Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas
Active Time
15 Mins
Total Time
25 Mins
Yield
Serves 16 (serving size: 1 biscuit)

Gently pat the dough flat instead of rolling with a rolling pin. Patting preserves all the pockets of fat needed for flaky biscuits, whereas rolling pancakes them into small, dense pucks. Cut the biscuits into squares to avoid any leftover scraps. Spelt flour adds a deep nutty flavor, but you can use white whole-wheat flour if you can't find spelt.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 450°F.

Step 2

Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl, stirring with a whisk. Cut butter into flour mixture using a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in buttermilk just until combined.

Step 3

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead 2 to 3 times or until dough comes together. Pat dough into a 10- x 8-inch rectangle; cut into 16 squares. Place biscuits 2 inches apart on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until browned.

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