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Basic Buttery Biscuits

Rebecca Kracke Gordon of our Test Kitchens keeps a dozen or two of these tasty gems in the freezer for drop-in company.

Southern Living DECEMBER 2004

  • Yield: Makes about 2 dozen
  • Prep time:10 Minutes
  • Bake:9 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose baking mix
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and divided

Preparation

Stir together baking mix, buttermilk, and 5 tablespoons melted butter just until blended.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead 1 to 2 times. Pat to a 1/2-inch thickness; cut with a 1 1/2-inch round cutter, and place on lightly greased baking sheets.

Bake at 450° for 7 to 9 minutes or until lightly browned. Brush tops evenly with remaining 1 tablespoon melted butter.

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Bisquick all-purpose baking mix.

To make ahead: Freeze unbaked biscuits on a lightly greased baking sheet 30 minutes or until frozen. Store in a zip-top plastic freezer bag up to 3 months. Bake as directed for 8 to 10 minutes.

Cranberry-Orange-Glazed Biscuits: Decrease baking mix to 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons. Add 1/2 cup chopped dried cranberries to baking mix. Prepare dough, and bake as directed. Omit 1 tablespoon butter for brushing biscuits after baking. Stir together 6 tablespoons powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon orange juice, and 1/4 teaspoon grated orange rind. Drizzle evenly over warm biscuits.

To make ahead: Freeze unbaked biscuits on a lightly greased baking sheet 30 minutes or until frozen. Store in a zip-top plastic freezer bag up to 3 months. Bake as directed for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Proceed with recipe as directed.

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