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Under 30 Minutes

Scott Peacock's Buttermilk Biscuits

Homemade biscuits are delicious with butter and preserves or honey. Or serve them as cocktail sandwiches, with thin shavings of ham and a dab of mustard. We love the idea of using homemade baking powder, but store-bought will also work.

  • prep: 15 mins
    total time: 30 mins
  • yield: Makes 12

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Ingredients

  • 5 cups sifted unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for working, as needed
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Scott Peacock's Homemade Baking Powder
  • 1 tablespoon coarse kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons packed very cold lard or unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 2 cups well-shaken buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Cook's Note

Biscuit Talk from Scott Peacock: 1) Always measure the flour after sifting it, not before. 2) To help the biscuits rise to their fullest potential, take care not to twist the cutter (thus pinching the edges together) when cutting out the rounds of dough. When you look at them, you can see the layers that will result in flakiness. 3) Place the rounds close together on the baking sheet so the sides of the biscuits don't set early and inhibit rising. 4) Don't be afraid of brown biscuits. That crusty exterior provides contrast to the tender, light interior. 5) To reheat biscuits, place them on a cooling rack set in a baking sheet, and then warm them in a 350 degrees oven about 5 minutes.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 500 degrees with rack in upper third. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Add lard and coat well with flour mixture. Working quickly, rub the lard between your fingertips until roughly half is coarsely blended and half remains in large flat pieces, about 3/4 inch in size.

  2. Step 2

    Make a well in the center of the flour-lard mixture, and add buttermilk all at once. Stir quickly with a wooden spoon, just until mixture is blended and begins to come together into a sticky dough. (The dough will not form a ball at this stage and will, in fact, look unpromising.)

  3. Step 3

    Immediately turn out dough onto a generously floured surface. With well-floured hands, knead briskly 8 to 10 times, just until a cohesive ball of dough forms. With your palms, gently flatten dough to an even thickness; then roll out to a 3/4-inch thickness, working from center of dough outward with a floured rolling pin. (Flour rolling pin as needed, but avoid flouring top of dough unless you want dusty biscuits.)

  4. Step 4

    Dip a dinner fork in flour, and pierce dough completely through at 1/2-inch intervals. Flour a 3-inch biscuit cutter, and stamp out rounds as close together as possible, taking care not to twist cutter. Place rounds 1/2 inch apart on a parchment-lined heavy baking sheet. Place dough pieces that remain after cutting on baking sheet, too. Bake biscuits until crusty and rich golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove biscuits from oven and brush with melted butter. Serve hot.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, April 2013

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Reviews (3)

  • 25 Oct, 2013

    This is the best biscuit recipe that we have found (and we have tried lots, my husband is from Tennessee and loves his biscuits!). You have to make sure not to overwork the dough, but if you do it correctly, they are light, rise very high, and have wonderful flaky layers. To the person who missed what the melted butter was for, it is in the last sentence, you brush the biscuits with the butter when they come out of the oven. YUM!

  • 3 Jul, 2013

    I'm married to a southern man...do you know what this means for me?!?! Biscuits are a staple in our household and good biscuits are worth more than gold. This is, by far, the best biscuit recipe I have EVER made, So light and flaky (and tall), crispy and perfect all by themselves. The home made baking powder is easy and makes a big difference. The melted butter is at the end for brushed-on buttery biscuit glory!

  • 27 Jun, 2013

    These were very tasty, but they did not rise very high. Also the recipe calls for 3 T. melted butter and it never tells you what to do with the butter. So I left it out. I probably would not make this recipe again....others are fluffier and better looking.