This recipe comes from Cook’s Country and is my answer when I need yummy, light and fluffy biscuits in a relatively short amount of time. They use yeast, baking soda and baking powder to guarantee a fluffy texture every time. “The use of three rising agents also explains why these biscuits are sometimes called “bride’s biscuits”, as even a novice cook (or a new bride) can make light and fluffy biscuits on the first attempt.
1 cup buttermilk
2 1/4 tsp instant or rapid-rise yeast
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 TBS sugar
1 tsp salt
8 TBS shortening, cut into 1/2-inch pieces and chilled
2 TBS butter, melted
Directions: Adjust oven racks to upper-middle and lower-middle positions and heat oven to 200 degrees. Maintain temperature for 10 minutes, then turn off oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Stir buttermilk and yeast together until dissolved. In bowl of standing mixer fitted with paddle attachment, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt on low speed until combined. Add shortening and mix until just incorporated, about 1 minute. Slowly mix in buttermilk mixture until dough comes together, about 30 seconds. Fit mixer with dough hook and mix on low speed until dough is shiny and smooth, about 2 minutes.
On lightly floured surface, knead dough briefly to form smooth ball. Roll dough into 10-inch circle, about 1/2-inch thick. Using 2 1/2-inch biscuit cutter (or drinking glass) dipped in flour, cut out rounds and transfer to prepared baking sheets. Gather remaining dough and pat into 1/2-inch-thick circle. Cut remaining biscuits and transfer to baking sheets. Cover dough with kitchen towels and place in warm oven. Let rise until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
Remove baking sheets from oven and heat oven to 350 degrees. Once oven is fully heated, remove kitchen towels and bake until biscuits are golden brown, 12 to 14 minutes, switching and rotating sheets halfway through baking. Remove from oven and brush tops with melted butter. Serve.
Food Processor Method: In step 2, process flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt until thoroughly mixed. Add shortening and pulse until only pea-sized pieces of shortening remain, about 6 one-second pulses. Add buttermilk mixture in steady stream and pulse until dough comes together, about 6 more pulses. (Dough will be very sticky.) Turn dough out onto floured work surface and knead until shiny and smooth, about 5 minutes, adding more flour as necessary. Continue recipe with rolling out dough as directed in step 3.
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