Classic Buttermilk Biscuits

This piping hot, flaky biscuit recipe can be ready in less than 30 minutes. Store the homemade baking powder in a sealed container for the next time you're in the mood for quick bread.

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  • Yields: 12 to 16 biscuits
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Bake: 8 mins to 12 mins 500°
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Classic Buttermilk Biscuits
cups sifted unbleached all-purpose flour (measured after sifting)
tablespoon plus 1 1/2 tsp. Scott's Homemade Baking Powder (recipe follows)
tablespoon kosher salt
cup plus 2 Tbsp. packed lard or butter, chilled
cups chilled buttermilk
tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  1. Heat oven to 500 degrees F. In large bowl whisk together flour, homemade baking powder, and kosher salt. Add lard, coating in flour. Working quickly, rub lard between fingertips until roughly half the lard is coarsely blended and half remains in large pieces, about 3/4 inch.
  2. Make a well in center of flour mixture. Add buttermilk all at once. With a large spoon stir mixture quickly, just until it is blended and begins to mass and form a sticky dough. (If dough appears dry, add 1 to 2 tablespoons additional buttermilk.)
  3. Immediately turn dough onto generously floured surface. Using floured hands, knead briskly 8 to 10 times until cohesive ball of dough forms. Gently flatten dough with hands to even thickness. Using floured rolling pin, lightly roll dough to a 3/4-inch thickness.
  4. Using a dinner fork dipped in flour, pierce dough completely through at 1/2-inch intervals. Flour a 2 1/2- or 3-inch biscuit cutter. Stamp out rounds and arrange on heavy baking sheet. Add dough pieces, as-is, to baking sheet.
  5. Place on rack in upper third of oven. Bake 8 to 12 minutes until crusty and golden brown. Remove. Brush with melted butter. Serve hot.
Homemade Baking Powder
cup cream of tartar
tablespoons baking soda
  1. In a small bowl combine cream of tartar and baking soda. Sift together 3 times. Transfer to a clean, tight-sealing jar. Store at room temperature, away from sunlight, for up to 6 weeks.
Nutrition Facts (Classic Buttermilk Biscuits)
    Per serving:
  • 231 kcal cal.,
  • 12 g fat
  • (3 g sat. fat,
  • 8 mg chol.,
  • 200 mg sodium,
  • 26 g carb.,
  • 2 g fiber,
  • 6 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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