out circles or squares until there's not enough dough left.  You should get about 16-18 biscuits.  Cook 20-25 minutes. During the last five minutes, brush the melted butter over the biscuits.

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