This recipe has been featured in a post on The Recipe Girl blog: How to Make Light & Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits.
Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits
Yield: 12 to 14 biscuits
Prep Time: 25 min
Cook Time: 12 min
There is nothing better than a light and flaky, melt-in-your-mouth buttermilk biscuit... topped with a smear of butter and a drizzle of honey.
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 Tablespoons chilled butter, cut into pieces
1 cup buttermilk
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly spray baking pan with nonstick spray (or line with parchment paper).
2. Mixing with the food processor: Place flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse the dry mixture together a few times to blend. Add butter and continue to pulse until fine crumbs form. Scrape the mixture into a bowl and stir in buttermilk with a wooden spoon until the dough is mixed together and a little sticky.
Mixing by hand: In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. Add butter and use a pastry cutter (or use your fingers) to work the butter into the dry mixture and form fine crumbs. Stir in buttermilk with a wooden spoon until the dough is mixed together and a little sticky.
3. Turn dough out onto a floured surface; knead lightly and form into a small round. Roll dough into a 9x5-inch rectangle (1/2 inch thick); dust the top of the dough lightly with flour. Fold dough crosswise into thirds (as if you're folding a piece of paper to slide into an envelope). Re-roll dough into another 9x5-inch rectangle (1/2 inch thick). Fold into thirds again; roll into another rectangle. Cut dough with a 1 3/4-inch biscuit cutter to form 12 to 14 dough rounds. Gather scraps and gently pat the dough together again to cut more biscuits.
4. Place dough rounds, 1 inch apart, on prepared baking sheet. Bake 12 minutes, or until biscuits are golden. Remove from pan; cool 2 minutes on wire racks. Serve warm.
*If the dough seems too sticky, sprinkle a little more flour, as needed, and knead it into the dough.