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Chive and Black Pepper Biscuits

Chives and freshly ground pepper add a surprising bite to these biscuits.

  • yield: Makes 2 dozen

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface, fingers, and biscuit cutter
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped chives
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 11/2 cups low-fat buttermilk

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Whisk together flour, chives, baking powder, sugar, baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt and 2 teaspoons pepper. Cut in butter with a pastry cutter or rub in with your fingers until mixture resembles coarse crumbs with a few large pieces remaining.

  2. Step 2

    Stir in buttermilk. Dough should be slightly sticky; do not overmix.

  3. Step 3

    Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface, and pat into a 1 1/2-inch-thick round using floured fingers; do not overwork dough. Using a floured 2-inch cutter, cut out 24 biscuits.

  4. Step 4

    Transfer biscuits to a baking sheet, spacing 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake, rotating sheet halfway through, until golden and flecked with brown spots, 20 to 22 minutes. Transfer biscuits to a wire rack, and let cool.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, December 2010

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