Tender Buttermilk Biscuits

These flaky biscuits benefit from, but do not require, butter and spicy-sweet pepper jelly.

  • Yield: Makes 10 biscuits
Tender Buttermilk Biscuits

Source: Martha Stewart Living, August 2008

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, plus more for serving
  • 1 large hard-cooked egg yolk, finely grated
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk, plus more for brushing
  • Pepper jelly, for serving

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Whisk flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a large bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender (or rub in with your fingers) until pea-size crumbs form. Cut in yolk. Stir in buttermilk until just combined.

  2. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead twice. Pat dough to a 1-inch thickness. Using a 2 1/4-inch round cutter, cut out biscuits, and transfer to a nonstick baking sheet. Repat dough scraps, and repeat once.

  3. Lightly brush biscuit tops with buttermilk. Bake until tops are golden brown, 20 to 22 minutes. Serve hot with butter and pepper jelly on the side. (Unbaked biscuits can be frozen up to 1 month. Brush with buttermilk, and bake 32 to 35 minutes.)

Cook's Note

Mixing a mashed hard-cooked egg yolk into the dough creates a tender, delicate texture in the resulting biscuits.

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