For light, flaky biscuits, mix and work the dough as little as possible, just until the dough is moist and holds together. Also, when you cut the dough with the biscuit cutter, don't twist. Try to remember to cut up and down. Twisting can cause them to rise lop-sided as they bake.
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, about 10 ounces
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder, preferably aluminum free
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons (2 ounces) duck fat, chilled for about 20 minutes in the freezer, until solid
- 1 cup buttermilk
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. Whisk to blend thoroughly.
Work the chilled/frozen duck fat in with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles meal. Add the buttermilk and stir until just moistened. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead just 2 to 4 times. The dough will be soft. Pat gently into a circle about 3/4 inches thick. Cut out with biscuit cutters and arrange on the prepared baking sheet. Gather up the scraps of dough and pat again into a small circle. Work the dough as little as possible.
Bake the biscuits for about 12 to 15 minutes, until golden brown.
Makes 10 to 12 biscuits.
Lightly Spiced Sweet Potato Biscuits
These excellent biscuits are a nice change of pace, and they're made moist and flavorful with sweet potatoes and spices. Make these biscuits to go with a ham dinner, or serve for breakfast with apple jelly or your favorite preserves.
Whole Wheat Biscuits With Green Onion
These tasty biscuits are made with party whole wheat flour, and a little parsley and chopped green onions make them special. These biscuits are easy to prepare in the food processor.
Make Ahead Buttermilk Biscuits
These biscuits are made ahead and frozen. Make a few batches of these biscuits on a rainy weekend and you'll have fresh biscuits any time you need them. Bake a couple at a time or a dozen,it's up to you.
Pepper Jack Biscuits
Pepper jack cheese and a little cayenne pepper give these biscuits robust flavor and a nice texture. Bake these biscuits to go with a hearty chili or tortilla soup, or make them for an everyday family dinner. Feel free to add more or less cayenne pepper to adjust the heat in these biscuits.
Guinness and Cheddar Biscuits
Use stout or a lighter beer in these delicious biscuits. These biscuits would be great with a hearty beef stew or St. Patrick's Day meal. They would also make nice slider buns for leftover corned beef sandwich melts.