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After toying with several biscuit recipes, this is the closest to what I grew up with in Nashville. Not quite Miss Carol's, but they're good!
- 2 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour (preferably White Lily)
- 3 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 cup buttermilk (or 1tbsp white vinegar in 1c sweet milk)
- 3 tablespoons butter (Cold, Unsalted)
- 5 tablespoons shortening (Preferably Butter Flavored)
- 2 tablespoons butter (Melted, for brushing)
- Preheat Oven to 450* Farenheit.
- While oven is warming, mix flour with baking powder and salt. Then, cut cold ingredients (butter, shortening) into dry mixture with a pastry blender or two knives until no particles larger than pebbles are present; refrigerate mixture until the oven reaches temperature.
- Mix in buttermilk until mixture just comes together as a sticky dough; how much you use will depend on the day's humidity.
- Knead on a well floured surface by patting dough out into a sheet, then folding in half and in half again. Repeat 4 times.
- Using a biscuit cutter or a drinking glass, cut rounds that are about 3" in diameter.
- Place on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil (no grease needed) so that sides are touching.
- Bake for 14-16 minutes, until tops are golden brown.
- If desired, brush with melted butter before serving.
- Serve plain with butter, or with honey/jelly/jam/apple butter, or use to make breakfast sandwiches with bacon/sausage/egg/cheese or any combination thereof.