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Cornmeal-Chive Biscuits

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Buffy Hargett

 

Hands-on time 20 mins
Total time 45 mins
Yield Makes about 2 dozen
Press straight down with a biscuit cutter or glass for higher rising biscuits. If you twist the cutter, you'll seal the edges of the dough and the biscuits won't bake as tall. 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups self-rising soft-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup self-rising yellow cornmeal mix
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 1 1/4 cups whole buttermilk
  • Parchment paper
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Combine flour and cornmeal in a large bowl. Cut butter into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Sprinkle butter over flour mixture, and toss. Cut butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender until crumbly. Cover and chill 10 minutes. Stir in chives. Add buttermilk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.

  2. Turn dough out onto floured surface, and knead 3 or 4 times, gradually adding additional self-rising flour as needed. With floured hands, pat dough into a 3/4-inch-thick rectangle (about 9 x 5 inches); dust top with flour. Fold dough over itself in 3 sections, starting with short end (as if folding a letter-size piece of paper). Repeat 2 more times, beginning with patting dough into a rectangle.

  3. Pat dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with a 2-inch round cutter, and place, side by side, on a parchment paper-lined or lightly greased jelly-roll pan. (Dough rounds should touch.)

  4. Bake at 425° for 13 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven; brush with 2 Tbsp. melted butter.

  5. Note: We tested with White Lily soft-wheat self-rising flour.