Buttermilk biscuits #4

Yield: 12 Servings

Measure Ingredient
2 cups All-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon Baking soda
1 tablespoon Baking powder
1 teaspoon Salt
6 tablespoons Lard
¾ cup Buttermilk

From: Boyd Zenner <bz2v@...>

Date: 30 Oct 1994 20:49:54 -0500 Micah asked for a buttermilk biscuit recipe: this is the best one I've tried. It comes from Camille Glenn's _Heritage of Southern Cooking_.

Sift the dry ingredients in a large bowl and cut in the lard with a pastry cutter or with two knives until a coarse meal texture is obtained. Add buttermilk and knead lightly but thoroughly. The dough should be soft but not sticky: if it is, add a little more flour. Knead for 1 minute; wrap in foil or wax paper and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Roll out the dough ½ inch thick on a lightly floured surface and cut with a biscuit cutter. (If you don't have one, a drinking glass of the desired diameter will work okay.) Transfer biscuits to a dark baking sheet and bake until golden brown, 10-12 minutes.

A variation she suggests that is very good for cocktail biscuits is to fold in ½ t dried rosemary, cut the biscuits small, and serve as ham (or smoked sausage) when baked.

P.S. If you are a real Southerner, you will *not* try to replace the lard with vegetable shortening. It's just not as good.


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