i liked the 15 minute rest, allowed the buttermilk and baking soda to react making for a fluffier dough. i think it needed a little more salt.
Use a 2-inch cutter to make John Egerton's biscuits smaller, if desired. Bake in batches.
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Total: 40 Minutes
- 4 cups all-purpose soft-wheat flour, such as White Lily
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
- 2 cups buttermilk
- Melted butter
- 1. Preheat oven to 450°. Sift together first 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Cut butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender until mixture resembles small peas. Stir in buttermilk with a fork until dough forms a ball.
- 2. Turn dough out onto a well-floured sheet of wax paper. Sprinkle dough with flour, and flatten into a disk. Cover, and chill 15 minutes.
- 3. Remove wax paper, and turn dough out onto a well-floured surface; sprinkle with flour. Pat dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with a 3-inch cutter, reshaping scraps once. Place biscuits 1 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
- 4. Bake at 450° for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Brush immediately with melted butter.
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