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.
1/2 cup warm water (100° to 110°)
1 (1/4-oz.) envelope active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
5 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
5 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
1/2 cup shortening, cubed
2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup butter, melted and divided
How to Make It
Stir together first 3 ingredients in a small bowl. Let stand 5 minutes.
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.
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.
Bake at 400° for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with remaining melted butter, and serve.
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When cutting biscuits with a biscuit cutter or floured glass, just press DOWN, do not twist the cutter. Twisting makes the biscuits uneven.... don't ask me cause I don't know why I just know from making biscuits for 52 yrs that it does ;o) I keep a small bowl of flour beside me and put the biscuit cutter into it after each cut so it goes thru easily.
I love these. Yes they take longer, but they are worth it! The perfect combination of yeast and baking powder, which makes a wonderful biscuit. My only complaint is that I can't get the cut out biscuits to rise evenly, which is no doubt my own fault for having limited experience making homemade biscuits.
I thought these were amazing! I honestly had never made a biscuit recipe with yeast AND baking powder (had only ever used baking powder in my biscuits, and east in yeast rolls) so I was skeptical...but they came out perfect. YUM.
I've made much better angel biscuits, including another Southern Living recipe. These were big on the biscuit side and light on the Angels. Not a bad biscuit recipe, but if I want angel biscuits, this is not it.