Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
Hands-on Time
30 Mins
Total Time
2 Hours 50 Mins
Yield
Makes about 2 1/2 dozen

Nestle these yeast biscuits snug together in the pan and they'll rise even higher when baked. You don't have to use all the dough at once--refrigerate in an airtight container up to 5 days.

How to Make It

Step 1

Stir together first 3 ingredients in a small bowl. Let stand 5 minutes.

Step 2

Stir together flour and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl; cut butter and shortening into flour mixture with a pastry blender or 2 forks until crumbly. Add yeast mixture and buttermilk to flour mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and chill 2 hours to 5 days.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 400°. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead 3 or 4 times. Gently roll dough into a 3/4-inch-thick circle, and fold dough in half; repeat. Gently roll dough to 3/4-inch thickness; cut with a 2-inch round cutter. Reroll remaining scraps, and cut with cutter. Place rounds, with sides touching, in a 10- or 12-inch cast-iron skillet or on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Brush biscuits with 2 Tbsp. melted butter.

Step 4

Bake at 400° for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with remaining melted butter, and serve.

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