Fluffy and Flaky: John's Perfect Biscuits Recipe
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8-10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yields: Approximately 16 biscuits
- 4 cups White Lily Self Rising Flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 6 tablespoons Unsalted butter (Kerrygold is great)
- 3 tablespoons Crisco
- 2 cups Whole buttermilk
- In a mixing bowl, combine the self-rising flour with the baking powder.
- Cut the butter and shortening into the flour. You can use a food processor for this step, but be cautious not to over-pulse. A few seconds should suffice. If using a food processor, transfer the mixture to a large bowl and continue.
- Add half of the buttermilk to the mixture and stir with a fork. Then, add the rest of the buttermilk and try to incorporate all the flour.
- Transfer the dough out of the bowl and onto a well-floured surface.
- Press the dough together into a rectangle. You can use a pastry scraper to fold the dough like a letter, then push it out into a rectangle again. Repeat this folding process about 3 times in total.
- Lightly pat the dough out to your desired thickness. Approximately half an inch is a good guideline, but you don't need to measure it precisely.
- Cut the biscuits out with a well-floured biscuit cutter. Avoid twisting the cutter; instead, cut straight down. Gather any dough scraps, press them together gently, do one more fold, and cut out the remaining biscuits.
- Place the biscuits on either cast iron skillets or a heavy baking sheet that has been greased with Crisco.
- Preheat your oven to 500°F (260°C) and bake the biscuits for 8-10 minutes. During the last 3 minutes of baking, watch them closely to ensure they don't overcook.
- Optionally, you can freeze any extra biscuits by wrapping them in plastic wrap, placing them in a ziplock bag, and freezing. To reheat, microwave one or two at a time for 30 seconds and then toast them in the oven for about 3 minutes until they are heated through.
- You can also freeze cut biscuits on a cookie sheet, store them in a ziplock bag, and bake them straight from frozen when needed.
Enjoy your delicious homemade biscuits!
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