The biscuits will rise to double the thickness, about 1 inch high. Split in middle and rub with butter and then place together. An absolutely great biscuit that can be served with soup or along with your main course. I developed this recipe about 25 years ago.
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 3⁄4 cup cake-and-pastry flour
- 3⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons italian seasoning mix
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1⁄3 cup chilled butter
- 1⁄2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese (, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese is preferred)
- 1⁄3 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 2⁄3 cup buttermilk
- Preheat oven to 425 F degrees.
- Lightly grease an oven baking sheet with olive oil.
- In a large mixing bowl, add both flours, baking powder, Italian herb seasoning mix, salt, baking soda and pepper.
- Stir with a fork until well mixed.
- Cut in butter using a pastry blender or a fork until pastry resembles coarse crumbs.
- Stir in Parmesan cheese and cheddar cheese.
- Gently fold in buttermilk until well blended.
- Gather dough into a ball.
- On a lightly floured surface, gently knead dough 8 to 10 times.
- Dough will be slightly sticky.
- Roll out dough into a circle about 1/2 inch thick.
- Using a 1 1/2 inch cookie cutter, punch out dough.
- Place on greased cookie sheet about 1/2 inch apart.
- Gather up scraps of dough and re-roll and cut out remaining biscuits.
- Place on prepared baking sheet.
- Bake in preheated 425 F oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
- Serve biscuits hot with butter.
- If you prefer bite-size biscuits, then use a 1 1/4 inch cutter or make your own using the top of a spray can, there are many varieties of sprays to choose from. Just cut part of the top off so that you can clean easier.
- When cutting, dip the cutter into flour each time.